sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) said Monday that former President Trump’s return would lead to the “national malady of denial, deceit and mistrust” which the senator said President Biden has failed to break.
in a opinion piece published in The AtlanticRomney said many Americans on both sides of the aisle continue to dismiss various threats against the country, including inflation, global climate change, illegal immigration and water insecurity in the West. He cited the reactions of “MAGA loyalists” to the recent congressional hearings on January 6, 2021, the attack on the Capitol as another example of denial by Americans.
“If we continue to ignore the real threats we face, America will inevitably suffer dire consequences,” Romney wrote.
The Republican senator called Biden a “really good man,” although he said the president has been unable to resolve the nation’s serious resignation problems, then went on to warn that Trump’s potential return could set that denial beyond repair. to blow up.
“President Joe Biden is a genuinely good man, but he has not yet been able to break through our national disease of denial, deceit and mistrust,” Romney wrote. “A return of Donald Trump would fuel the disease, making it likely incurable.”
The Utah Republican has criticized Trump many times since the 2016 presidential race, in which he hopefully called the real estate mogul and then-GOP “a con man.” He voted to convict the former president after both of his charges.
In the article, Romney also called on Congress and said it was disappointing because it took no action.
“Our elected officials are more likely to put a finger in the wind than show their backs against it,” he wrote. “Too often, Washington demonstrates the maxim that for evil to thrive, only good men need do nothing.”
He also noted that the two sides blame each other, which he says has only helped to dismiss issues.
“What explains the light-hearted dismissal of potentially catastrophic threats?” He asked. “The left thinks the right is to blame for ignoring climate change and the attacks on our political system. The right thinks the left is the problem for ignoring illegal immigration and the national debt.”
Romney said he has hope for the future and said he wants a president “who can rise above the noise to unite us behind the truth” and added that until such a leader holds the high office of the country, the leadership must come from ordinary Americans.
“While we wait, leadership must come from fathers and mothers, teachers and nurses, priests and rabbis, businessmen and businesswomen, journalists and experts,” Romney wrote. “That requires all of us to rise above ourselves — above our grievances and resentments — and grab the mantle of leadership that our country so desperately needs.”