Despite ignoring calls to resign his office, Sen. Mitt Romney, R-U.T., made a surprisingly honest admission during a recent interview.
Romney said the Republican Party belonged to former President Donald Trump and his supporters — and that the establishment support that catapulted him to office was now only a “tiny wing” of the political party.
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“Will President Trump continue to play a role in my party? I’m sure he will. He has by far the largest voice and a big impact in my party,” Romney told The New York Times’ DealBook. “I don’t know about his family members … I don’t know if he’s planning to run in 2024 or not, but if he does, I’m pretty sure he would win the nomination.”
If he ran for the nomination, Romney admitted that Trump would “win in a landslide” based on current polls even though “a lot can happen between now and 2024.”
Despite dominating the Republican Party, the 2012 presidential candidate made it clear he would not back Trump and his supporters.
“I would not be voting for President Trump again. I haven’t voted for him in the past,” Romney said.
“I would probably be getting behind somebody who I thought more represented the tiny wing of the Republican party that I represent.”
In Utah, Romney is facing calls among grassroots conservatives to resign over his vote to convict Trump at the second impeachment trial.
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“This is the second time he has betrayed the people of Utah,” said conservative grassroots Republican Jonalee Tobias recently told The Salt Lake Tribune.
“We elected Mitt Romney to be a part of the red team,” she said. “Romney has decided to play for the blue team, and he should resign.”
On Donald Trump, Senator Mitt Romney at the DealBook DC Policy Project said: "I don't know if he'll run in 2024 or not, but if he does I'm pretty sure he will win the nomination." #DealBookDC https://t.co/Q6zOBOXHks pic.twitter.com/TK6fE9KLx2
— DealBook (@dealbook) February 24, 2021