Mitt Romney set social media and the entire political world on fire after his Washington Post op-ed was published.
The incoming senator was extremely critical of President Trump’s character. In the column, the former presidential candidate wrote:
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.
Romney goes to say:
The world is also watching. America has long been looked to for leadership. Our economic and military strength was part of that, of course, but our enduring commitment to principled conduct in foreign relations, and to the rights of all people to freedom and equal justice, was even more esteemed. Trump’s words and actions have caused dismay around the world.
Following the publication of his column, Romney appeared on CNN with Jake Tapper to talk President Trump, Washington and his op-ed. In his appearance, Romney reiterates some of what he wrote in his column. He also talks about the need for increased security at our souther border and the divisive nature of our national political discourse.
Check out some of Romney’s appearance on CNN:
Mitt Romney on government shutdown: "I would vote for the border wall…I think we should have a border wall on our southern border." pic.twitter.com/fREDw1hHmw
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Utah Sen.-elect Mitt Romney says "the departure of Secretary Mattis and the decision to pull out of Syria and the abrupt way that it was done," was the event that encouraged him to pen an op-ed against President Trump https://t.co/jE7oqvEuID pic.twitter.com/g1Aw8Jno3A
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) January 2, 2019