(PatrioticPost.com)- Utah Senator Mitt Romney once ran for president as a Republican, but lately, he’s drawn the ire of many in the conservative party for his liberal leanings and especially his critiques of former President Donald Trump.
On Wednesday, he took his antics a step further when he published an op-ed for the liberal-leaning publication Atlantic, slamming Trump while offering his support for President Joe Biden.
In his piece, Romney wrote that Trump making a political comeback “would feed the sickness” the U.S. is experiencing right now, while also making its “denial, deceit and distrust” ultimately “incurable.”
“President Biden is a genuinely good man, but he has yet been unable to break through our national malady of denial, deceit and distrust. A return of Donald Trump would feed the sickness, probably rendering it incurable.”
He used Trump’s continued claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen as “a classic example of denial.” Romney compared the former president’s continued insistence on a stolen election to people who continue to play slot machines even after they’ve lost a lot. Because they believe they will win, he wrote, they think they ultimately will and keep playing.
Romney has supported the House’s investigation of the insurrection on January 6. He is also one of the few Republicans in the Senate who voted to have Trump removed from office after the House brought impeachment charges against him for the second time.
In his op-ed, he attacked other congressmembers who he said don’t have a “backbone,” writing:
“Congress is particularly disappointing. Our elected officials put a finger in the wind more frequently than they show backbone against it. Too often, Washington demonstrates the maxim that for evil to thrive only requires good men to do nothing.”
In the immediate aftermath of Romney’s piece being published, conservatives took to social media channels to respond in a rather harsh way. Mark Simone, who is a conservative podcaster, tweeted:
“The fact that Liz Cheney and Mitt Romney hate Donald Trump so much, is a real compliment to Donald Trump and makes him even more impressive. Those two Swamp creeps are always the best reverse barometer to use.”
Romney is one member of the GOP that Trump has consistently referred to as a RINO — a Republican In Name Only. While he is a member of the party, he seems to consistently go against the grain and side with members of the Democratic Party.
He especially is against anything that Trump does — and anything that any of his supporters do, too. Like Cheney, Romney is seemingly fighting against the possibility that Trump could return to actual power if he were to decide to run for president again in 2024.
Romney is being lumped into the Republican establishment, though he often finds himself all alone on an island in the Senate. Not even some of the other members of the GOP who sometimes go against Trump are quite as extreme as the Utah senator is.