Failed presidential candidate and soon-to-be-sworn-in Utah Senator Mitt Romney started the New Year with a scathing attack on President Donald Trump, claiming the president has caused dismay around the world.
“The Trump presidency made a deep descent in December,” Romney he wrote in a Washington Post op-ed published Tuesday.
While campaigning for the Senate, Romney sought to rewrite history, denying his leading role in the Never Trump movement. Yet, the former Massachusetts governor admitted in his scathing attack that his opposition of Trump’s presidency never waned.
“On balance, his conduct over the past two years, particularly his actions this month, is evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office,” he lamented.
Romney commended Trump for cracking down on China’s “unfair” trade practices, criminal justice reform, and appointments of conservative judges – “policies mainstream Republicans have promoted for years.”
But he then proceeded to impugn Trump’s character, warning the president’s policies are “divisive, racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, dishonest or destructive to democratic institutions.”
“With the nation so divided, resentful and angry, presidential leadership in qualities of character is indispensable,” he wrote. “And it is in this province where the incumbent’s shortfall has been most glaring.”
Policies and appointments are only a part of a presidency. A president must also unite us, inspire us, and defend our vital institutions. https://t.co/jmIw8XbV4k
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) January 2, 2019
Trump’s leadership of the economic and military has “caused dismay around the world,” Romney charged, citing poll data.
“To reassume our leadership in world politics, we must repair failings in our politics at home,” Romney asserted. “That project begins, of course, with the highest office once again acting to inspire and unite us. It includes political parties promoting policies that strengthen us rather than promote tribalism by exploiting fear and resentment.”
As the U.K. moves to leave the European Union, Romney argued, “we want a unified and strong Europe, not a disintegrating union. We want stable relationships with the nations of Asia that strengthen our mutual security and prosperity.”
Romney said he looks forward to working with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), but when it comes to the president, he warned, “I will speak out against significant statements or actions that are divisive, racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, dishonest or destructive to democratic institutions.”
The incoming U.S. Senator for Utah viciously attacked Trump during the 2016 presidential election
The failed 2012 Republican presidential nominee, who relentlessly castigated Trump during the 2016 presidential election and lied about leading the Never Trump movement, accepted President Trump ’s endorsement of him during his 2018 senatorial race.
Mr. Trump’s manager for the 2020 presidential campaign, Brad Parscale, accused Romney of jealousy.
The truth is @MittRomney lacked the ability to save this nation. @realDonaldTrump has saved it. Jealously is a drink best served warm and Romney just proved it. So sad, I wish everyone had the courage @realDonaldTrump had. https://t.co/mbxoTqbSX6
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) January 2, 2019