‘I won big, and he didn’t’: Trump blasts Mitt Romney after scathing op-ed as president’s campaign manager claims failed 2012 nominee on his way to Senate seat acted out of ‘jealousy’

Wednesday, January 2, 2019
By Paul Martin

Utah Senator-elect Mitt Romney penned a harsh critique of President Donald Trump in the Washington Post on Tuesday
The 71-year-old Republican said Trump ‘has not risen to the mantle of the office’
He said Trump’s time in office caused the nation’s global influence to plummet
Romney will be sworn into the Senate on Thursday
He said: ‘I do not intend to comment on every tweet. But I will speak out against significant statements or actions that are divisive, racist, and anti-immigrant’
Trump fired back, saying ‘I won big, and he didn’t,’ referring to Romney’s failure to beat Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election
Trump also suggested Romnay could be the new go-to Republican thorn in his side after Jeff Flake leaves the Senate on Thursday

2 January 2019

President Donald Trump fired back at Mitt Romney on Wednesday following the Utah senator-elect’s takedown in a Washington Post op-ed, blasting him for not being a ‘team player.’

‘I won big, and he didn’t,’ the president wrote of the 2012 Republican presidential nominee who fell short of unseating Barack Obama in a race Trump has said was ‘winnable’ until Romney ‘choked.’

‘Here we go with Mitt Romney, but so fast! Question will be, is he a Flake? I hope not,’ Trump tweeted, suggesting Romney will take over outgoing Sen. Jeff Flake’s role as the most prominent GOP voice holding him in check.

‘Would much prefer that Mitt focus on Border Security and so many other things where he can be helpful. I won big, and he didn’t. He should be happy for all Republicans. Be a TEAM player & WIN!’

Romney wrote in his op-ed that ‘the president has not risen to the mantle of the office.’

‘It is well known that Donald Trump was not my choice for the Republican presidential nomination. After he became the nominee, I hoped his campaign would refrain from resentment and name-calling. It did not,’ the 71-year-old Republican said.

Brad Parscale, Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, tweeted Tuesday night: ‘The truth is @MittRomney lacked the ability to save this nation. @realDonaldTrump has saved it.’

Parscale also dropped a Trump-style typo in his tweet: ‘Jealously [sic] is a drink best served warm and Romney just proved it. So sad, I wish everyone had the courage @realDonaldTrump had.’

Romney’s takedown of the president was the talk of Washington on the first day of the new year, just 48 hours before he’s scheduled to replace outgoing Sen. Orrin Hatch, a reliable Trump ally.

‘When he won the election, I hoped he would rise to the occasion. His early appointments of Rex Tillerson, Jeff Sessions, Nikki Haley, Gary Cohn, H.R. McMaster, Kelly and Mattis were encouraging. But, on balance, his conduct over the past two years, particularly his actions this month, is evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office,’ he wrote.

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