Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, decided to mark this year’s Independence Day with a divisive op-ed that lauded President Joe Biden as a “good guy” while ripping former President Donald Trump.
Romney, who can’t seem to figure out which side of the aisle he truly stands on, penned an editorial titled ‘America Is in Denial’ for The Atlantic in which he mentioned everything from inflation to climate change, and especially the January 6 Committee.
“Even as we watch the reservoirs and lakes of the West go dry, we keep watering our lawns, soaking our golf courses, and growing water-thirsty crops,” Romney wrote. “As inflation mounts and the national debt balloons, progressive politicians vote for ever more spending.”
“As the ice caps melt and record temperatures make the evening news, we figure that buying a Prius and recycling the boxes from our daily Amazon deliveries will suffice,” the op-ed continues. “When TV news outlets broadcast video after video of people illegally crossing the nation’s southern border, many of us change the channel.”
While that might sound like general politician talk, the next line got to the heart of what Romney really wanted to talk about.
“And when a renowned conservative former federal appellate judge testifies that we are already in a war for our democracy and that January 6, 2021, was a genuine constitutional crisis, MAGA loyalists snicker that he speaks slowly and celebrate that most people weren’t watching,” he said.
Ultimately, Romney believes that Americans are dismissing vital threats to our country and our “democracy” by refusing to confront them with the urgency that he deems appropriate and, spoiler alert, everyone is at fault.
“What accounts for the blithe dismissal of potentially cataclysmic threats? The left thinks the right is at fault for ignoring climate change and the attacks on our political system. The right thinks the left is the problem for ignoring illegal immigration and the national debt. But wishful thinking happens across the political spectrum. More and more, we are a nation in denial,” he explains.
But what got critics worked up the most was his suggestion that Biden is a “good guy” and that Trump is somehow poisoning America’s political discourse.
“President Joe Biden is a genuinely good man, but he has yet been unable to break through our national malady of denial, deceit, and distrust. A return of Donald Trump would feed the sickness, probably rendering it incurable,” he supposed.
He closes out his column with a call to leadership from everyone except the political class, who he says fails to unite Americans in favor of landing on whichever side of an issue will get them re-elected.
Unfortunately, it didn’t seem like anyone on either side of the aisle was interested in Romney’s holiday lecture:
Back when I was a republican, I voted for you. I respected you. What you say sounds nice but you do nothing to fix it and for the most part vote right along with the others. I’m glad the other guy won.
— Courtneyinnc (@CarterinNc) July 5, 2022
Maybe, now hear me out, just maybe you could start giving Pres. Biden support on those very issues.
— Life is Better w/a Dog,Resist, ExGOP, Soldier Mom (@Dotocon) July 5, 2022
Et Tu Brute?
— Mark Lawler (@mark_lawler) July 5, 2022
Senator, you often rail against deficit and debt yet I have never seen you discuss cutting the defense budget
— ammocontrol (@ammocontrol) July 5, 2022
I agree with what you say, however it has taken you way too long to say those words. Why?
— Lonnie Keeler ☮ (@tapmaniac) July 5, 2022
Like I’m gonna trust a venture capitalist to tell me anything
— Kevin Koelsch (@koelsch_kevin) July 5, 2022
But what are you actually going to do about it, Mitt?? I don’t think the op-Ed is enough! Prayers also won’t move the needle. You have power to create #ClimateActionNow
— Ginger (@00hginger) July 5, 2022
— Passiönate Fan (@tKCyclone) July 5, 2022
Why are you complaining about the results of the things you voted for?
— Jim Cook Jr. (@JimCookJr) July 5, 2022
Who are you talking to?
— Hark Mammal🌻 (@nowasforjason) July 5, 2022
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