Whether or not he is granted the position of Secretary of State by Donald Trump, Mitt Romney has just crushed his reputation.
In March 2016, Mitt Romney said of Donald Trump:
“Let me turn to national security and the safety of our homes and loved ones. Mr. Trump’s bombast is already alarming the allies and fueling the enmity of our enemies.
…I’m afraid that when it comes to foreign policy he is very, very not smart. Now, I’m far from the first to conclude that Donald Trump lacks the temperament to be president. After all, this is an individual who mocked a disabled reporter, who attributed a reporter’s questions to her menstrual cycle, who mocked a brilliant rival who happened to be a woman due to her appearance, who bragged about his marital affairs, and who laces his public speeches with vulgarity.
…Dishonesty is Donald Trump’s hallmark. He claimed that he had spoken clearly and boldly against going into Iraq. Wrong. He spoke in favor of invading Iraq. He said he saw thousands of Muslims in New Jersey celebrating 9/11. Wrong. He saw no such thing. He imagined it. He’s not of the temperament of the kind of stable, thoughtful person we need as a leader. His imagination must not be married to real power.
…Mr. Trump is directing our anger for less than noble purposes. He creates scapegoats of Muslims and Mexican immigrants. He calls for the use of torture. He calls for killing the innocent children and family members of terrorists. He cheers assaults on protesters. He applauds the prospect of twisting the Constitution to limit First Amendment freedom of the press. This is the very brand of anger that has led other nations into the abyss.
Here’s what I know. Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud.”
Last night, in November 2016, after it was suggested to him that the incoming Trump Administration might think about giving him the job of Secretary of State, Mitt Romney said of Donald Trump:
“President-elect Trump is the very man who can lead us to that better future.”
There was less than half a year between those two statements, and in that time, Donald Trump showed his character by:
– Bragging about how smart he was to avoid paying any federal income tax at all for many years in a row
– Insulting the family of a heroic American soldier who was killed in the line of duty
– Threatening to lock up his political opponents in jail – without trial
– Bellowing like a bull on the debate stage
– Saying that he will outlaw some forms of protest, and either give protesters long prison sentences or send them into exile
– Appointing to be his top White House strategist a man who has boasted about creating an organization that promotes the Nazi movement in America
– Inspiring his followers to engage in a campaign of brutal physical violence and Nazi propaganda, including salutes to Adolf Hitler, sieg heils, and swastikas
– Encouraging Russian espionage with the United States in public while having secret communications between his campaign and Russian powerbrokers
– Conceding that his businesses defrauded large numbers of American senior citizens
– Admitting that his private foundation violated the law by redirecting donations that were supposed to go to charitable causes to pay for the purchase of a giant painting of himself to hang in the gilded hallways of his own home
– Boasting that he can get away with sexually assaulting any woman he wants, and then lying to say that he never actually did so
Mitt Romney’s surrender to Donald Trump makes him appear to be a spineless man whose statements cannot be trusted, and who can easily be bullied into reversing statements he claims are absolute. These characteristics are the exact opposite of the qualities America needs from its top diplomat.