Donald Trump is not much different than the majority of Republican polls report in that he thinks less of women than of men. He pulled one of his former competitors in the 2016 primary over the coals of humiliation, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. He dangled the job of secretary of state over Romney’s head as he forced his dinner guest to “eat crow” at a three-star Trump hotel restaurant.
Counselor to the President, Kellyanne Conway said, according to The Washington Post, that Trump’s voters would:
‘Feel betrayed to think that Gov. Romney would get the most prominent Cabinet post after he went so far out of his way to hurt Donald Trump.’
Of course, the president was just tormenting Romney. Yet Trump did appoint the former governor’s niece, Ronna Romney McDaniel, as chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC). There was only one catch to this remarkable opportunity – she had to stop using her maiden name in public.
Then, Trump tried to joke his way around his request, except it was no joke. The woman had long used ‘Romney’ as part of her name in Michigan. Her grandfather, George W. Romney had been the state’s governor, and she was clearly proud of the name.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ father is former presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee. Yet, 45 did not make her drop her maiden name. The difference was that the former governor of Arkansas had not run against Trump.
McDaniel dropped her maiden name from the official GOP communications and has basically quit using it at all.
The former Massachusetts governor and Trump have a long political history. In 2012, Romney sought out the billionaire’s endorsement. The president called his primary competitor a “stone cold loser” who could have easily won over President Barack Obama, but he blew it.
Now, that Republican Senator Orrin Hatch, 83, of Utah has decided to retire, Mitt Romney is considering a run for the position. A senior White House official said that Trump is trying to get Hatch to stay. If Romney won the Utah Senate seat, he would be perfectly placed to make a run against the sitting president in 2020.
The White House thinks that Hatch is loyal and a reliable vote for his wishes. On the other hand, Romney has been quite critical of Trump.
Trump told Hatch, The Washington Post reported:
‘We hope you continue to serve your state and your country in the Senate for a very long time to come.’
Apparently trying to have it both ways, the president also called Romney to talk about policy.
‘Mitt is a close friend, and I resent attacks on anyone’s religion, especially my own.’
Romney made national news recently by condemning Moore’s sexual exploits when he tweeted:
‘Roy Moore in the US Senate would be a stain on the GOP and on the nation. Leigh Corfman and other victims are courageous heroes.’
Romney described Trump during the 2016 campaign as “a con man, a fake.” Then Trump hit back harder, referring to Romney as a “stiff” and a “failed candidate” who “walks like a penguin.”
Republican Party spokesperson for McDaniel, Cassie Smedile said:
‘This is silly.’
White House spokesperson, Raj Shah said:
‘The president has full confidence in the chairwoman who has led the Republican Party toward record-breaking fundraising.’
Spokesperson for Senator Hatch, Matt Whitlock, had this to say after the president’s visit to Utah:
‘Senator Hatch appreciates the president’s support but his final decision will largely be influenced by conversations with his family over the next few weeks.’
A prominent Utah Republican strategist said:
‘Romney would have to do two things, go up to the capitol and file papers for his candidacy and a make reservations for the victory party.’
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H/T: Washington Post.