Following reports that President Trump may have withheld financial aid from Ukraine unless they agreed to investigate Joe Biden’s son’s business ties in the country, Utah Senator Mitt Romney was one of the few Republicans to speak out with concern.
In reference to the whistleblower report from an intelligence official that was on a call between Trump and the Ukranian President, Romney commented:
“[It is ] very important that the transcript and potentially as well the whistleblower come forward.”
Mitt Romney just tipped off how scared he and the GOP are of where Donald Trump’s whistleblower scandal is headed https://t.co/quYLxbYs3B
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) September 23, 2019
Romney has earlier said that it “would be troubling in the extreme” if President Trump was using the powers of the Presidency to call on foreign nations to investigate his political opponents.
If the President asked or pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate his political rival, either directly or through his personal attorney, it would be troubling in the extreme. Critical for the facts to come out.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) September 22, 2019
Of course, as we all know, President Trump doesn’t take kindly to anyone saying anything even slightly hypothetically negative about him.
As he almost always does when a public fire draws his ire, the President struck out on Twitter.
In this case, he responded to Romney with a video mocking the Senator for losing his 2012 campaign against Barack Obama.
Romney responded with a bit of dry wit.
“I’d forgotten I’d lost, so I appreciate the reminder,” Romney says about last night’s Trump tweet
— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) September 24, 2019
Ooh, sass from Romney? 🤣
— paulaptb (@paulaptlb) September 24, 2019
That’s the most Mitty Mitt thing of a Romney to say
— kj kingsovler (@jksolver) September 24, 2019
Twitter was as disgusted by Trump’s childish behavior as ever.
Mitt Romney is a far better man than Trump will ever be. This isn't particularly difficult to figure out. https://t.co/RN8kFU76rR
— Kimberly Ross (@SouthernKeeks) September 24, 2019
Good remind him again!!
— HILLARYKILLEDSETHRICH (@HILLARYKILLEDS1) September 24, 2019
Trump never fails to demonstrate how he is a small and petty man. Unfit to be President. Unfit to be in polite company
— Bigmama (@BigmamaDolcea) September 24, 2019
You can always count on President Trump to take the lowest, most petty road imaginable.
Trump is unable to act like a responsible adult
— Brenna… (@Brenna52216108) September 24, 2019
Others felt that Romney’s words meant nothing without action to back them up.
Mitt Romney doing what he does best:
Furrowing his eyebrows and looking really, really indignant and moral and stuff.
— Scott Morefield (@SKMorefield) September 22, 2019
Romney better show some truth and speak up and DO Something and work for his constituents not Trump I know he has tons of grandchildren he needs to speak truth ❗️❗️❗️
— Gary H. Grossman (@ghgrossman1) September 24, 2019
Most other Republicans have fallen in line behind President Trump, largely ignoring the obvious corruption which has drew such concern an intelligence official that they felt they had to report it to supervisors.
In the face of such blatant corruption, many online pushed for impeachment proceedings to begin.
Other Republicans can simply echo Romney. Because the episode is "troubling in the extreme," it can't be ignored. So it's "critical for the facts to come out." But if Trump withholds documents or blocks witnesses, the facts can't come out. Then there's one remedy: impeachment. https://t.co/Za8om1wdnE
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) September 24, 2019
Troubling? Nah, it’s treasonous
— Nate McMurray (@Nate_McMurray) September 23, 2019
Hopefully, with such concerning reports from the White House, Senator Romney is just the first of many to denounce the President’s actions.
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