Incoming senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) started out the new year with a scathing attack on President Trump’s character. And now he’s awaken another Republic senator, who destroyed the former presidential candidate and Massachusetts governor in one brutal tweet.
In an op-ed published in the Washington Post on Tuesday, Romney praised the president on his handling of the economy, international trade, criminal justice, and Supreme Court appointments. But then he tore into Trump, saying he’s failed to unite the nation or “demonstrate the essential qualities of honesty and integrity.”
“Trump’s words and actions have caused dismay around the world,” Romney wrote, adding that the president has hurt his ability to be a respected global leader.
“To reassume our leadership in world politics, we must repair failings in our politics at home,” he warned. “That project begins, of course, with the highest office once again acting to inspire and unite us.”
“It includes political parties promoting policies that strengthen us rather than promote tribalism by exploiting fear and resentment. Our leaders must defend our vital institutions despite their inevitable failings: a free press, the rule of law, strong churches, and responsible corporations and unions,” he continued.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) fired back Wednesday morning, writing on Twitter, “Like other Big Government Republicans who never liked Reagan, Mitt Romney wants to signal how virtuous he is in comparison to the President. Well, I’m most concerned and pleased with the actual conservative reform agenda @realDonaldTrump has achieved.”
Trump’s campaign manager for 2020, Brad Pascale, took a shot as well, tweeting, “The truth is @MittRomney lacked the ability to save this nation. @realDonaldTrump has saved it. Jealously is a drink best served warm and Romney just proved it. So sad, I wish everyone had the courage @realDonaldTrump had.”
Trump himself responded to his long-time political rival, writing, “Here we go with Mitt Romney, but so fast! Question will be, is he a Flake? I hope not. Would much prefer that Mitt focus on Border Security and so many other things where he can be helpful. I won big, and he didn’t. He should be happy for all Republicans. Be a TEAM player & WIN!”
The president was referring to outgoing Arizona senator Jeff Flake, a Republican who often opposed Trump. Romney is replacing outgoing Utah senator Orrin Hatch.