Whenever the worst president in American history does the worst thing he can do, the people can always count on Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) to make a statement, one not bold enough to mention Trump by name, vaguely referencing an opinion that diverges from the president’s own.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) November 6, 2020
On Thursday night, President Donald Trump used the White House’s press briefing room to announce to the American people that their votes are being undermined fraudulently, that dark forces had converged across the country to steal the legitimate vote from the president and give it to their chosen candidate, and that democracy had fallen apart in the United States. It was a dangerous lie meant to stoke division and outrage among an already divided country.
Romney reacted by posting a statement on Twitter:
‘Counting every vote is at the heart of democracy That process is often long and, for those running, frustrating. The votes will be counted. If there are irregularities alleged, they will be investigated and ultimately resolved in the courts. Have faith in democracy, in our Constitution, and in the American people.’
Kudos to Romney for being the first Republican senator to challenge Trump’s dangerous narrative, but a direct call-out of the president’s rhetoric to speak to the better senses of Americans hearing a call to action might have been more appreciated. Mitt Romney is reliable, indeed, but he’s always reliably mild in times when being a fighter is more needed.
Twitter was split on their response to Romney’s tweets. Read some of their responses below: