Mitt Romney Likely to Withhold 2020 Endorsement of Trump

Mitt Romney Likely to Withhold 2020 Endorsement of Trump June 8, 2019

I’m going to tentatively call this a bold move.

And for anyone that actually pays attention to the history of Utah Senator Mitt Romney, backbone is not something he’s really known for. In fact, you may have seen or heard the words, “wishy washy” a time or too.

If you’ve kept up with my writing over the years, you’ve definitely heard the words, “wishy washy.” You’ve heard the word “squish,” too. “Spineless” isn’t a stranger to these pages, either.

Yes, I’ve looked at Mitt Romney with more than a bit of scorn since 2012, where he basically handed then-President Barack Obama a second term.

As I’ve often said, after their third debate, I’m pretty certain Romney voted for Obama, himself. He failed to capitalize where he was right on the issues. He was not aggressive, and a smirking president mocked the notion of Russia as a threat – something the nation would later realize to be exactly the case.

Side note: Do you think Trump supporters are comfortable knowing they share so much in common with Obama?

With that said, I have to point out that whenever Mitt Romney says anything that appears controversial in the age of Trump, but ultimately right, I don’t let myself get too excited. I have to remember that, although a man of great character, he wobbles like jelly when we really need him to dig in.

We’re at that point, again.

As a matter of fact, while speaking with reporters in Utah this week, the senator made a suggestion that many are seeing as a reflection of his less-than-chummy relationship with the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Will there be a 2020 endorsement of Donald Trump from Senator Romney?

“I don’t think endorsements are worth a thimble of spit,” Romney told reporters in Utah, according to The Associated Press. “I wouldn’t be surprised if I stay out of the endorsements.”

Some are saying this is Romney refusing to endorse Trump, outright.

Still, he may have a point worth considering.

Are endorsements worth the trouble? Do they move the needle, whatsoever, with the voters?

Some say they do. In Utah, where Romney is quite popular with the Mormon population and won his bid for senator with nary a bump in the road, showing that he stands behind the first term of President Trump and gives him his seal of approval could very well matter. For the very conservative voters in the area, on the fence about risking another Trump term or allowing a radical leftist into office, just a word of guidance from Romney could make the difference.

Romney’s relationship with President Trump has not been smooth.

While he does find common ground for agreement with Trump, such as with the 2017 tax cuts and some of the judicial picks, he has also spoken out against him.

“I have and will continue to speak out when the president says or does something which is divisive, racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, dishonest or destructive to democratic institutions,” Romney wrote in an op-ed last year. “I do not make this a daily commentary; I express contrary views only when I believe it is a matter of substantial significance.”

Romney’s niece currently serves as the mouthpiece for Trump’s GOP.

RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel once capitalized on her family connection to the senator, with every outlet referring to her as Ronna Romney-McDaniel. That didn’t last long. Shortly after taking over as chair, reports surfaced that a disgruntled Trump wanted her to drop the “Romney” while serving in that position.

And she did it.

That would be right in line with how Trump operates. He’s a very petty man.

Still, whether Romney endorses the president or not, he doesn’t feel there’s much of a problem, one way or the other.

The Utah Republican said Friday it’s still too early to issue any official endorsements, though he said while “it’s not a sure thing” he believes Trump is likely to win reelection in 2020 in part due to a strong economy.

I wouldn’t put all the eggs in the economy basket. Trump is such a divisive figure, even within his own party. The tariffs are continuing to hurt taxpaying – voting – Americans. He seems to view it as a game to tweet out things that cause the markets to dive. He’s unpredictable, and on some issues, such as gun ownership, he’s lurching further and further left.

Who knows?

With Democrats pulling every dangerous, destructive, far-left ideologue out of the putrid bowels of their party, we’re in anything goes territory.

Trump may need some of the more popular senators to go to bat for him before the election in their states. It would be a good idea for him to start mending fences with senators like Mitt Romney, now.

But since when does Donald Trump have the humility to do that?



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  • Michael Weyer

    It’s still hysterical to read how Romney was listening to some truly biased polling guys in his own camp who told him he was going to win in such a landslide that he didn’t even bother writing a concession speech.

    I have my issues with the guy but now admit he would have been better in the White House than Trump. At the very least, he wouldn’t have delayed a huge event honoring the 75th anniversary of D-Day with several veterans of the battle present because he was playing golf and then stop to do an interview with Fox News.

