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Sour Grapes? Mueller Report Leaves Romney “Sickened” By Trump; Team Trump Claps Back

Sour Grapes? Mueller Report Leaves Romney “Sickened” By Trump; Team Trump Claps Back

Romney sees himself as a prototypical statesman, and he doesn’t have a clue why Trump appealed to American voters

The long-awaited release of the Mueller report revealed, unequivocally, that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 election.

However, Mueller’s decision to lay out the case against Trump with regard to obstruction, and doing so without pursuing indictments against him or anyone else in his circle, has had  predictable results: the left is screaming for Trump’s scalp, and the Trump White House and his supporters are declaring vindication.

And then there’s Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT).  He self-righteously tweeted Friday about how “sickened” he is by the picture of Trump painted by the Mueller report.

Vox reports:

Utah Republican Senator Mitt Romney offered harsh criticism of the Trump administration after reading the recently released redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian involvement in the 2016 election, saying he was “sickened” by the “dishonesty and misdirection by individuals in the highest office of the land including the President” in a statement on Twitter Friday.

On the one hand, I get that Romney wants a heaping spoonful of vindication after having been roundly mocked, ridiculed, and dismissed as out-of-touch and ignorant when he declared during the 2012 presidential race that Russia was our nation’s greatest geopolitical threat.

Obama sneered that “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because the Cold War’s been over for 20 years.”  And the leftstream media hopped on the ridicule bandwagon, bludgeoning Romney with his (as has become clear) factual statement.

Now that Romney is maligning Trump, however, the very same media who once mocked him relentlessly are now sorry (not sorry).

But on the other hand, it’s hard not to wonder how much of Romney’s outraged outrage is simply sour grapes.  He lost the presidency because he was unable to mobilize the very voters who turned out in droves for Trump in the very next presidential election after Romney’s own 2012 defeat.

Whatever his motivation, Romney has stepped into it because the Trump team is pushing back.  Hard.

Starting with the president himself who has “pinned” his response to Romney on his profile page.  For those not on Twitter, Twitter users can select a tweet that will stay on top of the user’s feed; this is the same thing we do here at LI when we have a “featured post” that stays at the top of our home page.^google|twcamp^serp|twgr^authorAdditionally, both Rudy Giuliani and Mike Huckabee have entered the fray, heaping caustic commentary on Romney.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

Some of Mr. Trump’s surrogates have gone on the attack against the few Republicans who have criticized the president over the Mueller report’s findings, especially Sen. Mitt Romney (R., Utah).

“What a hypocrite,” Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for Mr. Trump and a former New York City Mayor, said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” He was responding to a statement in which Mr. Romney criticized the president for his campaign’s documented willingness to accept damaging material about Hillary Clinton from Russia.

“Man, man, I could tell you the things he wanted to do,” Mr. Giuliani said, in reference to Mr. Romney’s past campaigns for the presidency. “Stop the bull. Stop this pious act that you weren’t trying to dig up dirt on people.”

Huckabee, too, is pushing back.

Fox News reports:

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee lashed out at Sen. Mitt Romney after the Utah Republican said he was “sickened” by the level of dishonesty from President Trump’s administration in response to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s redacted report into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

“Know what makes me sick, Mitt? Not how disingenuous you were to take @realDonaldTrump $$ and then 4 yrs later jealously trash him & then love him again when you begged to be Sec of State, but makes me sick that you got GOP nomination and could have been @POTUS,” Huckabee tweeted Friday.

Ultimately, Romney is in a weak position here for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that there was no collusion.  Romney is essentially arguing that he finds Trump’s character to be lacking:  Orange Man Bad.

As Trump points out, Romney seems far more comfortable fighting the duly elected president of these United States, one from his own party, than he ever did fighting Obama for the presidency; furthermore, there is a touch of the wounded puppy (not the one strapped to the top of his car) here.

Romney honestly doesn’t get why he lost or why—a mere four years later—Trump won.  Romney sees himself as a prototypical statesman, and he doesn’t have a clue why Trump appealed to American voters (and continues to appeal to his base in record numbers), while he did not.  For Romney, Trump is an uncouth, unsavory character with no redeemable qualities whatsoever.  By contrast, Romney—ignoring his own cheap shots and petty foot-stomping—sees himself as the better man, the better president . . . who never was.

Sour grapes much?


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legacyrepublican | April 21, 2019 at 8:07 pm

I think Trump should have tweeted —

That from a man who tortures dogs and lets people die of cancer. No, wait, those were successful attacks by Democrats that he let happen because he wasn’t sickened by their attacks.

