Fox News host Tucker Carlson refused to say the name of Republican Senator Mitt Romney during his show on Wednesday evening, as to not give him any fame or recognition for voting to convict President Trump.
Romney was the only Republican in the House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate that voted in favor of the impeachment articles.
“A lone Republican, as you may have read, defected and joined the Democrats,” Carlson said, per the Washington Examiner. “That senator shall go unnamed on this show on the grounds that silly moral preening should not be rewarded with the publicity it is designed to garner.”
As Mediaite reports, Carlson made the comments as “the screen showed a parody image of Romney adorned with a French beret, mustache, and baguette above a headline that read: ‘Pierre Delecto Strikes Again.'”
“Next thing you know some payday loan sleazeball will be telling us ‘We’re all going to Hell!’” Carlson continued in his remarks, per the report. “It’s too absurd, even for the ludicrous moment we are living. We’ll take that seriously just as soon as we decide Al Sharpton is a legitimate moral voice. So, enough of that.”
Watch his comments below:
As the Huffington Post reports, Carlson was not the only Fox News personality to go after Romney:
Hannity claimed Romney “is now a diminished figure.”
“Clearly, losing a presidential election ruins people,” said the “Hannity” host, a reliable Trump defender who has promised to campaign for the president’s reelection. He later suggested Romney “clearly cannot accept and get over the fact he lost” the 2012 presidential election to former President Barack Obama.
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“The difference between him (Romney) and Donald Trump is Donald Trump fought every single day, was tough, and tough enough to win,” Hannity added.
Ingraham, meanwhile, demanded Romney quit the Senate.
“Mitt, you made your stand. Now you should resign,” the cable personality said. “You committed a fraud on the people of Utah, on the Republican Party, on the Constitution and have thoroughly embarrassed yourself.”
The Washington Examiner reports Romney has been swamped with criticism (perhaps rightly so) for siding with Democrats, a decision even Romney acknowledges will make him “very lonely.”
“It’s going to get very lonely,” Romney told Fox News host Chris Wallace. “And again, the consequences are significant. They’re enough that it made this very difficult process for me. There’s not been a morning since this process began that I slept beyond 4:00 a.m.”