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Matt Gaetz: Mitt Romney no different than a Democrat, McConnell should boot him from GOP caucus

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Rep. Matt Gaetz unloaded on “Republican” Sen. Mitt Romney and the consequences he should face after siding with Democrats in the impeachment vote against President Donald Trump.

The Florida Republican admitted to Fox Business host Lou Dobbs that he sees no “difference” between the Utah lawmaker and other Democrats who have been “delegitimizing” the president and his administration’s accomplishments.


(Source: Fox Business)

 

Dobbs questioned Gaetz about his thoughts on Romney’s “perfidy” and “betrayal” of the president and his GOP colleagues in light of Wednesday’s Senate vote acquitting Trump. Romney was the only Republican to vote guilty on the abuse of power charge against the president.

“If I were Mitch McConnell I would expel Mitt Romney from the Republican caucus,” Gaetz said on “Lou Dobbs Tonight” Thursday.

“He has not acted like a Republican, he has shown no interest in working with this administration or Republicans who are eager to seize the opportunity of the Trump presidency,” he continued.

“And frankly, I don’t know the difference between Mitt Romney and a Democrat at this point because he not only voted with them, he undertook their arguments that are fundamentally delegitimizing of the movement that has fueled all of the successes that we have had over these last several years,” Gaetz added.

“I don’t think Mitt Romney is focused on anything other than the self-aggrandizing of Mitt Romney,” he concluded.

Dobbs agreed and added his own scathing assessment of the 2012 GOP presidential nominee.

“He’s lost sight for some time now of who the leader is and who is the follower, and he is neither,” Dobbs said, “which leads to much of his abhorrent conduct.”

Just one day earlier, Dobbs had leveled a blistering attack on the senator.

“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,” he said.

Romney’s momentary stint in the spotlight continues as Democrats and liberals, who shredded him over the years over policy, position, and party, are now lauding his “courageous” stand in a throw-away vote on the first article of impeachment against the president. The Senate on Wednesday delivered a 52-48 not guilty vote on the abuse of power charge and 53-47 on the obstruction of Congress charge.

Romney’s vote did nothing to tip the scales one way or another but will have reverberating effects for a long time to come as many denounced his act of political suicide. The former governor of Massachusetts now has the dubious honor of being the first senator in U.S. history to vote to convict a president of his own party.

His sanctimonious defense of his vote, claiming his faith had helped guide his decision, earned a not-so-veiled jab from Trump the next day.

“I don’t like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong,” the president said at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday.

In a speech later from the White House, Trump gave a shout-out to Utah’s other GOP senator.

Fox News host Laura Ingraham unloaded a fiery monologue targeting Romney and promising “we won’t ever forget.” She warned that if need be, she would move to Utah to run against him when his term ends in 2025, adding that  “Utah should never forget.”

Romney’s fate in his adopted state remains to be seen but some fired up state legislators are calling to censure or recall him, according to The Washington Times.

“We’re unhappy that you took this position with the president, we think it’s disruptive nationally, we think it harms Utah, and we’ve got some damage control to do as a result of it,” Republican Rep. Phil Lyman’s censure resolution reads.

Others, including Donald Trump Jr., are pointing to the handwriting on the wall.

Frieda Powers

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