Willard (Mitt) Romney’s hatred for the President was on display as he voted with the Democrats to convict on the first article of impeachment on Wednesday. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) said it best in a Fox News interview Thursday: “If you start with the presumption of guilty, perhaps you get there. If you start with the American form of our legal system – the presumption of innocence – I think it’s impossible to come to the conclusion of guilt.” Romney started with a presumption that the President was guilty.
Romney’s RINO career was summarized in this open letter, including his animosity for the President who, despite that, endorsed his 2018 Senate candidacy. His payback to the President for that endorsement was his vote to convict.
A friend’s comments on Romney’s vote really resonated with me:
He has been very straightforward saying that his religion influenced his decision to vote to convict the President of the United States in an impeachment action. That is a major blunder. We’re supposed to be a nation of laws per the Constitution—separate church and state—and not a nation of religious law. A nation of religious law is not governed by the people, but by a religion-based establishment that interprets the religion as it sees fit. See Saudi Arabia. See the Taliban. See Somalia. See Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. See a whole bunch of places I would never like to live or emulate their lifestyle. Romney is supposed to represent the people of Utah and to follow the Constitution and federal statutes.
An outstanding point! Correct me if I’m wrong, but I didn’t see or hear any other Senator publicly hide behind religion as a deciding factor for their voting even though I’m sure that several prayed privately toward that end. It seems to me that if you have to resort to that claim – especially more than once! – you are trying to convince either yourself or others about why you voted the way you did – in this case, the reality being for vindictive personal reasons.
Continuing in a religious vein, perhaps Romney needs to read this verse from the New Testament and reflect on what it means for him personally: James 3:10 says, “Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.”
It would seem that “Romney fever” (a current strain of NeverTrump disease) has spread, as another RINO has surfaced to express his dislike for the President. That would be recently-fired Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer who just today endorsed Mike Bloomberg for president.
Spencer said that he has the “utmost confidence” in Bloomberg’s ability to lead as commander in chief.
“He will preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution and uphold the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Mike will honor the service and ensure the equal treatment of all women and men in uniform. He also will respect the advice of military advisers.”
“Restoring America’s standing in the world and repairing relationships with our allies will be a top priority in Mike’s administration. And he knows our nation owes a debt of gratitude to our veterans and military families.”
Riiiiight. Our relations with our allies are better than ever, thanks to the President’s strong leadership on the world scene. And this nonsense from a guy who was fired for cause. President Trump fired him after Spencer attempted to subvert the President’s granting of clemency to SOCS Eddie Gallagher clemency. Here is what retired BG Anthony Tata, USA (ret’d), said about Spencer’s actions that led to his being fired:
Spencer is the man who bypassed the chain of command by cutting Secretary of Defense Mark Esper out of his scheming and working a backroom deal. Now, after being exposed, Spencer submissively avails himself to an eager mainstream media ready to consume his invective aimed at the president, creating the very chaos he blames on the president.
Spencer’s quibbling over whether the president’s tweet was a “direct order” or not demonstrates how petty and vengeful he was toward Gallagher. The president was right to intervene to prevent a biased, small-minded person like Spencer from spitefully tilting the weight of the bureaucracy on top of a single sailor. Servicemen and women enjoy the same due process rights as the civilians of the country they serve.
Ignore the praise heaped on Richard Spencer by the legacy media for endorsing Mini-Mike, as well as their spin that it’s somehow a slap in the face to the President. If Bloomberg wants the endorsement of a SECNAV who disgraced himself and was fired for cause, he is welcome to it.