Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) betrayed Republicans everywhere once again this week, when he admitted that he didn’t vote for Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election.
While Romney’s office confirmed to The Hill that he did not vote for Trump, it refused to say whether or not he voted for Joe Biden. This comes days after Romney spoke out to attack Trump for not denouncing the online conspiracy movement QAnon.
“The president’s unwillingness to denounce an absurd and dangerous conspiracy theory last night continues an alarming pattern: politicians and parties refuse to forcefully and convincingly repudiate groups like antifa, white supremacists and conspiracy peddlers,” Romney said last week in a statement.
Romney also spoke out against both Trump and Democrats, claiming that they are both responsible for turning America’s political environment into what he called a “hate-filled abyss.”
“I have stayed quiet with the approach of the election,” Romney said in a statement posted on Twitter. “But I’m troubled by our politics, as it has moved away from spirited debate to a vile, vituperative, hate-filled morass that is unbecoming of any free nation—let alone the birthplace of modern democracy.”
“The president calls the Democratic vice presidential candidate ‘a monster;’ he repeatedly labels the speaker of the house ‘crazy;’ he calls for the Justice Department to put the prior president in jail; he attacks the governor of Michigan on the very day a ploy is discovered to kidnap her. Democrats launch blistering attacks of their own – though their presidential nominee refuses to stoop as low as others,” he added, calling on leaders in both parties to “lower the heat.”
There has long been no love lost between Trump and Romney, who was the only Republican senator who voted to convict Trump during his impeachment process. Last month, however, Trump joked during a campaign rally that he is “no longer angry” at Romney after the senator voiced his support for a Senate vote on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee to fill the seat that was vacated by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg last month.
Romney was the GOP presidential nominee back in 2012, when he failed to beat Barack Obama. Trump endorsed Romney in that race.