A Trump campaign spokesman and presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy hit back at Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) Tuesday for saying he would prefer a Democrat to Trump or Ramaswamy.
A spokesman for the Donald Trump campaign dismissed Romney as out of touch with voters. “Voters aren’t going to take advice from a loser and quitter like Mittens,” the spokesman said Tuesday.
Meanwhile, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy told Fox News, “Turns out [Romney is] opposed to America-First itself, not just one man. Newsflash, Mitt: I didn’t vote for you either, and I still call on your niece Ronna [McDaniel] to resign.”
As the 2012 presidential candidate for the GOP a decade ago, Romney lost the U.S. general election for president to Barack Obama, who was running for his second term.
The Utah Republican recently said he would prefer to vote for a Democrat over the Republican primary frontrunner, Donald Trump. Romney told Norah O’Donnell of CBS that he would support nearly any Republican candidate in 2024, but maybe not Vivek. He added that a number of Democrats would be an upgrade over Donald Trump and probably President Joe Biden.
— New York Post (@nypost) November 25, 2023
Romney took it a step further during the interview by saying, “I don’t begin to be able to understand how it is [that] so many people can accept the dishonesties that have been spoken by Donald Trump. I don’t know how it is [that] people go along with that, but they do.”
The remarks also drew a furious response from MAGA supporters on X.com. One self-described “#Forever Trump MAGA #Patriot” called Romney a loser and labeled him as a RINO. The acronym stands for “Republican in name only.”
Uniparty loser Mitt Romney says he’d vote for Democrats over Vivek and Trump.
Do you agree he’s a nasty backstabbing RINO?🙌 pic.twitter.com/Ts1O2lrczz
— Lori Deers🇺🇸 (@Liana53160) November 28, 2023
It was not the first time Mitt Romney has criticized Donald Trump. He has been and remains a critical voice of Trump within the Republican Party. His current term as a senator from the Utah delegation ends after next year. But Romney announced in September that he will be retiring, partially because “we’re probably going to have either Trump or Biden as our next president.”