It is no secret that President Donald Trump and Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) have very little regard for each other, and the two have publicly traded shots at each other frequently over the past several years.
Yet, despite their obvious personal animosity, Romney revealed this week that he is convinced that Trump will win re-election this November, the Washington Examiner reported.
Romney predicts Trump win
On Wednesday, Politico’s Jake Sherman shared on social media a direct quote from the Utah senator that expressed how “confident” he was both of the president’s prospects at retaining the White House as well as the Republican Party’s chances of keeping control of the Senate.
ROMNEY: “I’m confident that we will keep the majority in the Senate. And I actually have long predicted the president will be reelected – I continue to think that’s the case.” Cc @realDonaldTrump
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) June 10, 2020
The quote from Romney rang remarkably similar to statements attributed to the senator at a GOP fundraiser event in Utah last week.
Candid remarks to donors
While speaking to Republican donors at an annual dinner last Thursday, Romney not only predicted that President Trump would win re-election, he also suggested that the Republican Party would hold the Senate and regain control of the House, according to Politico.
“I think President Trump will be re-nominated by my party easily, and I think he’ll be reelected solidly,” the senator told the donors, Politico noted.
Romney further explained: “I think that not just because of the strong economy and because people are increasingly seeing rising wages, but I think it’s also true because I think our Democrat friends are likely to nominate someone who is really out of the mainstream of American thought and will make it easier for a president who is presiding over a growing economy.”
At another point in his remarks, Romney said, “I think that growth and the higher incomes people are seeing means that Republicans will do just fine in November… I think we will hold the House, I think we’ll hold the Senate. I know a lot of pundits don’t believe that. I think we will,” he added.
Can’t argue with results
Those are some rather surprising assertions from Romney, at least in regard to the president, given that it is readily apparent that he would almost certainly prefer that Trump not win another four years in the Oval Office.
Indeed, the Examiner noted how fervently Romney opposed then-candidate Trump in the 2016 election, how he has been hyper-critical of Trump’s statements and tweets in the intervening years, and that he was the sole Republican senator to cross the aisle and vote for the president’s conviction during the failed impeachment trial.
Yet, it would appear that even though Romney can’t seem to stand Trump on a personal level, he acknowledges the results his policies have achieved and would like to see a continuation the same — even if that means suffering through some supposedly outrageous remarks and tweets from time to time.