Mitt Romney fired the first shot in the GOP establishment’s plan to remove Trump from office.
Romney authored an op-ed in the Washington Post that many pundits saw as his first step in taking on Donald Trump in the Republican primary.
But Romney’s awful plan to betray Trump was shut down by this unexpected person.
Romney published an op-ed in the Washington Post two days before he was set to be sworn in as Utah’s junior Senator.
The former failed Presidential candidate savaged Trump for his supposed poor character and whined that globalists like Nikki Haley and James Mattis leaving the administration meant Trump’s Presidency was spiraling out of control.
D.C. Republicans cheered the op-ed.
They claimed Romney admitted out loud what his Senate colleagues only utter in private.
And they salivated over the fact that Romney’s anti-Trump manifesto was either a declaration of his intentions to challenge Trump in 2020, or his plans to support whoever jumps into the GOP primary against Trump.
Even though Romney denied he would run against Trump during a CNN interview, he has lied over the years about so many of his policy positions that his denial is impossible to take seriously.
The former two-time failed Presidential candidate also said he was open to supporting a candidate other than Trump in the 2020 GOP primary.
“I think it’s early to make that decision and I want to see what the alternatives are,” Romney said in a CNN interview with Jake Tapper.
Everyone expected verbal pyrotechnics from Trump in response.
But he offered a relatively muted comeback.
The President pointed out that Romney failed as a Presidential candidate and hoped Romney would support a conservative agenda and not turn into another RINO like former Arizona Senator Jeff Flake.
“Here we go with Mitt Romney, but so fast! Question will be, is he a Flake? I hope not. Would much prefer that Mitt focus on Border Security and so many other things where he can be helpful. I won big, and he didn’t. He should be happy for all Republicans. Be a TEAM player & WIN!” Trump tweeted.
But the strongest response came from inside Romney’s own house.
GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel – who is Romney’s niece – fired back at her uncle on social media.
McDaniel accused Romney of doing the Democrats and fake news media’s dirty work.
“POTUS is attacked and obstructed by the MSM media and Democrats 24/7. For an incoming Republican freshman senator to attack @realdonaldtrump as their first act feeds into what the Democrats and media want and is disappointing and unproductive.”
Inside-the-beltway pundits were stunned.
Amazingly, they cast McDaniel – who defended her party’s President – as the disloyal figure, while they hailed Romney as the principled statesmen for trying to sabotage the will of the American people.
Romney badly miscalculated his op-ed.
Instead of rallying Republicans to rise up against the President, rank-and-file GOP voters saw Romney as a phony opportunist whose first act in the Senate was one of extreme disloyalty.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.