Yesterday, incoming Senator Mitt Romney wrote an op-ed in The New York Times where he criticized President Trump’s character. In the piece, Romney says that over the past couple years, he had hoped the President would “refrain from resentment and name-calling” but “his conduct over the past two years, particularly his actions last month, is evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office.”
Romney goes on to say:
To a great degree, a presidency shapes the public character of the nation. A president should unite us and inspire us to follow “our better angels.” A president should demonstrate the essential qualities of honesty and integrity, and elevate the national discourse with comity and mutual respect. As a nation, we have been blessed with presidents who have called on the greatness of the American spirit. With the nation so divided, resentful and angry, presidential leadership in qualities of character is indispensable. And it is in this province where the incumbent’s shortfall has been most glaring.
He is not wrong.
However, true to form, President Trump has responded by taking to Twitter to attack Romney and insinuate he’s going to be another “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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2019
This tweet from the President only goes to prove Romney is right in his assessment of the President’s character. He can’t take criticism, resorts to name calling and childish behavior whenever someone says something about him he doesn’t like.
Romney ends his piece with:
Furthermore, I will act as I would with any president, in or out of my party: I will support policies that I believe are in the best interest of the country and my state, and oppose those that are not. I do not intend to comment on every tweet or fault. But I will speak out against significant statements or actions that are divisive, racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, dishonest or destructive to democratic institutions.
This is what we should look for in our leaders instead of insisting they always go along with the party because whether you believe it or not, the President is not always right. He may be making some good policy decisions, but character should also count for something as well and in that department, President Trump is sorely lacking.