Romney Refuses To Throw Support Behind Trump

Outgoing Utah Senator Mitt Romney last week revealed that he would not support Donald Trump in 2024 if he is the nominee and wouldn’t rule out voting for Joe Biden, NBC News reported.

While appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on December 10, Romney told host Kristen Welker that Trump’s “authoritarian rulings and interests” make him “dangerous for the country.” The Republican senator described the former president as a “human gumball machine” who frequently spouts unfiltered thoughts.

When asked if he would consider voting for Joe Biden if Trump was the nominee, Romney said aside from Donald Trump, he wouldn’t say who else he would rule out in 2024, suggesting that any endorsement of a Republican candidate from him would be the “kiss of death.”

However, Romney did say that he believed Nikki Haley was the only GOP candidate with a shot at defeating Trump in the primary.

Romney explained that Trump’s behavior suggested someone who would “impose his will” on the entire federal government and nation if he had the chance.

Bringing up the January 6 riot at the Capitol, Romney said he specifically called his supporters to come to Washington that day to deliberately disrupt the “peaceful transfer of power.” He said in light of that, there should be no question that Trump has “authoritarian rulings,” “interests,” and “notions” that he would attempt to impose, adding, “That’s dangerous for the country.”

When asked about the Republican-led House’s plan to vote on opening a formal impeachment inquiry into President Biden, Romney dismissed the idea, saying he had not seen any evidence that the president committed high crimes and misdemeanors.

Romney argued that House Republicans should have compiled the evidence first before beginning an impeachment inquiry, adding that there had to be “some inclination” of wrongdoing on the part of the president, and thus far, the House has not provided any.

Welker pressed Romney further, asking if he opposed the impeachment inquiry. The Utah Senator said if he was in the House, he would vote against the measure unless the Republicans brought forward evidence that a high crime or misdemeanor had been committed.