One percenter, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) accused Democrats of bribing voters by canceling student loan debt.
Sens. Mitt Romney and Lisa Murkowski have announced that they will join Sen. Susan Collins as Republican votes to confirm Biden SCOTUS nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson.
Mitt Romney said that any Republican who is supporting Putin is acting in a nearly treasonous way against the US.
Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) warned that “democracy is fragile” one year after the attack on the United States Capitol and called on Republicans to heed the lessons of that day, saying democracy cannot survive without “leaders of integrity” who can rise above the fold.
Sen. Joe Manchin wouldn't have the ability to make or break Build Back Better if every single supposedly moderate Republican didn't oppose the bill.
Supporters of Donald Trump are more than willing to use violence to get their way. This became clear when a mob of Trump fans engaged in an insurrection on the Capitol building on January 6th.
And that means that opponents of the former president, whether they be Democrats or Republicans, have to take their security seriously. Liz Cheney, formerly the Chair of the House Republican Conference, recently became the face of the anti-Trump movement. And according to a new report from the Hill, she’s been paying big bucks to stay safe.
Donald Trump brought a lot of new people into the Republican party. Despite losing the 2020 election, he still received the second most votes in American history.
At the same time, many have left the party because of Trump. And that includes a number of former campaign strategists. On Wednesday Nicolle Wallace talked to some of those strategists about how the GOP should move forward.
Following the events of Janaury 6th, a number of Republicans said there should be a investigation into the lead up of the insurrection. But as time has gone by, more and more of them are pulling their support.
Trumpism, in fact, has provided a fortuitous opening for the Republican Party establishment to salvage its own perfidious conservatism by providing a kind of straw man for the establishment.
“I made that commitment when I ran for office, and I intend to honor that commitment,” he said during a meeting with The Salt Lake Tribune’s editorial board. “So I will not be voting for new federal legislation related to guns and leave to the Legislature of Utah, closest to our people, any decisions they have in that regard.”
QAnon played a major role in the January 6th insurrection on the Capitol. More than a few of the mob members could be seen wearing QAnon paraphernalia. Other insurrectionists could be seen waving QAnon flags.
But Tucker Carlson has made a commitment to gaslighting his viewers, even if the evidence is right there in front of their faces. On Tuesday night, the Fox host said there is no evidence that QAnon even exists.
Carlson told his audience:
“So it’s worth finding out where the public is getting all this false information. This disinformation as we’ll call it. So we checked. We spent all day trying to locate the famous QAnon. Which in the end we learned is not even a website. If it’s out there, we couldn’t even find it. Then we checked Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Twitter ’cause we have heard she traffics in disinformation, CNN told us. But nothing there.”
Tucker Carlson says he couldn't find any evidence that the Qanon conspiracy theory even exists, like theres nothing out there proving that it's a thing pic.twitter.com/tqeYm73pAb
— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence)
February 24, 2021
In the days following the January 6th insurrection, a number of different videos emerged. Most of them were horrific, with scenes of Trump supporters beating and attacking Capitol police officers.
Other videos, though, showed the heroism of the officers who were under siege. One of these officers, Eugene Goodman was seen single-handedley leading rioters away from lawmakers.
The next time Americans saw Goodman was on January 21st as he escorted Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and their spouses to the inauguration. The police officer had been promoted to Deputy Senate Sergeant-at-Arms.
During Wednesday’s hearing, new footage was shown of the insurrection. And this new footage showed yet another display of Goodman’s heroism. During the chaos, Senator Mitt Romney was headed right towards the rioters. He was turned around by Officer Goodman.
Resounding applause for the entrance of Eugene Goodman, the Capitol Police officer who led rioters away from the Senate chamber during the Capitol assault two weeks ago. He is escorting Vice Pres.-elect Kamala Harris at the inaugural ceremony. https://t.co/uHC59FCV2w pic.twitter.com/WHiF1wc0cN
The “big lie” is not unique to Trump but rather constitutes a long-standing Republican tradition and political practice that, far from distinguishing itself from Trump’s governance, in fact enabled and even created it.
To the surprise of no one, Trump spent his last day in office issuing pardons to celebrities and political allies. Rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black both had their ongoing legal issues ended by the stroke of the president’s pen.
