Ever since rumors began to swirl that Donald Trump might pick former Governor Mitt Romney for Secretary of State, many of the president-elect's supporters have been choleric. Now, according to Fox News' Ed Henry, Romney may issue an apology to Trump:
"Yesterday I spoke to a senior transition official who told me that there are discussions about the possibility--I want to underline the word ‘possibility’--that Mitt Romney might issue some kind of public apology. A letter, a statement, some interview with somebody saying ‘I’m sorry I went too far’ in order to get this job."
Demanding apologies for even the most innocuous remarks was a hallmark of Donald Trump's campaign. As such, a public apology from Romney, who was a major leader of the "Never Trump" movement, would make sense.
Like Cersei Lannister's walk of "shame" from Game of Thrones, Romney might have to be publicly humiliated for Trump to feel vindicated.
In March, during the heat of the primary process, Romney delivered a speech in which he castigated Trump, calling him a "con man," and a "phony." One excerpt in particular shows just how disturbed Romney was by Donald Trump:
"Now, I’m far from the first to conclude that Donald Trump lacks the temperament to be president. After all, this is an individual who mocked a disabled reporter, who attributed a reporter’s questions to her menstrual cycle, who mocked a brilliant rival who happened to be a woman due to her appearance, who bragged about his marital affairs, and who laces his public speeches with vulgarity.
Donald Trump says he admires Vladimir Putin, at the same time he has called George W. Bush a liar. That is a twisted example of evil trumping good. There is a dark irony in his boasts of his sexual exploits during the Vietnam War. While at the same time, John McCain, whom he has mocked, was imprisoned and tortured. Dishonesty is Donald Trump’s hallmark."
The coming days will reveal if Romney is open to issuing an apology of some kind, or if the job of Secretary of State goes to someone else.