Utah Sen. Mitt Romney may be planning to try to rally Republicans to vote to remove President Donald Trump if he is impeached by the House of Representatives, Vanity Fair’s Gabe Sherman reports.
Romney was highly critical of Trump before he won in 2016. Romney later eased up on his criticism when he tried to land a cabinet position and when he ran for Senate but has reignited his criticism over Trump’s pressure on Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his decision to betray Kurdish allies that fought alongside US troops in Syria and open them up to potential slaughter by Turkish forces.
Romney slammed Trump after he openly called for China to investigate Biden.
“When the only American citizen President Trump singles out for China’s investigation is his political opponent in the midst of the Democratic nomination process, it strains credulity to suggest that it is anything other than politically motivated,” Romney tweeted. “By all appearances, the President’s brazen and unprecedented appeal to China and to Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden is wrong and appalling.”
Romney again slammed Trump after he decided to withdraw troops from northern Syria, opening American allies up to potential slaughter.
“The President’s decision to abandon our Kurd allies in the face of an assault by Turkey is a betrayal. It says that America is an unreliable ally; it facilitates ISIS resurgence; and it presages another humanitarian disaster,” Romney wrote. “This President’s decision to abandon our Kurdish allies in Northern Syria is ultimately a victory for Assad, Russia, Iran, and ISIS. The Administration must immediately reconsider withdrawing the few remaining U.S. troops who are playing a vital peacekeeping role.”
Trump lashes out:
“Somebody please wake up Mitt Romney and tell him that my conversation with the Ukrainian President was a congenial and very appropriate one, and my statement on China pertained to corruption, not politics. If Mitt worked this hard on Obama, he could have won. Sadly, he choked!” Trump tweeted in response to Romney’s criticism.
“Mitt Romney never knew how to win,” he raged. “He is a pompous ‘ass’ who has been fighting me from the beginning, except when he begged me for my endorsement for his Senate run (I gave it to him), and when he begged me to be Secretary of State (I didn’t give it to him). He is so bad for R’s!”
“I’m hearing that the Great People of Utah are considering their vote for their Pompous Senator, Mitt Romney, to be a big mistake. I agree! He is a fool who is playing right into the hands of the Do Nothing Democrats!” he added, using the hashtag “IMPEACHMITTROMNEY” even though members of Congress can’t be impeached.
Romney may rally GOP votes for Trump’s removal:
GOP donors have been lobbying Romney to primary Trump, Vanity Fair reports. Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci tweeted a poll showing Romney leading Trump 55-37 in a hypothetical primary matchup in Utah.
Romney has “firmly decided” against primarying Trump, Vanity Fair reported, but believes he could be a key player in the impeachment proceedings.
“He could have tremendous influence in the impeachment process as the lone voice of conscience in the Republican caucus,” a Romney adviser told the outlet. “Romney is the one guy who could bring along Susan Collins, Cory Gardner, Ben Sasse. Romney is the pressure point in the impeachment process. That’s why the things he’s saying are freaking Republicans out.”
Of course, those senators may be on the fence anyway. Romney would have to bring a lot more Republicans with him, since it takes a two-thirds majority in the Senate to remove a president.