Romney Gets Rowdy In Anti-Trump Op-Ed 🥊

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Trump has not "risen to the mantle"

Mitt Romney - the 2012 Republican presidential nominee and incoming Senator from UT - kicked off the new year with some harsh words for the President. In a Washington Post op-ed, Romney says Trump’s presidency has damaged our reputation in the world and divided the country.

Counterattack

Trump took to twitter to counterattack Romney (“...I won big, and he didn’t…”). The shock came when Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the GOP and Mitt Romney’s niece, tweeted that the op-ed was “disappointing and unproductive”.


LEANING LEFT:

The Week: Mitt Romney just joined the resistance

Huffington Post: Mitt Romney Says ‘Trump’s Character Falls Short’ In Blistering Op-Ed

The left sees Romney’s op-ed as a potential turning point for the Republican party - a turn away from Trump. Articles argue this is the latest rebuke of the President by a high profile Republican (following Mattis’s resignation and Kelly’s departure). The left hopes Romney’s op-ed will be a rallying cry for Republicans to help Democrats remove Trump from office.

LEANING RIGHT:

National Review: Mitt Romney’s Counterproductive Op-Ed

Breitbart: Donald Trump: Mitt Romney Fights Me More than He Did Barack Obama

The right sees Romney’s op-ed as the opening message in his presumed 2020 presidential campaign. Articles from the right speculate that Romney will challenge President Trump for the Republican nomination in 2020 - and that he’ll lose. All Romney is doing here, the right says, is helping Democrats in their battle to weaken the president.


Will Romney take down Trump?

Probably not. Remember, Republican legislators have opposed Trump before - think Jeff Flake and Bob Corker - but have failed to start a movement within their party. Romney is better positioned than others were but it still seems unlikely that he’ll challenge Trump in any real way before 2020. 

Romney is still learning

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