I’ve always respected former Massachusetts Governor and current Senator from Utah, Mitt Romney.
I’ve always thought of him as an honest, highly capable man who was successful in pretty much everything he did and would have made a very good president.
But, more recently, a combination of Mr. Romney’s distaste for President Trump (well earned, given some of Trump’s comments about him when they were competing for the 2016 presidential nomination), and his personal ambition have turned him into someone I recognize less and less.
The latest example of why my opinion of Romney has deteriorated occurred yesterday, while he was being interviewed by Jake Tapper on CNN’s State of the Union show.
When the talk turned to Republican congressperson (and avid Trump-hater) Rep. Justin Amash’s declaration that President Trump should be impeached, this is what Senator Romney had to say:
Translation: “Good for Justin Amash. How courageous that someone who hates Trump as much as he does says he would like to get rid of him. But, unfortunately, we don’t have the goods to get it done. At least not yet.”
Is Mitt Romney entitled to feel this way about Donald Trump? Absolutely yes. I might well feel the same way if Mr. Trump talked disdainfully about me as he did about Mr. Romney.
But there is little something being left out here.
When Donald Trump was elected President, Mitt Romney was being considered as Secretary of State. And for that period of time, Mitt Romney did not have a bad word to say about him. Click here, to see for yourself.
Only after he was rejected for the position did Romney’s distaste for President Trump magically, mystically come back.
That is not the behavior of principled man – which I always have thought of Romney as being. That is the behavior of a cynical opportunist – which I now see him as having degenerated into.
Oh, one other thing: a key reason Justin Amash hates Donald Trump so much is that Amash is, ancestrally, a Palestinian Arab who despises Israel – and therefore despises Donald Trump’s support of the Jewish state.
Fascinating, isn’t it, that this would take place given that so many gullible and/or uninformed and/or misinformed people have convinced themselves Donald Trump is a nazi sympathizing Jew hater…