JUST IN: President Donald Trump just rocked Washington D.C. to it’s core with a huge announcement that nobody was expecting.
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney was one of the top #NeverTrump Republicans who repeatedly spoke out against the current president during the 2016 election. That’s why it came as a massive shock on Monday when Trump endorsed Romney in the Utah senatorial race.
“Mitt Romney has announced he is running for the Senate from the wonderful State of Utah,” Trump wrote on Twitter, according to Breitbart. “He will make a great Senator and worthy successor to Orrin Hatch, and has my full support and endorsement!”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2018
Romney immediately responded by thanking Trump for his support.
“Thank you Mr. President for the support. I hope that over the course of the campaign I also earn the support and endorsement of the people of Utah,” Romney tweeted.
Thank you Mr. President for the support. I hope that over the course of the campaign I also earn the support and endorsement of the people of Utah.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) February 20, 2018
This was in stark contrast to the way Romney treated Trump during the 2016 presidential election, when he described him as a as a phony and a fraud. Romney went so far as to claim Trump was a racist who would win the election for Hillary Clinton. He even said that he would have rejected Trump’s 2012 endorsement if he said similar things in public.
If Trump had said 4 years ago the things he says today about the KKK, Muslims, Mexicans, disabled, I would NOT have accepted his endorsement
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) March 3, 2016
Never one to back down, Trump fired back at the time by saying that Romney “choked like a dog” during his presidential run.
“The guy’s a stone cold loser and he choked and when you’re a choker, you can never give a choker a second chance. A choker is a choker,” Trump said in June of 2016.
When Romney announced that he would be entering the Utah senate race last week, he suggested that he was trying to distance himself from Trump.
“Utah welcomes legal immigrants from around the world,” he said in his announcement video. “Washington sends immigrants a message of exclusion. And on Utah’s Capitol Hill, people treat one another with respect.”
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