Sen. Mitt Romney has unequivocally ruled out supporting 45th President Donald Trump’s third bid for the White House, even if the former president secures the Republican Party’s nomination.
The establishment U.S. Senator from Utah, who once sought Trump’s support in his failed bid failed to oust 44th President Barack Obama from the White House in 2012, made the remarks during a climate change event in Washington, D.C.
“Absolutely not,” Romney said, according to The Washington Examiner. He then touted his impeachment record, telling attendees, “Look, I voted to remove him from office twice.”
Claiming that “he loses,” Romney added that Trump is “not a person who ought to have the reigns of the government of the United States.”
Despite his refusal to support Trump – potentially abandoning the Republican Party’s presidential ticket come November of 2024 – Romney acknowledged the low odds that another candidate could win against him, the outlet noted.
Trump continues to dominate most polls of Republican primary voters, though one poll taken immediately after the party’s mediocre midterm performance showed Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis beating Trump.
Virtually all polls taken since Trump formally announced his candidacy, however, have showed the 76-year-old ahead by overwhelming margins.
Though Romney has positioned himself as a staunch public enemy of Trump, he nevertheless keeps company with many of Trump’s supposed allies.
In September, I reported that Romney was part of a group of senators – led by Trump ally Sen. Lindsey Graham – who sought to reverse the former president’s promise to pardon the January 6 prisoners if reelected in 2024.
While most of this small, establishment coalition sought to sway Trump diplomatically, Romney used used the media to bludgeon the idea.
January 6 “was an attack on the temple of Democracy,” declared Romney, before asserting that the January 6 defendants “should be prosecuted according to the law, and certainly not pardoned.”
Romney characterized Trump’s promise as “a grossly inappropriate comment to make.”