Remember when Mitt Romney was going to be the “leader of the Republican Resistance to Trump”?
For now at least Mitt Romney has become the leader of the Republican Resistance to Trump.
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) January 2, 2019
And in a piece for The Bulwark titled, “We Need Mitt Romney. And We Need Him Now,” Gabriel Schoenfeld argued back in February that “The national emergency over the border wall gives [Romney] a chance to rise to the occasion”:
We Need Mitt Romney. And We Need Him Now. https://t.co/NvhXM6lo3i
— The Bulwark (@BulwarkOnline) February 22, 2019
So, let’s check in with Mitt and see how his views on Trump and his immigration policies are going, shall we? From “Meet the Press” on Sunday:
"I think the president has tapped into something I think the people feel very deeply" — @SenatorRomney on immigration
— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) April 7, 2019
The Utah Republican “we need” wouldn’t even criticize the president for his “country is full” remark that the president made while visiting the border on Friday:
.@SenatorRomney on the immigration debate and Trump's statement that the "country is full":
Romney: "They say the magic word, 'I'm seeking asylum'… it's overwhelming our system."#MTP
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) April 7, 2019
More from his “Meet the Press” appearance:
Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney criticized Democrats for challenging President Trump on immigration, arguing the issue only helps Republicans politically.
Speaking during his first Sunday show interview since 2016, Romney argued that Trump has “tapped into something which the people feel very deeply” and said the Democratic focus is a “huge error.”
“We can’t have millions upon millions of people flooding into our country without a border that’s secure, without ICE making sure the people that are here illegally are sent back,” he said, referencing the nickname for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
“This is a winning issue I think for Republicans. But more importantly, it’s a winning issue for Americans to say, ‘We have to have the sovereignty of our nation.'”
Bonus Mitt: He called it “moronic” for Dems to try to get the president’s taxes through legislation:
MITT ROMNEY on Dem efforts to get Trump's tax returns: "I'd like the president to follow through & show his tax returns… [but] going after them through a legislative action is moronic. That's not going to happen."
Mitt quickly pivots to bashing Dems. pic.twitter.com/BSH65d8CC5
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 7, 2019
THUD: Jim Acosta tries to jab GOP for tolerating Trump’s ‘attacks on McCain, Bushes and Romney,’ trips HARD over MSM https://t.co/qBsmfSU5rG
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) March 18, 2019
Weapons of Mass Deception: CNN is clutching its pearls a bit too tightly over criticism of Bush and Romney https://t.co/tDVw1ZThIS
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) March 17, 2019