Even though Donald Trump is no longer President, he retains a very large group of supporters. Many believe Trump should still be in office, and will defend his administration at every turn.
At the same time, these ardent supporters aren’t big fans of the so-called “RINOs.” And for a while, many Conservatives have listed Utah Sen. Mitt Romney as a definite RINO.
So, when he decided to go after Trump during a recent speech, it proved to be a bad idea.
Romney was speaking at a Republican convention over the weekend in his home state. And he began on the right foot: by asking the crowd what it thought about Joe Biden’s first 100 days.
Given the right-wing dislike of the current POTUS, Romney could’ve kept the focus on Biden and sided with his party.
Instead, he switched to talking about Trump — and that turned out to be a mistake. It didn’t take long for the attendees to change from applauding to booing.
It started when Sen. Romney said he wasn’t “a fan of our last President’s character issues.”
Then he made another misstep by asking the crowd, “Aren’t you embarrassed?”
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Romney realized his mistake and tried to reclaim the approval of the crowd, by saying he also wasn’t a fan of Joe Biden’s agenda. But it was too late by then; those in attendance were already riled up.
And things quickly went downhill from there.
The booing got so insistent that Utah GOP official Derek Brown had to interrupt Romney and attempt to quiet the crowd. Romney then returned to the microphone and defended himself:
You can boo all you like. I’ve been a Republican all of my life. My dad was the governor of Michigan and I was the Republican nominee for president in 2012.
Unfortunately, this did little to erase bad feelings he’d already spread throughout the assembly.
It didn’t help that Romney’s dislike of Trump was well-documented and often called out during Trump’s four years, and most Republicans haven’t forgotten. In fact, they may never forget.
Romney will have to work pretty hard to reclaim his standing in the party, and some right-wing citizens have already sworn they’ll never support him again.
But the crowd did cheer loudly for Sen. Mike Lee, who kept the focus on Biden. He got tremendous support for this statement:
Their whole agenda is wrapped up around one idea: unquestionable trust in government.
If Romney had taken this approach, he likely would’ve ended up getting plenty of cheers as well. And it would’ve helped his standing in the GOP.
But he couldn’t help calling out Trump, and that just won’t go well in a room where it’s likely that the vast majority remain loyal Trump supporters.
- Utah Sen. Mitt Romney was greeted with some applause during a Republican convention in Utah.
- But the applause quickly switched to boos when Romney went after former President Donald Trump.
- He also said he wasn’t a fan of Joe Biden’s agenda, but the crowd wouldn’t forget Romney’s mistake.
Source: The Daily Caller