‘With Republicans like him who needs Democrats?’ Angry Republican National Committee member launches GOP civil war with anti-Romney letter hinting he’ll chase ‘fantasy of being president’ by challenging Trump in 2020

Wednesday, January 2, 2019
By Paul Martin

RNC committeeman from U.S. Virgin Islands warns that Mitt Romney could try to seize GOP presidential nomination in 2020
Slams Romney for direct attack on Trump in Washington Post op-ed
Wants rule change to close primary season ‘loopholes’ and a Republican Party statement that Trump will be renominated for a second term
RNC chair Ronna Romney McDaniel is Mitt Romney niece, and attacked her uncle for blasting the president

2 January 2019

A member of the Republican National Committee claimed Tuesday night in a letter to the other 167 committee members that Mitt Romney’s anti-Donald Trump op-ed published hours earlier was an act of ‘calculated political treachery’ against the president.

Jevon O.A. Williams, the RNC member who represents the U.S. Virgin Islands, wrote that Romney could use ‘loopholes’ in the nominating process to openly challenge the president’s re-nomination in 2020.

That, he wrote, would feed Romney’s ‘fantasy of being president, even if that means destroying our party and denying President Trump re-election.’

‘With Republicans like him who needs Democrats?’ Williams added. He confirmed in a phone call Wednesday morning that he sent the email but declined further comment.

In his Washington Post op-ed, Romney referred to Trump as ‘the incumbent.’ His niece, Ronna Romney McDaniel, is the Republican Party’s chairwoman.

McDaniel appeared to take Trump’s side in the dispute, tweeting Wednesday that ‘[f]or an incoming Republican freshman senator to attack @realdonaldtrump as their first act feeds into what the Democrats and media want and is disappointing and unproductive.’

Romney, the GOP’s failed 2012 presidential nominee will become Utah’s junior U.S. senator on Thursday, replacing reliable Trump ally Orrin Hatch.

He wrote that the president’s ‘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.’

An annoyed Trump tweeted Wednesday morning that Romney should ‘[b]e a TEAM player & WIN!’

‘I won big, and he didn’t. He should be happy for all Republicans,’ Trump jabbed.

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