Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney just committed the mother of all flip-flops by accepting an endorsement from President Donald Trump.
Throughout the 2012 presidential campaign, Romney was repeatedly criticized for flip-flopping on the issues. It was a criticism that contributed to his defeat by former President Barack Obama, who won a second term that year.
Upon Trump’s entry into the 2016 campaign, Romney publicly spoke out in opposition to his candidacy, telling a crowd in March of that year that Trump “has neither the temperament nor the judgment to be president.”
“Donald Trump is a fraud, a phony,” he said. “His promises are worth less than a degree from Trump University.”
Up to now, Romney had been a critic of Trump, which is why his announcement to run for a Utah Senate seat to replace outgoing Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has generated some excitement. After all, Hatch proved to be nothing more than a Trump crony and enabler. Romney was supposed to be different.
But, it appears Romney is back to his flip-flopping ways because old habits die hard.
On Tuesday, Trump officially endorsed Romney on Twitter.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2018
Rather than reject Trump’s endorsement, he accepted it.
Thank you Mr. President for the support. I hope that over the course of the campaign I also earn the support and endorsement of the people of Utah.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) February 20, 2018
Yeah, that was his first massive mistake, and Twitter users told him so.
Aaaaaaand now I’m donating to your opponent.
— Matthew Goodkin-Gold (@RealCFPBDrector) February 20, 2018
You are as disgusting as Chaffetz & Hatch then. You support child rape, wife beating & letting Russia run our government? Or are you hoping to get some NRA money to help kill more kids?
— ɭץกกﻉค۷۷ﻉɼ🌬🌊 (@LynneAvVer) February 20, 2018
— Debra Brimer (@twibrim) February 20, 2018
— TonyTwoTimes (@303ColoradoKid) February 20, 2018
Wow! Way to tumble in the eyes of people who imagined you’d bring principle and honor to your efforts. Mr. Trump *does* hold the racist, misogynist views you once claimed would taint his endorsement. But “thank you, Mr. President”
— georgiacaver (@georgiacaver) February 20, 2018
Twitter even reminded him of this little gem he wrote on Twitter in 2016.
If Trump had said 4 years ago the things he says today about the KKK, Muslims, Mexicans, disabled, I would NOT have accepted his endorsement
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) March 3, 2016
Trump has said and done far worse since taking office, including an effort to block Romney from running for the Senate, yet Romney just literally accepted his endorsement.
Even his opponent, U.S. Senate candidate Jenny Wilson, took a shot at him for flip-flopping.
So why did you accept it today?https://t.co/aE6NdMd1nW
— Jenny Wilson for UT (@JennyWilsonUT) February 20, 2018
The nation just watched a Republican Senate Candidate derail his entire campaign with a single post on Twitter. Mitt Romney is a spineless coward who will clearly flip-flop at the drop of a MAGA hat.
His past statements and criticisms aimed at Trump now mean absolutely nothing. If you were hoping that Romney would be that Republican voice who would stand up to Trump, you have to be seriously disappointed right now. Romney sold-out and bowed down to Trump the first chance he got.
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