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Mitt Romney Exposes Himself as the Coward He's Been All Along

The Utah Senate hopeful will never stand up to Donald Trump.

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Mitt Romney’s big Senate announcement last Friday was overshadowed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s latest wave of indictments, but Romney gets another shot at some attention now, with Donald Trump’s endorsement and a potent reminder of what a Romney Etch-a-Sketch candidacy looks like. Now:

That’s a thank you to a man Romney called a "phony" and a "fraud" less than two years ago. Also less than two years ago:

What has changed? Trump hasn’t stopped saying those things. Charlottesville happened since Romney said “If Trump had said 4 years ago the things he says today about the KKK … I would NOT have accepted his endorsement.” The Muslim ban happened. Mass deportations happened. Here’s what Romney said about Trump's Charlottesville comments at the time, by the way:

I will dispense for now from discussion of the moral character of the president's Charlottesville statements. Whether he intended to or not, what he communicated caused racists to rejoice, minorities to weep, and the vast heart of America to mourn. His apologists strain to explain that he didn't mean what we heard. But what we heard is now the reality, and unless it is addressed by the president as such, with unprecedented candor and strength, there may commence an unraveling of our national fabric.

But that was before a Senate seat in Utah opened up and Romney saw a route back into politics for himself. Just as Trump dramatically changed his tune on Romney when he became the likely next senator from Utah. Neither of these men has any principles. It’s just that one of them likes to pretend to.

Here’s more from Romney—past Romney—on Trump:


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Laura Clawson is the Labor editor at Daily Kos Labor, and a contributing editor at Daily Kos.