    Still, I’d hedge my bets since, as Susan points out, Romney has a history of looking like he’s about to grow a spine on an issue than collapse like jelly. He may very well end up like Cruz and throw out what “conservative” values he has to follow Trump after all.

  • Alpha 1

    Romney is going to bend the knee just like every other Republican. Trump cuts billionaires’ taxes, antagonizes Iran, and puts hard right judges on the bench. At the end of the day that matters more than any aesthetic distaste they may have for Trump.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    The judges Trump puts on the bench are not “hard right”. They are “alt-right” at best but more likely liberals in Republican garb – just waiting for the first signinficant case to come along to show their liberal colors.

    Gorsuch has already shown his colors and Kavanaugh did so even before his conformation.

    As to lower-court judges, since they get less scrutiny, it’s more likely they ore of the same “conservative” mold as Trump’s sister and the rest of the Trump family — that is to say “not at all”.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    Romney through out any conservative values he had when he passed RomneyCare and then supported Obamacare.

    Anything he says or does now is just posturing for the cameras.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    Welcome back Susan !

    I’ve missed your frequent postings. I do not believe I am alone in hoping whatever kept you from posting was not serious…. (Vacatations are a good reason to stop posting for a while, so I’m hoping that was the reason rather than illness or a death). (Perhaps a birth in the family ?)

  • Mother124

    Does anyone really think Romney’s non-endorsement is going to make a difference?

  • IllinoisPatriot

    I do.

    Whatever candidate Romney endorses, I would vote against, knowning that he has no principles and no spine as evidenced by his virtually handing the election to Obama and Obama’s promise of taking RomneyCare nationwide. and his support of virtually all other budget-busting, social-engineering far-left Democrat priorities.

    By Romney not endorsing ANY Republican, he has removed the indicators of who NOT to vote for.

    Thank goodness I’ve already decided that the entire (remaining) GOP has the bad judgement to support Trump and does not deserve my vote in the general election, but without Romney’s guidance on who to vote against in the primaries, I remain confused about which candidate is the lesser of the many evils of the (R) party. I however have no doubts about the (D) party.

  • JASmius

    Joe Biden is not a radical leftist. He’s left of center, certainly, and always has been, but in today’s political landscape he’s a moderate. And he’s also widely leading in Iowa, New Hampshire, AND South Carolina, as well as leading Trump by high single digits. It’s another facet of how a second Trump term is impossible short of another 9/11 terrorist attack or another Pearl Harbor to create the “rally around the flag” effect. Otherwise, Trump is doomed.

  • Michael Weyer

    I read at places (including many on the right) that one thing going for Biden is that he’s “comfort food.” That after all the chaos of Trump, both sides are ready for a more normal President to handle. Even some places on the right acknowledge that they’d rather have a moderate like Biden than a truly leftist person like Warren or Sanders which can help him out.

    Again, way too early to tell (I vividly remember in 2003 when it looked like Howard Dean was the sure-fire lock and then came the Iowa disaster) but the idea of Fox trying to paint Biden as some sort of radical progressive is downright hysterical.

  • Alpha 1

    They’re absolutely going to try, and they’ll convince at least 35% of the American electorate:

  • Michael Weyer

    Well, no shock as they spent eight years claiming Obama a massive socialist whereas the big problem progressives had was Obama not being nearly left enough for their tastes.

  • Stephen

    Hope you are right. Not good but better than alt right.

  • Stephen

    I agree. Trump cultists will just paste RINO on Romney and move on. Just like they did to McCain as Trump trashed him. I voted for McCain when He ran against Obama. It will not move the ideologues on either side. Probably elitist of me but , I do not see how a principle independent can vote for Trump or a principle Republican either. I wish my state had open primaries . I have in the past voted independent for both parties at times. A jungle primary would be better. That weeds out the extremest candidates.

  • Pennybird

    In fact, the center line has been moving steadily rightward since Bill Clinton’s administration. Biden being due left of that line still makes him fall a bit on the conservative side. He champions many Democratic policies, to be sure, but these are the policies that registered Republicans also support when the wording is favorable and the policy isn’t attributed to (demon) Democrats in any way. (i.e. social security, robust public education and so on).