Romney — V — Trump (again)
And so the fight continues: In this corner, we have Donald Trump, two years into his presidency & friend of white evangelicals/Republicanism. In the other corner, we have Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts Governor, freshman Senator from Utah & devout Mormon. Both are also members of the wide Republican Party net, which, like Trump, embraces anyone/anything that can get them a win (Conservative; Freedom; Tea; Extreme-Right; Alt-Right; Racist).
Romney has poked the president bear, again, in his New Year’s Day Washington Post op-ed. No doubt, Romney’s words will lead to some co-signing from the Dems, Independents (what happened to their president & VP candidates, btw?) and those few GOP members, who aren’t afraid to agree. Some party loyalists will likely come to his defense and defend the indefensible (Graham; Grassley; Scalise; Meadows; Collins; McCarthy; etc.). And, there will surely be some juvenile name-calling — sadly, from the president of the U.S.
But, within the harsh critique of the president, don’t overlook the commentary that includes language/code that is beholden to the clear values that Romney, Trump and the GOP embrace. The tax scam, problematic tariffs, promotion of inequity, discriminatory practices & the bait/switch of Trump’s Mexico wall, are just a part of the nonsensical agenda that the Trump GOP continues to embrace.
Romney said, “His (Trump’s) early appointments of Rex Tillerson, Jeff Sessions, Nikki Haley, Gary Cohn, H.R. McMaster, Kelly and Mattis were encouraging.” What was so encouraging about these choices?
Maybe Romney forgot the time that Gen. Kelly proved his loyalty to Trump over truth. Kelly defended one of the multitude of Trump lies when he questioned the factual story of a mourning military widow and Congresswoman Frederica Wilson. What is encouraging about a retired military official, who has experienced the loss of the ultimate sacrifice, who calls a military widow a liar? How can we celebrate a person who has sworn allegiance to God & country, yet defends someone who, repeatedly, insulted the military and nation? You have to wonder what other antics did Kelly endorse, cover for or just turn a blind eye to during his latest assignment?
We were warned about the bigotry Sessions would bring to his AG office, by the late Coretta Scott King. Maybe Romney missed that memo and the previous rejection of Sessions. Ms. King’s words were stunning and served as a warning, not endorsement. Yet, Trump and the party (and Romney) endorsed him. And, he served them well, by undermining advancing real justice reform and being absent from any measurable defense of racial equity & civil rights. His recusal regarding the Mueller investigation made him useless to Trump, anyway. Nikki Haley didn’t do us any favors on the global stage — and didn’t serve South Carolina much better. And, they all, collectively, defend this administration.
Mind you, Romney stated, “I will speak out against significant statements or actions that are divisive, racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, dishonest or destructive to democratic institutions.” He, basically, claims to reject the entire Trump doctrine — which his party overtly — and covertly — endorse. How do you reconcile that, Mitt Romney? Didn’t you rush off to dine with Trump, in hopes of getting a cabinet position?
That is you in the picture, right? Let’s not forget that Romney has no love for 45 — but, still lauded him to try for that gig. And, Russia says they had final say about Trump choices, which was, nyet to you (and we know Russia is closer to 45 than Melania).
Romney gave a speech a couple years go, which, basically, foretold the past two years.
They have come to verbal blows before, so this battle won’t be uncharted for either of them. Romney’s latest critique is a reminder that the short-comings of Trump were/are well-documented. The party knows it and still embrace him; even as some headlines suggest that some members of the GOP are growing weary (get in line). Romney’s scathing critique of the character of Trump offers no news. If a “new” headline can be written, it’s that an incoming member of the Republican freshman class is speaking out against Trump (kinda), instead of outgoing members, like Jeff Flake and Bob Corker. Their condemnation didn’t really changed much of the final party line votes, where it really matters, though.
You know we are beyond editorial wrist-slapping, at this point. Will you be calling for Trumps resignation in your first year in office? That, sir, would be REAL news & direct action to defend the Democracy.
The GOP still embrace(d) the ills, to keep 45’s shrinking base happy. They have embraced (and defended) over two years of Trump’s divisive, racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, dishonest acts that are destructive to democratic institutions. They have contributed to diminishing the global view of our nation.
So, the old war of words:
“Romney Calls Trump a ‘Phony.’ During a speech at the University of Utah, the former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee said that if Donald Trump becomes the Republican nominee, “prospects for a safe and prosperous future are greatly diminished.” Trump fired back, tweeting that Romney ran “the worst campaign ever” in 2012 and was “begging” for Trump’s endorsement. (David Jackson, USA Today)”, will certainly, make headlines. But, this time, Romney will be fighting against one of Trump’s loyalists, Orrin Hatch, who is his fellow Utah senator. Hatch ignored Mormon women who had concerns about Justice Kavanaugh. That same Hatch recently said he “didn’t care” whether Trump broke laws. That is the prevailing religion, doctrine & philosophy of the party of Trump — who’s moral failings mean nothing to the evangelicals who still love him. Romney & Hatch share the faith of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormonism), but, they are also faithful to Republicanism (maybe even more than Trump). Time will tell if Mormonism, a faith built upon high moral values will lose to Republicanism & this Trumpist faction of Christianity, which is increasingly absent of any moral values.
God is watching, to see what & who we are fighting for-or against.