Trump goes out on a limb, connects Romney with Burisma in retweets that claim ‘cover up’ motivated his vote

President Donald Trump, fresh off being acquitted by the U.S. Senate on two articles of impeachment filed by House Democrats, took to Twitter Sunday morning to take shots at two of the senators who voted against him.

The first being the most obvious, Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, and the second being Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., who denied the president an anticipated bipartisan vote of acquittal.

Wall Street Journal columnist Kim Strassel tweeted Sunday that Romney lost sight of the bigger picture — assuming he ever had it in focus — saying “any real damage” he causes by voting guilty on the charge of abuse of power will not hurt Trump, but will impact Senate Republicans in tough races.

“[Senate Minority Leader Chuck] Schumer’s goal with all this was retaking the Senate. If he succeeds, he’ll hopefully remember to send Romney a thank you,” she said.

The president replied to Strassel’s tweet: “Romney hurt some very good Republican Senators, and he was wrong about the Impeachment Hoax. No clue!”

Trump also went after Manchin, referring to him as “Munchkin” — the president has been complimentary of the Democratic senator in the past.

“They are really mad at Senator Joe Munchkin in West Virginia,” the president said in a tweet. “He couldn’t understand the Transcripts. Romney could, but didn’t want to!”

In an appearance Friday on Fox News, Manchin justified his vote.

“I said if I can come home and explain it, I can vote for it. I can explain this vote. It might not be popular in my state but we will see. History will tell. The bottom line is the evidence was very clear,” he said.

Trump went at Manchin soon after, expressing his disappointment while calling him a “puppet” for Speaker Pelosi and Schumer.

“I was very surprised & disappointed that Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia voted against me on the Democrat’s totally partisan Impeachment Hoax. No President has done more for the great people of West Virginia than me (Pensions), and that will….,” the president tweeted.

“….always continue. Every Republican Senator except Romney, many highly religious people, all very smart, voted against the Impeachment Hoax. @SenCapito was all in (a great person). I was told by many that Manchin was just a puppet for Schumer & Pelosi. That’s all he is!” he added in a subsequent tweet.

But make no mistake, it was Romney that really got Trump’s ire up, as the president retweeted multiple responses to Strassel’s tweet, including tweets suggesting that the Utah Republican is tied to corruption in Ukraine.

Here are posts retweeted Sunday by Trump — expect the media to have a field day with the claim linking Romney to Ukraine, though Trump has a knack for eventually being proven right when going out on a limb:

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