    I’m still dumbfounded that Romney let that dog story damage him. Obama ATE a fucking dog for crying out loud. How easy would it have been to crush him for that? You killed Sparky and then you are him? That’s just not who we are as Americans.

      As someone who had hours of fun dreaming up #ObamaDogRecipes on Twitter, I agree. How freaking stupid do you have to be to let that one go?

      McCain was equally useless. These milquetoast squishies live in some dreamland of the days of yore when politics was gentlemanly and everyone went out for dinner after the day’s legislating was over. When the hell was that? Thirty, forty years ago? Certainly not in this century.

      Romney lives in lala dreamland. I wonder what it will take for him to have his Lindsey Graham Kavanaugh epiphany?

      Colonel Travis in reply to Paul. | April 21, 2019 at 9:10 pm

      I was also dumbfounded until I read after 2012 from one of his sons who said his father honestly did not want to be president. I think he sort of did, otherwise he would not have run, period. But it is clear that he had zero desire to run to win. He did well that first debate. Then in debates 2 & 3 he didn’t even phone it in.

      The (R) party at the state and local level has been pretty solid for decades. At the presidential level, it’s too often been awful.

      tom_swift in reply to Paul. | April 21, 2019 at 9:12 pm

      That dog carrier thing always struck me as the coolest thing Mitt ever did. Except for that, he’s basically a weenie. Whatever else Washington DC may be, it’s definitely a NO WEENIES zone.

This bozo couldn’t even beat obama, after that traitor obama fell apart in the debates, revealing what a fraud he is. Then Mittens starts to debate that pig candy crowley while obama sits there like a child.

What rino garbage, huh?

He makes hillary clinton look gracious.

romney, the court jester of politics,

The inveterate corporate raider should be wearing an eye patch and flying the Jolly Roger. He is a scavenger, not a builder like President Trump.

I cannot bear to even look at that loser. Mitt Romney is utterly unrelated to real life in America. Were it not for the MSM, no one would hear a word from or about him, he is profoundly irrelevant, outside of his cult.

Utah, wtf is wrong with you? We warned you about Mittens. And now you saddled us with this POS.

    bw222 in reply to fscarn. | April 21, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    Just as lawyers go “judge shopping,” Mittens went “state shopping” until he found one with enough Mormons to elect him.

    Morning Sunshine in reply to fscarn. | April 21, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    some of us fought him. hard. and to his face in state delegate mtgs. But he “fixed the Olympics” and he is “a Utahan by culture and heritage” and “spent his summers at his grandparents in rural Utah” and …. and a lot of people liked Hatch, and Romney was his chosen successor.
    Also, some people are embarrassed by Lee. The last thing the party people wanted was another Lee in the Senate from Utah

      JusticeDelivered in reply to Morning Sunshine. | April 22, 2019 at 6:00 pm

      The professional group which I was running, and lobbying congress had quite a few members from Utah. None of us were happy with Hatch. Hatch constantly screwed Utah’s small business community.

Romney sees himself as a prototypical statesman…
He is what kills the repub party. Weak candidate, pansy bootlicking cuck. High tea in the afternoon and pinky finger in the air. (sarc) So hard to understand why he lost. (sarc off)
The only reason he got votes was due to the “not obaaaama” vote.
PDJT did what hardly any repubs do, and that was fight back without gloves. Right or wrong no longer matters in this battle, facts were dumped by the liberals long ago in their quest for totalitarianism running in favor of dems with a couple token repubs to whip like a sad puppy when needed to shift blame.
Stupid repubs should be sitting at his knee and learning lessons.

    “Romney sees himself as a prototypical statesman….”

    He’s a prototypical rino jackass.

    Hey Mittens: you’ll never amount to anything in the Senate, other than a jerk.

Perhaps Mittens still has dreams of grandeur. But, he would have been a very weak president. If he couldn’t stand up to fat, old Candy Crowley, how could he have faced Kim or Putin?

I wonder how sickened Mitt was by Ted Kennedy’s lack of character and when he made those feelings public – seeing as Mitt was once Governor Massachusetts – he was in a unique position to see justice done to good old Teddy. But he sat on his hands.

    Good point! Mittens McSmarmy is “old school,” so the public persona of good manners and perceived statesmanship trump the fact that Teddy left a girl to drown. Trump has no public persona of good manners, so he’s persona non grata in McSmarmy world. Rough around the edges is far more horrifying to Mittens than being responsible for someone’s death. That, I think, is all we really need to know about Romney.

