People change, parties change, and to hear Fox Business Network host Lou Dobbs and his regular guests tell it, the contemporary Republican Party of unrepentant national pride, politically incorrect truths, low unemployment, high wages, no foreign wars and freedom, liberty and justice for all is no place for someone like Utah Sen. Mitt Romney.
“Romney is going to be associated with Judas, Brutus, Benedict Arnold forever, when he is not even a footnote in a footnote otherwise, because of his betrayal,” Dobbs said Wednesday evening, responding to Romney’s decision to become the first U.S. senator in American history to vote in favor of removing a president from his own party.
Judas, Brutus and Benedict Arnold were famous traitors who chose during critical moments in history to throw their own leaders or people under the bus.
Ed Rollins, the co-chairman of the Donald Trump Great America PAC, added that, based on Romney’s treacherous behavior, he’s essentially no longer even a Republican.
“Romney said when he’s running for the Senate, ‘I’m not a Reagan Republican,'” Rollins noted. “He’s now not a Trump Republican. There are no Romney Republicans.”
(Source: Fox Business Network)
As noted earlier, people change, parties change. Once a party focused on the physical enslavement of blacks, for instance, the Democrat Party’s now a reformed party seemingly focused instead on the “mental slavery” of anyone who refuses to fall in line with status-quo, establishment thinking, as Trump-supporting rapper Kanye West once put it.
Likewise, it appears that the Republican Party — which Dobbs and Rollins appear to believe was once a home for “gutless,” “self-important,” “sanctimonious” elitists like Romney, Jennifer Rubin, Bill Kristol, Max Boot, and Rick Wilson, to name a few — is now instead a home for everyday Americans who are unafraid to stand up for what’s right.
“There’s no Romney, Romney,” Dobbs said as the FBN discussion continued. “The man obviously is confused. He is actually operating as if he’s got several personalities, with all of them coming together for this one vote today in which he simply is pitiful. He’s pathetic.”
“And he was so gutless,” Rollins cut in. “If he was going to vote against the president, he should have voted against him on both issues instead of trying to be lukewarm.”
Dobbs added that Romney was also “self-important” and “sanctimonious.”
During the final vote in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial Thursday, Romney voted to convict Trump on “abuse of power” but acquit him of “obstruction of justice.”
“The president’s purpose was personal and political,” he said on the Senate floor. “Accordingly, the president is guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust.”
“What he did was not perfect, no. It was a flagrant assault under electoral rights, our national security, and our fundamental values. Corrupting an election to keep one’s self in office is perhaps the most abusive and destructive violation of one’s oath of office that I can imagine.”
But the premise that the president’s request to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden’s alleged corruption had been an attempt at “corrupting an election” (namely the 2020 election) is a dubious Democrat theory that was never indefinitely proven true during the president’s impeachments hearings.
In short, it was a Democrat talking point and assumption — one that the so-called “Republican” senator scooped up in his arms like a baby for reasons that may never be known. Theories concerning Romney’s ultimate motivation have nevertheless emerged.
The top theory is that the senator simply hates Trump, either because he resents the president for not choosing him as secretary of state or he bitterly and covetously sees in the president everything he wishes he himself could be.
deep down Mitt Romney hates Pres Trump, because John McCain possesses his soul. Not one REPUB IN CONGRESS voted to impeach th PRESIDENT, Romney pulled a JOHN McCain. Now everybody knows how Romney felt about BARACK OBAMA but was afraid to express n fear of being labeled a RACIST
— 🇺🇸U S marshal j (@USmarshalj17) February 6, 2020
Oh my god, no. Romney is a Neoliberal scumbag and only voted guilty because he hates Trump, not because of any moral principle.
— Lord Keynes (@Lord_Keynes2) February 6, 2020
Romney’s vote was not a vote of character. He hates Trump personally.
— His Royal Highness, the Scarlet Pimpernel (@dweinberger66) February 6, 2020
Mitt is a bitter man. Hates trump and has waited for this moment. Nothing courageous about it.
— Nick (@SFl_Nick) February 6, 2020
No one knows Romney’s true motivation. If he did what he thought was right, good for him. I suspect him of fence riding, one for, one against. He is well known for shifting his political beliefs 180 whenever convenient. He also hates Trump enough to have that hate be motivation.
— RiddleMeThis (@TRiddle_Me_This) February 6, 2020
I voted for Romney when he ran for president. He has now embarrassed the Republican party and needs to step down. Anyone stating that he “was courageous” doesn’t understand Romney’s stance. He HATES Trump because Trump has embarrassed him many times. So, Romney wanted revenge.
— Jody Acree (@BugEaterNation) February 6, 2020
He had the right family name. The right look. The right education, business background, and experience. It was his time.
He’d lived his whole life in preparation for this.
And when his time came, he failed. Trump is President; Romney is not.
That’s why he hates him. pic.twitter.com/dcbyoqw3tt
— Eric Matheny🎙 (@EricMMatheny) February 6, 2020
The other going theory, as expressed by Rollins, is that Romney simply isn’t a Republican at heart anymore. If that’s the case, then at least he’s not alone, for there’s an army of seemingly equally bitter elites who’ve abandoned the Republican Party, all as the party — under Trump’s leadership — has delivered to everyday working-class American people more gains than they’ve seen in a lifetime.
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