Al Pirro, the ex-husband of Fox News host Jeanine Pirro was given a pardon. But the most troublesome pardon may have been the one given to former Trump campaign head Steve Bannon. Bannon was facing charges for a scheme to defraud Trump supporters under the pretense of building a border wall.
Frequent Trump critic Mitt Romney blasted the pardons on Wednesday afternoon. “
I can’t imagine the founders in providing for pardon power for a president anticipated that presidents would use it to reward political friends, and as a result I would hope that we could develop a tradition of more narrowly providing pardons.”
The GOP really stood behind Donald Trump for a long time considering how absurd his election fraud claims were. While a few lawmakers were willing to refer to Joe Biden as the president-elect, most gave Trump time to stew and and grieve.
But after Joe Biden was awarded 306 Electoral College votes this week, Mitch McConnell congratulated Biden and Kamala Harris on their win. And this move opened the floodgates for other Republicans to acknowledge that Trump had, in fact, lost the 2020 election.
There are still plenty of true believers in the Conservative media world willing to push Trump’s lies. One of these believers is Eric Bolling, from the Sinclair Media network. During a recent broadcast, Bolling claimed that, because of the GOP’s willingness to stop fighting, there will never be another Republican president.
“Donald Trump will be the last Republican president in my lifetime,” the host began. “He may be the last GOP president ever again.”
Bolling continued, “T
he Republican Party is in disarray. They are split between the pro-Trump wing of the party and the establishment, old-school wing. Meanwhile, the left is united, laughing all the way to the White House.”
Americans have been living under a political system arguably best characterized as a tyranny of the minority for some time. Certainly, for the past four years the nation has suffered the insidious rule of a president who lost the popular vote by 3 million tallies in the 2016 election, just as the nation was hornswoggled into a devastatingly costly war—in human, financial, and geopolitical terms—and financial disaster from 2000 to 2008 by the Bush-Cheney regime, which also sneaked into office having lost the popular vote. And even when the majority vote was able to elect Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, it had to do so in the context of still-existent gerrymandered districting that meant in many cases, in down-ballot races, Republican candidates could win local elections in states that still featured an overwhelming Democratic electorate.
Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin have long had a symbiotic relationship. For Trump, who is not respected by most world leaders, Putin’s compliments and support are welcomed. For Putin, there mere presence of Trump in the White House helps lower America’s power and standing around the world.
And Trump’s presidential term continues to be a gift for the Russian leader. The president’s refusal to accept the results in a free and fair election surely please Putin.
Frequent Trump critic Mitt Romney made this point while speaking to Wolf Blitzer on Thursday. The Utah senator told the CNN host:
“The attorney general has said there’s no there there. The courts have all looked at the evidence and said there’s no evidence there. Now, of course, there will be circumstances where one or two, or a handful, maybe even 100 ballots were incorrectly sent in or counted, and those things get adjusted and get fixed. But the idea of widespread fraud is simply not been shown to us.”
Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) says that President Donald Trump’s behavior during the lame-duck period between his election loss and the inauguration of the Biden-Harris administration could yield “potentially more severe” consequences than a delayed transition. Thus far, the president has ordered his administration not to cooperate with the Biden-Harris transition team.
“The consequences of what’s happening during this lame duck period, I think, are potentially more severe than the consequences associated with a late transition process,” Romney told CNN’s David Axelrod on an episode of “The Axe Files” podcast released today.
Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) denounced what he referred to as the current state of “vile” and “
vituperative” American politics. His comments were a direct criticism of President Donald Trump, whom he blames for much of the political climate.
There are a number of Republican senators up for reelection in 2020. For some of them, sharing the ballot with Donald Trump could be helpful. For many more, it might be the end of their political career.
So when Donald Trump took the debate stage on Tuesday night, he was fighting for other Republicans on the ticket as well as for himself. And considering that the event was a total disaster for Trump, he didn’t do any of those incumbents any favors.
Republicans working in the senate were willing to rip Trump more than usual when discussing his debate performance today.
Unsurprisingly, Mitt Romney of Utah was willing to go farther than most. “I thought it was an embarrassment,” he told one reporter. In another interview, Romney said, “I can say I watched the debate last night. It was not a Lincoln Douglas debate, that’s for sure.”
"I think he should correct it, and if he doesn't correct it, I guess he didn't misspeak."