Mitt Romney: Trump shouldn’t be impeached because he’s a “sitting president”

  

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Via:  phaedrus  •  2 years ago  •  35 comments

Mitt Romney: Trump shouldn’t be impeached because he’s a “sitting president”
Mitt Romney, who is running for Senate in Utah, shows us once again that he’s done being a Never Trumper.

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Mitt Romney, running as the Republican candidate for Senate in Utah, doesn’t think it makes sense to talk about impeaching President Donald Trump — because Trump is a “sitting president.”

“I don’t think it makes sense to be talking about impeachment, not for a sitting president,” Romney said at a debate with Democratic Senate candidate Jenny Wilson , a former US congressional aide who is on the Salt Lake County Council, this week.

Of course, impeachment, by definition , is the act of formally charging a sitting official who has committed a crime or acted inappropriately. It’s not clear who Romney thinks could be impeached, given his remarks, but his sentiment is telling of a much broader attitude toward Trump in the Republican Party — one that Romney has increasingly adopted.

Romney was once the leader of the Never Trump movement, making headlines for calling for Trump to release his tax returns and referring to the president a “fraud” and “phony.” But that’s all changed.

Now, expected to win the Senate race in Utah and head to Washington, Romney appears to have adopted the same mindset many traditional congressional Republicans and conservatives have settled into under Trump. As long as Trump promotes conservative policies like tax cuts and an aggressive deregulatory agenda, and nominates conservative judges, all the other stuff — the explicit racism, demagoguery, and destruction of democratic norms — can fall by the wayside.

Asked if he still thought Trump was a “phony,” Romney instead focused on what he likes about Trump’s presidency:


I agree with the tax plan, overall. I agree that the deregulation effort has been wise. There were extraordinary land grabs by President Obama and Clinton.

There are times when I think the president has said things that are racist and misogynistic. I will speak out about those things. I choose the things that I say ... when something of great significance, I will speak my mind and do my best to represent the values and feelings of the people of Utah.

I also believe he is president and that he is doing a lot of things that are very helpful for our state. I will support him in those things.

In other words, it’s worth it for the tax cuts.


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Phaedrus
1  seeder  Phaedrus    2 years ago

I had a little respect for Mitt when he was calling trump a phony and a fraud. Too bad those days are long gone.

 
 
 
Ender
1.1  Ender  replied to  Phaedrus @1    2 years ago

It should scare people when these people will do or say anything to hold onto or regain power.

 
 
 
Ender
1.1.2  Ender  replied to    2 years ago

Never said otherwise. I wish the Clintons would ride off into the sunset.

excellent judge

Debatable.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
2  JohnRussell    2 years ago

I think he meant to say "Trump is a sinning president". 

or maybe 

"Trump is a shitty president" 

The acoustics in the hall were lacking. 

 
 
 
Tacos!
3  Tacos!    2 years ago

I'm not sure what the heck Mitt meant by that. Maybe he thinks some former president should have been impeached? 

By the way, the Vox headline is inaccurate. Mitt didn't say that Trump shouldn't be impeached because he's a sitting president.

 
 
 
Phaedrus
3.1  seeder  Phaedrus  replied to  Tacos! @3    2 years ago
By the way, the Vox headline is inaccurate. Mitt didn't say that Trump shouldn't be impeached because he's a sitting president.

What he actually said is “I don’t think it makes sense to be talking about impeachment, not for a sitting president,”.

So your spin is what?

 
 
 
JohnRussell
3.1.1  JohnRussell  replied to  Phaedrus @3.1    2 years ago
What he actually said is “I don’t think it makes sense to be talking about impeachment, not for a sitting president,”. So your spin is what?

Good question. 

 
 
 
Tacos!
3.1.2  Tacos!  replied to  Phaedrus @3.1    2 years ago

We don't know what he meant. Vox added the word "because" and that limits the possibilities for his intent. He could have meant that Trump might reasonably be prosecuted for something he did before he was president, but that it would be inappropriate to prosecute him while he's a sitting president. It's also possible he was thinking some previous president (i.e. no longer sitting) should have been impeached. Maybe he means impeachment of this sitting president is not warranted at this time. Maybe he simply misspoke, like when Obama referenced 57 states. Who knows? There may be other possibilities I haven't thought of.

However, given his long experience in politics and just basic education, which we know he has, it is highly improbable that Mitt Romney doesn't know impeachment is how a sitting president can be removed from office, which is the only interpretation you and Vox are willing to entertain.

 
 
 
r.t..b...
4  r.t..b...    2 years ago

Can we all agree that Romney, Clinton (x2), et.al. have had their day and the sun has set. Please, just move on...quietly.

 
 
 
Ender
4.1  Ender  replied to  r.t..b... @4    2 years ago

Just when I think we are done with them, they pop back up.

Waiting for Palin to show herself again.

I will give Bush credit, at least he is going quietly into the night.

