Politicians can now get in trouble with mainstream media simply for not being sufficiently critical of President Trump.
Last weekend, Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts and Republican presidential candidate and now a candidate for the U.S. Senate from Utah, said Trump is a liar and not a fit role model for children.
In an interview with NBC News, he said, “Some of the things [Trump] has said are not ones that I would aspire for my grandkids to adopt.
“I don’t think that I would point to the president as a role model for my grandkids based on his personal style. He has departed in some cases from the truth and has attacked in a way that I think is not entirely appropriate.”
Romney added that if the president “were to say something that I consider highly divisive or racist or misogynistic, I’ll call him out on it.”
This after previously calling the president a “phony” and a bully during the 2016 campaign and criticizing Trump’s rhetoric on Muslims and Mexican immigrants, the president’s response to the race riots in Charlottesville, his referring to some poor nations as “s—thole countries” and taking a swipe at Trump’s immigration policies during his announcement speech.
But that was not enough for the staff at Vox, which headlined a story on the matter: “Mitt Romney’s evaporating courage to call out Trump – 2016 Romney versus 2018 Romney is quite something.”
These days, the Vox piece stated, Romney says Trump has “departed in some cases from the truth,” but at a speech Romney gave in 2016 at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, he said much more.
“Dishonesty is Donald Trump’s hallmark,” Romney said back then. “There’s plenty of evidence that Mr. Trump is a con man, a fake. Mr. Trump has changed his positions not just over the years but over the course of the campaign. And on the Ku Klux Klan, daily for three days in a row.”
There was more: “Think of Donald Trump’s personal qualities,” Romney said during the speech. “The bullying. The greed. The showing off. The misogyny. The absurd third-grade theatrics. You know, we have long referred to him as ‘The Donald.’ He’s the only person in the entire country to whom we have added an article before his name, and it was not because he had attributes we admired.”
Now, according to Vox, Romney won’t call out Trump at all. He accepted Trump’s endorsement in his Senate run despite saying earlier he would not. If he intends to call out Trump for racist, divisive or misogynistic comments, he should know that “for the record, Trump has said many things considered to be divisive, racist and misogynistic.”
Instead, “Romney’s recent remarks are surprisingly forgiving toward Trump’s repeated lies, offensive and inflammatory comments and often rash policymaking tactics given his position throughout the 2016 election cycle,” Vox writes.
“Mitt Romney, a once-vocal anti-Trump Republican, appears to have been fully absorbed into the party of Trump,” Vox wrote.
The problem, as CNN admitted, is that Romney sees some of Trump’s policies as successful.
“I believe his policies have been by and large a good deal better than I might have expected,” Romney said in the same NBC interview. “Where the president is in my view on policy for Utah and for the country, I’ll be with him.”