Utah Senator and failed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney hasn’t really seen eye-to-eye with the President on many occasions as of late, and that doesn’t appear to be changing anytime soon.
Romney seems determined to mold the public opinion of himself into something akin to the legacy of John McCain, insomuch as Romney will have no problem cozying up to Democrats and eschewing his own party’s whims when it benefits him strategically.
In the case of opposing Trump, Romney has been consistently erring on the side of the Democrats, possibly in a bid to capture some centrist Utah voters come next election.
Now, in an effort to further his own profile on the national stage, Romney is even going so far as to insinuate that he could see himself voting to remove the President from office.
From The Atlantic:
Instead, Romney has emerged as an outspoken dissident in Trump’s Republican Party. In just the past few weeks, he has denounced the president’s attempts to solicit dirt on political rivals from foreign governments as “wrong and appalling”; suggested that his fellow Republicans are looking the other way out of a desire for power; and condemned Trump’s troop withdrawal in Syria as a “bloodstain on the annals of American history.”
Trump has responded with a wrathful procession of personal attacks—deriding Romney as a “pompous ass,” taunting him over his failed presidential bid in 2012, and tweeting a cartoonish video that tags the senator as a “Democrat secret asset.”
These confrontations have turned Romney into one of the most closely watched figures in the impeachment battle now consuming Washington. While his fellow Republicans rail against “partisan witch hunts” and “fake whistle-blowers,” Romney is taking the prospect of a Senate trial seriously—he’s reviewing The Federalist Papers, brushing up on parliamentary procedure, and staying open to the idea that the president may need to be evicted from the Oval Office.
Romney’s willingness to entertain such ideas is unique within the Republican party at this stage in the “formal impeachment inquiry”, with many of his fellow GOP members simply brushing off the Democrats’ investigation as nothing more than “RussiaGate 2.0”.
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