Saturday, November 26, 2016

Donald Trump and the Selling of Mitt Romney's Soul

by Nomad

Well, that certainly didn't take long, did it?

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney was the one defiant anti-Trump voice in the Republican Party. He was one of the only people in the Republican Party that stood up against the Trump campaign. It seemed as though the 2012 Republican presidential candidate really did have some backbone after all. 

I had come to believe that Romney was a weak sort, always craving to be liked or at least, respected. Hence the reason for his constant flip-flopping during his campaign against Obama.

In recent months, though, I began to question my opinion about Romney. Maybe I had been all wrong about Romney.
Even though Mr. Trump endorsed Mr. Romney in 2012, Mitt Romney made it clear about a year ago what he really thought. Trump was totally unsuitable to be president. Romney caught a lot of media attention- and came under fire by the Republican party- for calling Trump “a fraud” and “a phony.”

Showing real character, he certainly didn't stop there. Romney's other comments were both painfully sharp and deadly accurate.

Here are few of them:
"But you say, 'Wait wait wait,' isn't he a huge business success? Doesn't he know what he's talking about? No he isn't. And know he doesn't. His bankruptcies have crushed small businesses and the men and women who worked for them. He inherited his business, he didn't create it. And what ever happened to Trump Airlines? How about Trump University? And then there's Trump Magazine and Trump Vodka and Trump Steaks and Trump Mortgage. A business genius he is not."
From one businessman to another, Romney seemed to know what he was talking about when he implied that Trump's business record was not as impressive as the real estate mogul was letting on.  
Only last week, President-elect Trump decided to do something he had sworn he would never do. He settled the Trump University fraud and racketeering lawsuit against him for a cool $25 million. It's not so much an admission of his lack of business skills but an admission that they were fraudulent schemes.

Another Romney quote mentions the New York businessman's lack of temperament with a collection of examples.
"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."
It was clear that one of Romney's biggest objections to candidate Trump was his lack of character.
"Think of Donald Trump's personal qualities, the bullying, the greed, the showing off, the misogyny, the absurd third grade theatrics. We have long referred to him as 'The Donald.' He is the only person in the entire country to whom we have added an article before his name. And it wasn't because he had attributes we admired."
When it came to his foreign policy credentials, Romney pulled no punches.
"Donald Trump tells us that he is very, very smart. I'm afraid that when it comes to foreign policy he is very, very not smart."
Now Romney's soul is apparently on the auction block and Trump is bidding on it.  Trump is reportedly leaning toward Romney as his choice for his secretary of State. 
CNN reported:
Romney and Trump met this past weekend at Trump's golf retreat in Bedminster, New Jersey, where the two men discussed world affairs and the possible position....A Romney appointment would give Trump instant gravitas abroad and a marquee name in one of the highest-profile administration postings.
As the nation’s top diplomat,  the secretary of state will represent the administration. Naturally, it is vital for the respect of our nation that Trump find the best person for the job. Trump must find an honorable man whose word is dependable, not given to sudden shifts of perspective. That person must have a sense of credibility and integrity. 

Looks like Trump is proving as good at judging character as he is at running casinos.