“Republican” Senator Mitt Romney is once against throwing his support behind Democrats to oppose President Trump.
The Hill reports the Utah Senator claimed Trump was the one facilitating and instigating violent demonstrations across the country.
“The comments and tweets over the past few days, including a retweet of a 2019 video clearly intended to further inflame racial tensions, are simply jaw-dropping,” Romney said, pointing to a tweet Trump shared earlier this week.
Romney also challenged Trump who recently blamed “people that you’ve never heard of, people that are in the dark shadows” for the violence.
The Hill adds:
Romney has been one of the president’s most frequent Republican critics in the Senate, and Trump has frequently fired back in response. The Utah senator was also the only Republican senator to vote to convict Trump during his impeachment trial earlier this year.
Romney was also one of the most vocal Republican critics of Trump’s commutation of associate Roger Stone’s prison sentence.
“Unprecedented, historic corruption: an American president commutes the sentence of a person convicted by a jury of lying to shield that very president,” Romney tweeted in July. He has also frequently pushed back on the president’s claims about mail-in voting, noting that Utah, like many other Western states, has long held elections entirely by mail.
Politico reports several Romney supporters and former staffers recently announced they would be backing Biden in the upcoming presidential election:
In an open letter obtained by POLITICO, the group “Romney Alumni for Biden” says Trump’s rhetoric and actions are antithetical to the Republican Party they believe in.
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“What unites us now is a deep conviction that four more years of a Trump presidency will morally bankrupt this country, irreparably damage our democracy, and permanently transform the Republican Party into a toxic personality cult,” the group writes in the letter, published on Romney4Biden.com and released on the day Trump is due to deliver his keynote convention address. “We can’t sit by and allow that to happen.”
The 34 total signatories include finance, operations, policy and events staffers from Romney’s presidential bid.