The only way establishment Republicans garner points with the D.C. establishment is by betraying their own party. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) is the latest to accept that honor for his criticism against resident Donald Trump.
President-elect Joe Biden gushed about Romney and other Republicans who have turned their backs on Trump, according to the Daily Caller. Biden lavished praise on the failed 2012 presidential candidate, calling him a “man of enormous integrity” — a complete reversal from his previous venomous attacks on Romney.
During Wednesday’s joint session of Congress to count the Electoral College votes from the 2020 presidential election, a group of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol. The chaos ended with five people dead, including a police officer.
When the session reconvened, Romney wasted no time pinning the violence on Trump. “We gather due to a selfish man’s injured pride, and the outrage of supporters who he has deliberately misinformed for the past two months and stirred to action this very morning,” Romney said. “What happened here today was an insurrection incited by the president of the United States.”
For that, he was rewarded with lavish praise from Biden who called Romney “a man of enormous integrity, a man who lives his faith” in his remarks Friday. However, this is the same man Biden said would “put you all back in chains” to a group including black voters at a campaign stop in Virginia during the 2012 presidential election.
Romney had already curried favor with leftists after becoming an outspoken critic of his own party’s president (that’s always a slamdunk). It wasn’t so long ago that Romney was all praise and enthusiasm after a dinner with then-president-elect at one of Trump’s Manhattan hotels. Maybe it was the prospect of becoming Secretary of State — a rumor that was circulating at the time — that influenced his good opinion then.
While Romney continues to be a media darling, Biden has apparently taken a page from Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ playbook. At a 2019 debate while campaiging for the Democratic nomination, the then-Senator from California and Biden had a contentious exchange about his opposition to forced integration policies in public schools. “There was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools and she was bused to school every day. That little girl was me,” Harris said, hoping to paint Biden as a racist.
Nothing unites enemies like a common enemy, which is why Biden and Romney are likely to remain cozy. Meanwhile, the Republican Party continues to move away from “Republican in name only” candidates like Romney who handed over power to radical Democrats like Biden in the first place. He abandoned conservatives a long time ago anyway, so Biden can keep him.