Mitt Romney is laying some ground-work for a post-Trump Republican era.
“The president will not be the president forever,’ the Republican Utah senator told The Atlantic.
Romney has been known to call out the president, despite being from the same party.
“Berating another person, or calling them names, or demeaning a class of people, not telling the truth – those are not private things,” he said of Trump, adding, “If during the campaign you pay a porn star $130,000, that now comes into the public domain.”
Romney continued, “I do think people will view this as an inflection point in American history,” Romney tells me.
“I don’t look at myself as being a historical figure,” he adds, “but I do think these are critical times. And I hope that what I’m doing will open the way for people to take a different path.”
Earlier this month, Romney criticized Trump’s troop withdrawal in Syria as a “bloodstain on the annals of American history.”
“The decision to abandon the Kurds violates one of our most sacred duties. It strikes at American honor. What we have done to the Kurds will stand as a blood stain in the annals of American history,” said Romney.
The president has responded with predictable disdain, calling Romney “pompous,” a “fool” and tweeting “#IMPEACHMITTROMNEY.”
Romney is now looking past his 2012 failed presidential run to Barack Obama, and instead working on how to shape the Republican party post-Trump.
He is not planning to run for president again, but he says he has a long to-do list.
“My life is not defined in my own mind by political wins and losses,” he said. “You know, I had my career in business, I’ve got my family, my faith—that’s kind of my life, and this is something I do to make a difference.”
Romney said he doubts that the outcome of the 2020 election will look like Trump’s electoral wins from 2016.
“We have to get young people and Hispanics and African Americans to vote Republican,” he said.
Earlier this month, Romney went as far as to defend Joe Biden against Trump’s request for Ukraine and China to investigate Biden’s son Hunter.
“When the only American citizen President Trump singles out for China’s investigation is his political opponent in the midst of the Democratic nomination process, it strains credulity to suggest that it is anything other than politically motivated,” Romney wrote on Twitter.
“By all appearances, the President’s brazen and unprecedented appeal to China and to Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden is wrong and appalling,” he added.
Credit: Daily Beast