Mitt Romney’s RNC Chair Niece Attacks Him Over Trump Critique
After former Republican candidate for president (and Senator-elect for the state of Utah) Mitt Romney blasted President Donald Trump in an op-ed published on Tuesday evening, some in the Republican Party felt it was necessary to throw shade back at him — including his own niece, Ronna McDaniel, who is the current head of the RNC.
In his opinion piece published in the Washington Post, Romney took aim directly at the president for failing to be the leader this nation needs, noting that “the Trump presidency made a deep descent in December” after a spate of resignations and other gaffes.
“To a great degree, a presidency shapes the public character of the nation,” Romney added. “A president should unite us and inspire us to follow ‘our better angels.'”
But Trump had not done that.
“With the nation so divided, resentful and angry, presidential leadership in qualities of character is indispensable. And it is in this province where the incumbent’s shortfall has been most glaring.”
Trump responded to Romney’s op-ed on Wednesday morning.
Trump asked RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel to stop using "Romney" — which she had for years in Michigan.
And she rarely does.https://t.co/p16P4LVGaU
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) January 2, 2019
“Here we go with Mitt Romney, but so fast!” Trump said in a tweet. He added that he wondered if he was a “Flake,” a reference to outgoing Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) who has also been critical of the president — and, who may mount a primary challenge against Trump in 2020.
Trump also said Romney should be a “team player,” sentiments that were echoed in a social media posting from McDaniel shortly after.
The RNC chair took out her scorn on her uncle in public, issuing out a tweet to defend the president against Romney’s criticisms.
“POTUS is attacked and obstructed by the [mainstream] media and Democrats 24/7,” McDaniel wrote. For an incoming Republican freshman senator to attack @realdonaldtrump as their first act feeds into what the Democrats and media want and is disappointing and unproductive.”
It’s unclear where this family feud will go next, but surely there is glaring evidence that Romney’s niece is unhappy with her uncle. That’s demonstrated in her “dressing-down” of his title in her tweet, as merely a “freshman Senator.”
Romney previously served as governor of Massachusetts, and won the Republican Party’s presidential nomination in 2012, losing in the general election to former President Barack Obama.