Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) argued on July 4 that a political return of Donald Trump would make America’s “denial, deceit, and mistrust” “incurable.”
in Atlantic In an editorial titled “America in Denial,” the failed 2012 Republican presidential candidate berated Americans for “carelessly rejecting potentially disastrous threats.” Among those threats is Trump, who “would feed the disease and possibly make it incurable,” according to Romney.
“Time and again I have seen—in myself and in others—a powerful impulse to believe what we hope will be the case,” Romney continued. A classic example of denial comes from Donald Trump: “I won by a landslide.” Perhaps this is an offshoot of the same delusion that leads people to feed slot machines with money: Because I really want to win, I think I will win.”
In return, Romney praised President Joe Biden as a “really good man” despite reports that the president has been involved in the Biden family’s corrupt business schemes at least 13 times.
“President Joe Biden is a really good man, but he has so far not been able to overcome our national disease of denial, deceit, and mistrust. The return of Donald Trump will fuel the disease, and perhaps make it incurable,” Romney wrote.
“I hope a president will outsmart the hype to unite us behind the truth,” Romney added. Many experienced and intelligent contenders stand in the wings; We added watching to see if they also possess the character and ability to unite the nation in the face of our common reality.”
It’s unclear who Romney is referring to as the “many experienced and intelligent contenders” who might want to run in 2024. Polls show Trump leading in the hypothetical GOP primaries — and he has a 40-point advantage over Governor Ron DeSantis (R). -FL) — if he decides to run, according to a Harvard CAPS-Harris survey. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) ranked third with just eight percent.
On the Democratic side, Biden is narrowly ahead in the polls over Vice Presidents Kamala Harris, Michelle Obama and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. Governor Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) may also have plans to run in 2024, but polls have yet to capture voters’ interest in him.