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“Happy Days” actor Scott Baio, a known supporter of President Donald Trump, noted on Twitter Friday he may move to Utah to primary Sen. Mitt Romney in 2024 after the latter criticized the president’s post-election litigation.
“Hey @MittRomney, beautiful golf courses in Utah……maybe I’ll move there, play a few rounds and unseat you,” he wrote.
He also appeared to accuse the junior Utah senator of keeping a campaign donation for a fundraiser that did not take place.
Hey @MittRomney, beautiful golf courses in Utah……maybe I'll move there, play a few rounds and unseat you. P.S. My wife is still waiting for her $2600 refund. Remember your wife canceled that Beverly Hills political luncheon fundraiser? But your campaign kept the money. https://t.co/ZMBZVZw3zZ
— Scott Baio (@ScottBaio) November 20, 2020
“P.S. My wife is still waiting for her $2600 refund. Remember your wife canceled that Beverly Hills political luncheon fundraiser? But your campaign kept the money,” he added.
Baio’s threat to primary Romney came after the Utah Republican, who has engaged in a long-running feud with the president since he was passed over for secretary of state, ripped Trump on Friday for continuing to contest the election results in key battleground states.
“Having failed to make even a plausible case of widespread voter fraud or conspiracy before any court of law, the President has now resorted to overt pressure on state and local officials to subvert the will of the people and overturn the election,” Romney said in a statement released on Twitter. “It is difficult to imagine a worse, more undemocratic action by a sitting American president.”
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) November 20, 2020
He was likely referencing a meeting President Trump had on Friday with Michigan’s two top state Republican lawmakers, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield. After the meeting, they issued a joint statement saying they are unaware, personally, of any evidence of widespread vote fraud and that unless things change, they plan to follow the law and allow the state’s electors to be awarded to Joe Biden, who is currently leading the president.
“We have not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in Michigan and as legislative leaders, we will follow the law and follow the normal process regarding Michigan’s electors, just as we have said throughout this election,” they wrote.
As for Romney, he earlier told CNN podcaster and former Obama administration official David Axelrod regarding the president’s litigation, “Normally you find evidence and then after seeing evidence then you reach a conclusion about whether or not there was a crime committed.
Romney’s comments came on the heels of a press conference Thursday held by Trump campaign lawyers Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, and others in which they laid out stunning details of a scheme to steal election results in key states they say is supported by whistleblowers, statisticians, and other evidence.
His criticism was also echoed by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.).
“Wild press conferences erode public trust. So no, obviously Rudy and his buddies should not pressure electors to ignore their certification obligations under the statute. We are a nation of laws, not tweets,” he told Politico.
“When Trump campaign lawyers have stood before courts under oath, they have repeatedly refused to actually allege grand fraud — because there are legal consequences for lying to judges,” he added.
And Trump ally Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), noted, “They have to be able to show that proof. I haven’t seen proof yet.”
As for Baio, he endorsed Romney during his failed 2012 bid to unseat President Obama, KUTV reported.
President Trump reminded Romney of that defeat in a tweet in which he lashed out at the Utah Republican’s criticism of his campaign’s legal actions.
The prophetic Election Day tweet read: “More reports of voting machines switching Romney votes to Obama. Pay close attention to the machines, don’t let your vote be stolen.”
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