Mitt Romney (R-UT), shocked the world by announcing, for perhaps the billionth and final time, that he will not support former President Donald Trump in the upcoming 2024 presidential election. In another interview, Mitt Romney said that he has not ruled out the possibility of voting for President Joe Biden.
Romney is a prominent opponent of Orange Man What Is Bad and has appeared on many news channels to talk about how terrible Trump is. During a chat with NBC News Kristen Welker, the failed presidential candidate and senator indicated he wouldn’t support Trump because of his “authoritarian tendencies”.
When asked by Kristen Welker whether he would vote for Biden given what he had said about Trump’s election, Romney replied: “I won’t describe anyone else I will rule out except President Trump.”
Trump made his remarks after saying at a Fox News Town Hall on Tuesday that, “except from Day One,” he wouldn’t be a dictator should he win the White House in 2016.
Romney stated, “I believe we all agree that his behavior indicates that this person will try to impose his will on the judiciary system, the legislative branch, and the entire country if possible.”
“I mean, I don’t think he just randomly chose Jan. 6 to call people to Washington, D.C.,” he said, referring to the attack by Trump supporters on the Capitol in 2021. He called it on purpose. “That was when the peaceful transfer of power would take place — he was referring to that date.” He will certainly try to impose his authoritarian views, interests, and notions. “That’s dangerous for our country.”
If having “authoritarian interests and rulings” is disqualifying, then why would Romney be willing to support Biden who has repeatedly shown that he does not have a problem using the state’s power to impose his will on the nation?
Romney may have forgotten that President Biden forced Americans to take COVID-19 by slapping down employers. I was old enough to remember the White House’s attempt to force businesses with over 100 employees to require their workers to take the COVID-19 vaccine or undergo weekly testing. If it wasn’t for the Supreme Court ruling, he might have also succeeded.
Romney will remember the president’s crusade to ban gun ownership in America. The president, despite not having the support of Congress, has used every mass shooting in America to push for greater restrictions on firearms. He has weaponized ATF against gun owners who are responsible. Romney is an anti-authoritarian. Wouldn’t he have a problem with that?
The senator might not remember the anti-gun agenda and vax mandates, but he would recall how the Biden Administration tried to silence dissenting voices on social media about COVID-19 vaccines. The government paid large sums to private groups working with social media companies to silence accounts that expressed views about the pandemic which were not approved of by the state. This initiative was so aggressive that it targeted a member of Congress. Isn’t it authoritarian to use the government to silence speech?
One can certainly criticize Trump’s remarks about being a tyrant, or his suggestion that the government should “come down on” MSNBC and left-wing media. But saying that you are an authoritarian isn’t the same thing as actually being one. Biden was an authoritarian long before he was elected president. If Romney was a man of principle who detested authoritarianism – which he isn’t – he would eliminate Biden, regardless of how he feels about Trump.