Bennett Rips Romney Over Op-Ed: 'A Gratuitous, Unnecessary, and Ill-Timed Shame'

Utah Senator-elect Mitt Romney a Republican was governor of Massachusetts from 2003-2007

Faced with biting public criticism from Republican Sen. -elect Mitt Romney, President Donald Trump pushed back Wednesday, reminding him that "I won big, and he didn't". Romney claimed in the tweet that he wouldn't have accepted Trump's endorsement in the 2012 presidential race if Trump had made the same sort of inappropriate comments about the Klan, Muslims and people with disabilities he became known for later, according to Raw Story.

The Flake reference was to retiring senator Jeff Flake, a Republican who has been a Trump critic.

"For an incoming Republican freshman senator to attack [Trump] as their first act feeds into what the Democrats and media want and is disappointing and unproductive", McDaniel tweeted. Pres. Trump has asked her to serve another term as RNC Chair through his 2020 re-election campaign.

Romney, who has also openly criticized Trump since the 2016 presidential election, wrote in the New Year's Day op-ed that Trump "has not risen to the mantle of the office". Other Republicans haven't been willing to go along, as Trump continues to have a passionate and vocal base of support among a significant segment of GOP voters.

He adopted a more nuanced view as a candidate for Senate previous year, speaking favourably of Trump's actions on taxes and judicial appointments, among others, but saying he did not consider the president a role model for his grandchildren.

The Times quoted an email from Jevon Williams, the Republican National Committee member from the Virgin Islands, who called Romney's op-ed "calculated political treachery", and urged other committee members amend party rules to prevent challengers from being nominated at the party's 2020 convention.

McDaniel's attack on her uncle came after the president himself criticized the incoming senator.

But others, including Trump, had plenty to say about it.




Asked about the possibility that Romney intends to run against Trump in 2020, Paul pointed out that Trump was able to win some states, such as MI and Pennsylvania, that Romney was not.

Neither Lee nor Romney voted for Trump in 2016, and both were highly critical of him during the campaign. "The man is not even sworn-in yet", Bennett said, adding that when Romney was running for senator in Utah, he didn't bring up his criticisms against Trump. The two later appeared to bury the hatchet, with Trump briefly considering Romney to be his secretary of state and endorsing Romney's 2018 run for the Senate.

Romney also drew flak from Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee - and his niece. "And I think that while he spoke of that, and while that was my hope, I don't think he's followed through on that front the way he's followed through on some of his other promises".

Trump repeated this theme later during a cabinet meeting, saying he wished Romney could be more of a "team player".

Paul charged that Romney belongs to a group of "never Trumpers" who also disdained former president Ronald Reagan.

Trump and Romney have had an on-off relationship. "I do not intend to comment on every tweet or fault".

"I think it's early to make that decision and I want to see what the alternatives are", Romney said.

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