Mitt Romney Gives Republicans Urgent 2024 Warning About Trump After Verdict

The Utah senator also dismissed Trump's claims that the proceedings were a "witch hunt."

Sen. Mitt Romney (Republican, Utah) urged his party to move on from Donald Trump hours after a civil jury found the former president liable for sexual abuse and defamation.

“I hope the jury of the American people reach the same conclusion about Donald Trump,” Romney told CNN. “He just is not suited to be president of the United States and to be the person who we hold up to our children and the world as the leader of the free world.”

“At some point when the people who work with you, your cabinet secretaries, and juries conclude that you’ve done something severely wrong, it’s time for us to recognise that the great majority of those who’ve worked with him are right and he’s wrong,” he added.

Trump is currently the leading candidate for the Republican nomination for president in next year’s election.

Not all of Romney’s Republican colleagues share his view, with multiple GOP lawmakers defending Trump even after the jury ruled in favour of writer E Jean Carroll, who said Trump raped her in a department store in the 1990s.

The jury found him liable ― not for rape, but sexual abuse and defamation ― and awarded Carroll $5 million (£3.95 million) in total damages.

In 2016, Romney delivered a speech warning the party to turn away from Trump, whom he called a “phony” and a “fraud.” “He’s playing the American public for suckers,” he said.

When Trump won, Romney infamously had dinner with him, reportedly in hopes of securing the coveted secretary of state gig. He did not get it, but eventually won election in Utah for the Senate, where he has consistently criticised Trump.

Trump has also attacked Romney. In 2016, he slammed him as “one of the dumbest and worst candidates in the history of Republican politics.”

Romney warned in 2021 that Trump would likely be the Republican nominee should he run again ― but said he wouldn’t be voting for the former president.

“I would not be voting for President Trump again. I haven’t voted for him in the past,” Romney said at the time. “I would probably be getting behind somebody who I thought more represented the tiny wing of the Republican Party that I represent.”


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