Utah Sen. Mitt Romney has made no secret of his disdain for Trump, and many are left to wonder if it’s Trump’s politics that have so incensed Romney, or if it was the president’s ability to win an office that Romney had so coveted but never been able to attain.
In his most recent attack on Trump, at the expense of his own party, Romney took aim at Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the president was the first to shut down travel and encourage Americans to take precautions, even while the most strict now were encouraging gatherings, Romney had some harsh words for the president’s handling of the reportedly unprecedented health crisis in the world today:
“Well, this hasn’t been the focus of his rhetoric, apparently, and I think it’s a great human tragedy, without question,” CNN reported that Romney told Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room” when he was asked where Trump’s leadership is as the President focuses on other issues amid the worsening pandemic.
“The extraordinary loss of life is heartbreaking — and in some respects unnecessary. Not all respects, but we’ve relaxed our standards as individuals,” added the senator. “Some states haven’t had mask mandates, and from Washington we have not had a constant, consistent plan and plea for people to wear masks, to social-distance, to take all the measures that would reduce the spread of this disease.”
Romney was harshly critical of the President’s decision to continue forcing Americans to stay home from work, forfeiting jobs and potentially their homes and entire livelihoods, but instead offered ways for workers to get back to what would keep their lives and the economy stable.
What many politicians asked for in the face of a pandemic whose statistics are uncertain at best, was a crushing blow from the government, the likes of which could have made Paul Revier rise to ride once again, to rid Americans of tyranny. Even though it’s clearly the government’s job to keep the people in their country safe, it has become increasingly evident that the statistics and resulting rules surrounding coronavirus are massively political, and possibly even tampered with for political gain.
“It’s unfortunate that this became a political issue. It’s not political,” the senator told Blitzer. “This is public health, and unfortunately we have not made that message clear enough to the American people, and people are dying because of it.”
Once the political interests of the left became clear, the president began to question whether his health advisers were working on the behalf of the American people or the political machine they seem so deeply entwined with.
Trump’s questioning of the health officials, along with his questioning of everything else controlled by what he calls “the swamp,” has made him no friends in Washington, especially since he has begun to question the presidential election.
Romney, however, seems unconcerned with that potential ill of another color and has doubled down on his “Trump so bad” mantra, weaponizing the coronavirus in the process.
When he was asked by Blitzer why some Republican governors have been hesitant to enact the lockdowns recommended by the notably left-leaning officials, Romney again, made a politically based comment, pushing aside the concerns of his party and constituents rights:
“Well, no question, unless you take this very, very seriously and communicate that this is not a political matter, this is not a matter of liberty, this is a matter of safety and public health,” he said. “And we have people who are very, very sick, many people in the hospital. We have people who have died and are dying — it’s unacceptable.”
Romeny conveniently left out the 98-99 percent survival rate, just that we the people should do what we’re told and the virus will die down. Think on that a while.