Trump Backing Mitt Romney Senate Run?

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President Donald Trump announced his support for mega anti-Trump’r Mitt Romney and his run for Senator out of Utah, a position he’ll be taking over from the current retiring senator Orrin Hatch should he win.

The president tweeted, “He will make a great Senator and worthy successor to @OrrinHatch and has my full support and endorsement!”

Considering Mitt’s long-standing anti-Trump rhetoric, this takes me a bit by surprise…

“Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud,” Romney told an audience at the University of Utah last March. “His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University. He’s playing the American public for suckers: He gets a free ride to the White House and all we get is a lousy hat.”

But perhaps things have calmed down between the two as Mitt humbled himself and thanked the POTUS for his endorsement:

“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 took to Twitter to announce his run along with a video showcasing his intent, stating: “I am running for United States Senate to serve the people of Utah and bring Utah’s values to Washington.”

He further commented on the run: ”

“It is an emotional time for me to come back and be in this city,” Romney said. “Ann and I lived here for three years while we were going to school. This is where our oldest son was born, at Utah Valley Hospital. I remember it very, very well the feelings as we drove into town, looked to see how much of it remained the same, and how much of it is different.”

He also took the time to address gun violence and in my opinion he really showed his RINO colors in his comments:

“As a legacy to those who have been killed and lost, we must take action to prevent tragedies like this from ever happening again — and heaven forbid from happening in our great state,” he said. “I believe this is a time for us to have this discussion because it is very much in our minds. I don’t know what the answers are to make our schools safer. I don’t have all the answers, I’ve got some ideas. But I think we can’t just sit and wait and hope and expect things are gonna get better, because these things just keep on happening.

“Now I’ve looked at some federal legislation — I don’t see any federal legislation that would have prevented these attacks and so I don’t support passing some new federal law of the nature I described. Although an exception may be for Sen. Orrin Hatch’s proposal, that he’s been promoting, that’s been for enhanced background checks. My own view, having served as a governor, is that the best place for finding solutions for school violence is going to be at the state and local level where things are able to happen at a more advanced, responsive manner.”

“He was light on specifics, but mentioned enhanced security at schools and police patrols, as well as intervention teams for children with mental health issues and “perhaps the age and psychological restrictions on gun purchases.”

Well… I’ve pretty much backed Trump this entire time, guess I won’t stop now.