 
 
 
r.t..b...
4.1.1  r.t..b...  replied to  Ender @4.1    2 years ago
they pop back up.

whack-a-mole

 
 
 
epistte
4.1.2  epistte  replied to  Ender @4.1    2 years ago
Just when I think we are done with them, they pop back up.

Waiting for Palin to show herself again.

I will give Bush credit, at least he is going quietly into the night.

Has Caribou Barbie mentioned on Twitter that she should be nominated to replace Nikki Haley?

Mittens is obviously playing to his GOP base to get elected. He wants to appear intelligent and not overtly support Trump, but he also wants to appear to be a team player for the GOP.

 
 
 
Ender
4.1.3  Ender  replied to  epistte @4.1.2    2 years ago

Dull as dishwater, indecisive Mitt strikes again.

 
 
 
igknorantzrulz
4.1.4  igknorantzrulz  replied to  Ender @4.1.3    2 years ago

he needs to snort some Comet or something

those blue crystals might give him a meth-od to his non maddness

 
 
 
epistte
4.1.5  epistte  replied to  Ender @4.1.3    2 years ago
Dull as dishwater, indecisive Mitt strikes again.

He's only ever been a vanilla fence sitter.

 
 
 
devangelical
5  devangelical    2 years ago

Mitt's 2018 to do list.

Get elected as a utah senator.

Buy 4 bedroom townhouse in DC.

Select 4 teenage girl interns.

 
 
 
Release The Kraken
6  Release The Kraken    2 years ago

Never trust an idiot that wears underwear like this.

512

 
 
 
devangelical
6.1  devangelical  replied to  Release The Kraken @6    2 years ago

nothing can go wrong with your jesus jammies on

 
 
 
Release The Kraken
6.1.1  Release The Kraken  replied to  devangelical @6.1    2 years ago

When the bicycle riding Mormons knock on the door to save us I always ask them, "hey are you all here about the Craig's list ad to bang my wife and I?"

They turn in to Lance Armstrong on those bikes, amazing how fast they can ride away in dress slacks, a white shirt and a tie.

 
 
 
Ender
6.1.2  Ender  replied to  Release The Kraken @6.1.1    2 years ago

Answer the door naked.

 
 
 
Release The Kraken
6.1.3  Release The Kraken  replied to  Ender @6.1.2    2 years ago

Excellent!

 
 
 
igknorantzrulz
6.1.4  igknorantzrulz  replied to  Release The Kraken @6.1.1    2 years ago
When the bicycle riding Mormons knock on the door to save us I always

cranked up the ole Klipshe Fortes' with some BLACK SABBATH

to the pointof NO CONVERSATION even possible

offered them some alcohaulin their asses gone incentives

.

Mitt lost his nerve

 
 
 
igknorantzrulz
7  igknorantzrulz    2 years ago

Mitt Romney, running as the Republican candidate for Senate in Utah, doesn’t think it makes sense to talk about impeaching President Donald Trump — because Trump is a “sitting president.”

.

ive got it

wait till he stands the F up !

cause he is a Constant   F up

 
 
 
Release The Kraken
7.1  Release The Kraken  replied to  igknorantzrulz @7    2 years ago

Guess I could always send down my 17 year old with his long hair and beard to answer the door in his slayer shirt that he wears 4 times a week and ask em if they brought the weed.

 
 
 
igknorantzrulz
7.1.1  igknorantzrulz  replied to  Release The Kraken @7.1    2 years ago

I'd hang

 
 
 
Ender
7.1.2  Ender  replied to  Release The Kraken @7.1    2 years ago

Ha. Hey man, you're not my regular guy.

 
 
 
Release The Kraken
7.1.3  Release The Kraken  replied to  Ender @7.1.2    2 years ago

LOL

 
 
 
r.t..b...
7.1.4  r.t..b...  replied to  Ender @7.1.2    2 years ago
you're not my regular guy.

'Dave's not here.'

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
8  Hal A. Lujah    2 years ago

Mitt Romney: Trump shouldn’t be impeached because he’s a “sitting president”

I have one million binders full of women who disagree.

 
 
 
Release The Kraken
8.1  Release The Kraken  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @8    2 years ago

That's one hell of a porn collection.

 
 
 
Krishna
9  Krishna    2 years ago

Mitt Romney: Trump Shouldn’t Be Impeached Because He’s A “Sitting President”

Well...then maybe we can get him to stand up!

 
 
 
igknorantzrulz
9.1  igknorantzrulz  replied to  Krishna @9    2 years ago

hell of an original idea

 
 
 
Krishna
10  Krishna    2 years ago

hell of an original idea

Well, when you've been in this business as long as I have, you learn a few tricks! jrSmiley_9_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Release The Kraken
10.1  Release The Kraken  replied to  Krishna @10    2 years ago

I need a Kosher wizard who can pull egg bagels out of his hat with a shmear. 

 
 
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