Guess who jumped on the Trump train? But wait, he actually claims he was never off.
I seem to recall Mitt Romney offering a scathing rebuke of Donald Trump.
“Oh that…I was only joking!”
In the midst of the 2016 presidential election, Romney infamously told a cheering audience at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics Forum to stop Trump at any cost. Even if that meant employing a nuclear political option: a brokered GOP convention in July.
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The GOP’s 2012 presidential nominee blasted the then-Republican front-runner as “a con man, a fake”. Romney continued, saying Trump is “playing the American public for suckers.”
Romney slammed Trump’s tax plan proposals. I bet he’d like to walk that back.
Next, he downplayed the president’s success as a business man:
If Donald Trump’s plans were ever implemented, the country would sink into prolonged recession. A few examples. His proposed 35 percent tariff-like penalties would instigate a trade war and that would raise prices for consumers, kill our export jobs and lead entrepreneurs and businesses of all stripes to flee America.
His tax plan in combination with his refusal to reform entitlements and honestly address spending would balloon the deficit and the national debt. So even though Donald Trump has offered very few specific economic plans, what little he has said is enough to know that he would be very bad for American workers and for American families.
But you say, wait, wait, wait, isn’t he a huge business success? Doesn’t he know what he’s talking about? No, he isn’t and no he doesn’t. Look, his bankruptcies have crushed small businesses and the men and women who work for them. He inherited his business, he didn’t create it. And whatever happened to Trump Airlines? How about Trump University? And then there’s Trump Magazine and Trump Vodka and Trump Steaks and Trump Mortgage. A business genius he is not.
Do people forget that we actually have them on video?
Because Romney must have the worst kind of dementia if he doesn’t remember that brutal attempted take-down of Trump.
Now, Romney sings a different tune.
The Utah Senate candidate audaciously claimed Saturday that he wasn’t a leader in the “never Trump” movement among Conservatives.
When asked about his stance on President Trump, Mitt Romney denies that he led the Never Trump movement. Seen here at a gaggle after a rally for #AZSen candidate @MarthaMcSally pic.twitter.com/cFDJC1RmQ8
— Meghan Keneally (@mkeneally) October 12, 2018
As The Hill reports:
Romney was asked following a rally in support of Arizona Senate candidate Rep. Martha McSally (R) about where he stands with President Trump given his fierce criticism of the president during the 2016 campaign.
“You led the ‘never Trump’ movement. I mean, what happened with that?” a reporter asked in a video posted online.
“I don’t think that was the case,” Romney responded. “President Trump was not the person I wanted to become the nominee of our party, but he’s president now. The policies he’s promoted have been pretty effective, and I support a lot of those policies.”
The folks who argued Romney didn’t have the character to be a national leader hit the nail on the head. Romney can’t admit what he did, even with proof.
He must have attended the Christine Blasey Ford School of Drunken Promiscuous Girls with Lost Memories.
I, um I’m not sure, but I think I may have had ONE BEER while before my speech at the event. All I know is I’m pro-Trump, even when he tried to rape me!
Come on; America’s favorite RINO meant every scathing word of his speech.
So, why the shift? Because Trump’s policies work.
Success can be a difficult pill to swallow for naysayers. And a successful man in his own right, Romney knows that Trump is a rock star. It’s time to play amnesia, and pretend to have always been in love with the man.
And Romney wouldn’t be the first. Look at Lindsay Graham, Mitch McConnell, Chuck Grassley, Bill Cassidy, all of whom got new Trump-manufactured backbones. Hell, even Jeff Flake put his on back-order.
Romney will likely replace Orrin Hatch. He needs to let President Trump know that he’s now on the team.
However, the next time Romney attempts to gaslight, he should remember we all have access to Google.