Good lord. He really is going to be a Trump lackey in the Senate, isn’t he?
He’s asked in the clip below about having led the Never Trump movement, which he denies. And I suppose that’s fair enough: There was no formal Never Trump “leader.” But Romney, as the reigning GOP nominee and the person who delivered the most scathing anti-Trump speech by a Republican during the 2016 cycle, was the closest thing to one. In fact, I take his denial to be aimed not so much at the claim that he led Never Trumpers as at the idea that he even was a Never Trumper. He wasn’t my choice for nominee, says Mitt, and when I disagree with him I say so. But, he seems to imply, that doesn’t necessarily make one a Never Trumper.
Which is true. Unloading on Trump at length as a “phony” and a “fraud” in a widely watched speech might make you a Never Trumper, though. So might insinuating that Trump is hiding “a bombshell of unusual size” in his tax returns and declaring his refusal to release those returns to be disqualifying. And writing in your wife’s name on Election Day rather than cast a meaningless vote for the man in a state he was destined to win anyway seems almost like the dictionary definition of Never Trumpism, frankly.
Tim Aalders for Senate