President Donald Trump responded to Sen. Mitt Romney’s highly critical op-ed, not as some might have expected, with a blistering counter-attack, but by calling on the Republican lawmaker to be a team player.
Trump delivered his message via Twitter and in the process, employed a double entendre to make a comparison to Sen. Jeff Flake, the outgoing Arizona Republican who has been a fierce critic of Trump’s.
“Here we go with Mitt Romney, but so fast! Question will be, is he a Flake? I hope not,” the president tweeted. “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!”
Locked in a battle with Democrats to secure funding for a border wall, Trump passed on escalating any differences with Romney, who will be sworn in on Thursday as the next senator from Utah, to call on him to pitch in and help deliver a win.
Rising above petty attacks and remaining focused on policy objectives catching the attention of Mollie Hemingway, a senior editor at The Federalist.
“Trump has a policy-focused response to Mitt’s invective,” Hemingway tweeted. “The Dickensian-named Flake provides a helpful double entendres.”
Trump has a policy-focused response to Mitt’s invective. The Dickensian-named Flake provides a helpful double entendres. https://t.co/gu66oZXdnm
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) January 2, 2019
Because nothing is more appealing to Republican voters than a guy who is happy to have Trump’s support in the campaign, then turns on Trump after the election and writes a nasty piece about him for the Washington Post. https://t.co/pFt8rv29m3
— Brit Hume (@brithume) January 2, 2019
The irony being that in Romney’s blistering op-ed, where he claimed the president has not “risen to the mantle of the office,” the newly elected lawmaker wrote he had hoped Trump “would refrain from resentment and name-calling.”
Which is precisely what the president did in responding to Romney’s criticism.
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