January 2, 2019
Mitt Romney never spoke out against President Obama after losing his presidential race against him in 2012 but he has attacked President Trump incessantly over the last two years.
Romney’s latest attack, released just two days before he’s scheduled to take office on Thursday, accused Trump of being an immoral person for moving to end one of our many forever wars.
From Romney’s op-ed in The Washington Post, “How A President Shapes The Public Character”:
It is well known that Donald Trump was not my choice for the Republican presidential nomination. After he became the nominee, I hoped his campaign would refrain from resentment and name-calling. It did not. When he won the election, I hoped he would rise to the occasion. His early appointments of Rex Tillerson, Jeff Sessions, Nikki Haley, Gary Cohn, H.R. McMaster, Kelly and Mattis were encouraging. But, on balance, his conduct over the past two years, particularly his actions this last month, is evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office.
Note that the breaking point for Romney, which impelled him to take the heroic act of writing an op-ed, was the recent Trump foreign policy developments. Withdrawing troops violates the saintly sense of “national honor” that Romney will now tediously promote in the Senate
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) January 2, 2019
It is not that all of the president’s policies have been misguided. He was right to align U.S. corporate taxes with those of global competitors, to strip out excessive regulations, to crack down on China’s unfair trade practices, to reform criminal justice and to appoint conservative judges. These are policies mainstream Republicans have promoted for years. But policies and appointments are only a part of a presidency.
This is the same guy who lost to Obama by running on “principles” (which…