Mitt Romney has ruthlessly attacked against President Trump repeatedly over the last two years, so recent revelations that Trump is trying to keep Romney from winning a US Senate seat in Utah shouldn’t surprise anyone.
Romney however, is reportedly furious over the issue.
According to Politico:
“Donald Trump is going all out to persuade seven-term Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch to seek reelection — a push aimed in no small part at keeping the president’s longtime nemesis, Mitt Romney, out of the Senate.
Romney has been preparing to run for Hatch’s seat on the long-held assumption that the 83-year-old would retire. Yet Hatch, the longest-serving Republican senator in history, is now refusing to rule out another campaign — a circumstance Romney’s infuriated inner circle blames squarely on the president. Their suspicions are warranted: Trump has sounded off to friends about how he doesn’t like the idea of a Sen. Romney.”
Romney’s most memorable Anti-Trump rhetoric came in a speech last year during the Republican primary, when Romney tried to stop Trump from winning the nomination.
“There are a number of people who claim that Mr. Trump is a con man, a fake — thank you,” Romney said. “Let me say that again. There’s plenty of evidence that Mr. Trump is a con man, a fake. Mr. Trump has changed his positions not just over the years, but over the course of the campaign.”
Romney proclaimed Trump would ruin the economy and destroy America-both claims turned out to be completely wrong. He even called Trump supporters “suckers.”
“Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud. His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University, Romney said. “He’s playing the members of the American public for suckers. He gets a free ride to the White House and all we get is a lousy hat. His domestic policies would lead to recession. His foreign policies would make America and the world less safe. He has neither the temperament nor the judgment to be president and his personal qualities would mean that America would cease to be a shining city on a hill.”
After Trump won, he played Mitt like a fiddle: Romney started praising Trump in an effort to become his Secretary of State, even going out to dinner with him.
“Trump did something I tried to do and was unsuccessful in accomplishing,” Romney said after the dinner. “He won the general election, and he continues with a message of inclusion and bringing people together, and his vision is something which obviously connected with the American people in a very powerful way.”
Romney also said he was “very impressed” with the President.
Trump chose Rex Tillerson, and many believe he was only toying with Romney, he was never really considering him for the position.
It’s not clear how the Utah Senate situation will end up, but make no mistake, President Trump will do everything he can to keep Mitt Romney out of the US Senate.