      JusticeDelivered in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | April 24, 2019 at 5:17 pm

      I think that there is a syndicate of shyster members of congress who cooperate for personal profit, they represent true bipartisanship. They do not like Trump because he is an outsider mucking up their schemes. Romney personifies that group.

Hard to admit you’ve been conned.

Romney is a conman. He’s the progs little helper, always. The father of Obamacare.

Let’s be clear – Anyone that would take a donation from Trump and lavishly praise him, then turn around 4 years later and absolutely trash Trump, is a despicable scam artist.

Romney is best as a Middle Manager.
And what a Middle Managers is to work both ends, to save the middle.
And it doesn’t matter the cost, or the wisdom.
Save the middle.

It is clear he did not read the report, but rather received a synopsis by a staffer of the Mueller slander dime novel labelled Vol.II. This compendium of hearsay and speculation, much of it absurd, was his fixation. A man of such shallow judgement is not needed as President. He is no better than Flake.

FWIW, President Trump has often suggested that China, not Russia, is our nation’s greatest geopolitical threat.

I’m inclined to agree. Russia is still a competitor, like many other countries, but it’s not the superpower it once was. None of the hype about Russia’s alleged hacking of our election persuades me otherwise.

    Useless, backstabbinb rats like romney are more of a threat to the survival of our country than China ever will be. No power on earth can beat the US in a war. The only way to destroy America is from within. We saw that in Vietnam. Right, Cronkite and McNamara?

    Clinton started the job of internal destruction, obama/jarrett carried the torch and went into overdrive, a clinton continued the job, and now the likes of tlaib, omar and the rest of the maggots infesting our govenment and our media and our educational systems are working full-time to hollow-out our nation into collapse far worse than any foreign power ever could.

    Turds like romney add fuel to the traitorous fires within our country. At least mccain is dead.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to CorkyAgain. | April 22, 2019 at 10:56 am

    I raise german shepherds and rottweilers. My experience is that their temperaments are much better than ankle biters. Russia is an ankle biter.

    It is funny how people take shepherds and rotts seriously.

As far as national elections go, Romney and his type are ‘unelectable’, to borrow a favorite phrase of theirs.

This points more to Romney’s character than Trumps. You see, Proper and Correct Republicans do not lower themselves to shooting back when criticized by their betters. Romney considers himself to be both Proper and Correct, as well as a better.

Thus he had no idea that Trump would return fire in far greater volume, accuracy, and duration. This is a character flaw in Romney that he needs to rectify. Don’t whiz on the electric fence. It’s not a good idea.

    Valerie in reply to georgfelis. | April 22, 2019 at 9:56 am

    I get what you are saying, but I watched Mitt Romney dump a lying Democrat talking point on Newt Gingrich on national TV. He is not proper and correct in the deeper sense of being courteous or careful of the truth. He is motivated by money. I suspect that if you find the source of the payoff for him, you can predict his moves.

This guy needs to shut the fuck up.

He is now irrelevant…Mittens is like that little puppy dog that barks at the moon because he thinks he is important.

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | April 22, 2019 at 7:17 am

Mitt McCain.

SeekingRationalThought | April 22, 2019 at 9:07 am

So Romney goes to Washington and gets brainwashed. Haven’t I heard that story before?
Had something to do with his father and Vietnam.

Romney is a clown

Does anyone have an idea who might be down-voting each and every comment? Just curious.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to TrickyRicky. | April 22, 2019 at 10:44 am

    Likely it is Rags, who also uses other aliases. Rags appears to be seriously deranged, having a very bad case of Trump Derangement Syndrome and Little Person Syndrome, aka, small minded, petty, juvenile, prone to irrational anger.

    He claims to be a successful litigator, it is hard to see how some who is so easily baited could be such.

    Look at who isn’t downvoted, and if you have a good memory, you’ll know exactly who it is.

    Hi “Ragspierre”.

Count on Romney to be a sanctimonious, moronic backstabber, time after time.

    All deep characer flaws aside, what’s most amazing is his broken political antenna.

    Remember, he lost reelection as an incumbent governor of Mass. after one term. How’d manage that?

    Then, he lost an election to fat candy crowley. (Obama stood by and watched.)

    Now, he thinks he can become the next ‘maverick’ GOPe rat.

    It must be that to know Romney, is to despise him.

Mitt, two words: GO AWAY.