Stop spreading “the big lie.” That’s the message Utah GOP Sen. Mitt Romney has for his fellow Republicans. Romney has been one of the few Republicans since the Nov. 3 election to publicly say that President Joe Biden beat Donald Trump to win the presidency.
Speaking to the Economic Club of Chicago during an online forum, Romney said elected Republicans need to go on Fox News, where they have been ardently spreading false election fraud conspiracy theories, and say, “You know what, I was a big Trump supporter, I was really pulling for Donald Trump, but he lost fair and square.” He said such a profile in courage would do a lot toward bringing the country together post-Trump.
Romney also said that prominent GOP officials must counter the continuing drumbeat on some social media forums that claim that Trump somehow is still president and that Biden stole the election.
“You have many of the Trump supporters in elected office, senators, congresspeople, governors, continuing to say the same thing, that the election was stolen,” Romney said. But, he said, what they should tell people is that the Trump campaign “had a chance to take their message to the courts, the courts laughed them out of court. I’ve seen no evidence that suggests that there was widespread voter fraud.”
Romney also took issue with Republicans who say a Senate impeachment trial of the former president would further inflame passions in an already divided country.
“I say, first of all, have you gone out publicly and said that there was not widespread voter fraud and that Joe Biden is the legitimate president of the United States? If you said that, then I’m happy to listen to you talk about other things that might inflame anger and divisiveness,” he said. “But if you haven’t said that, that’s really what’s at the source of the anger right now.”