How many Republicans are willing to speak up, risking their careers and their reputations among conservative voters, and declare Donald Trump a genuine danger to the future of the United States? So far, among those who hold elected office, the number remains fairly small. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) has been a part of this contingent, and over the weekend, while the United States of America celebrated the anniversary of independence, he gave a very stark warning about the danger the ex-president poses to the nation. Will MAGA listen?
Romney definitely has not endeared himself to the Trump Cult so far, but on July 4th, he dropped an op-ed in the Atlantic calling out the nation’s state of denial, saying that we — or a significant contingent of us, at least — have been ignoring some serious warning signs.
Romney likened Trumpism to climate change — something that we think we can write off as part of a cycle that will get better with minimal effort. With regard to Trump, he credited President Joe Biden as “a genuinely good man,” but acknowledged that the new administration has “been unable to break through our national malady of denial, deceit, and distrust.”
Of Congress’ response to the dangers of Trump, Romney said, “elected office
ials put a finger in the wind more frequently than they show backbone against it.”
What does he think would make the situation worse, though?
“A return of Donald Trump would feed the sickness, probably rendering it incurable.”
He also warned that in the past, the kind of clarity the nation needs right now has often come in the form of a severe crisis or tragedy — but that’s a high cost to pay, and could come too late to save America from itself.
His solution? Leadership, setting an example to bring us all together to “confront our common reality.”
Not just from the top, but at all levels of the country: “fathers and mothers, teachers and nurses, priests and rabbis, businessmen and businesswomen, journalists and pundits.”
His full op-ed is here.
Again, warning voters about Trump isn’t a new position for Romney. As NPR reported at the time, he did so way back in 2016, before Trump was ever elected, saying that the then-candidate is a con artist, “playing the American public for suckers.
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