Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) is not exactly Mr. Popular in Washington, D.C., or in much of the country, for that matter.
He’s Republican, which means half of America already hates him. And the failed presidential candidate also voted twice to impeach then-President Donald Trump, which means he’s not well liked by many GOPers, either.
But now it turns out Romney’s got a way around all of that.
“Republican Sen. Mitt Romney reportedly likes to go incognito while in Palm Beach, Florida,” Business Insider wrote. “The Utah conservative has been wearing hats while dining out in the wealthy oceanside enclave, where he has a vacation home, in an effort to disguise himself, a family friend told the authors of the new book ‘This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future.'”
“If he were recognized by Trump supporters there, there was a good chance he would be harassed,” New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns wrote. For the record, Trump’s home at the Mar-a-Lago resort is also in Palm Beach.
Romney might have good reason to go incognito. The day before the January 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol riot, Trump supporters harangued Romney as he awaited a flight to D.C. at the Salt Lake International Airport. A viral video released at the time showed an angry woman calling him an “absolute joke” and other passengers on the plane chanted “traitor” at the senator.
The Mormon senator twice bucked the party to oppose Trump, whom he called in the 2016 Republican presidential campaign a “phony.” In February 2020, Romney joined every Democrat in the Senate to vote for removing Trump from office for what he said was an “appalling abuse of public trust.”
Less than a year later, Romney was among seven Republican senators who voted to convict Trump in his impeachment trial in connection with the Capitol riot, although the president was eventually acquitted by the Senate.
It’s not the first time the senator has tried to go incognito, Salt Lake City TV station KSL reported. “He admitted in 2019 to using a secret Twitter account under the name, ‘Pierre Delecto’ to read political news, keep track of politicians, defend himself on social media and ‘like’ critical tweets about Trump.”
“Asked about an account attributed to user ‘Pierre Delecto’ by The Atlantic’s McKay Coppins on Sunday night, the Utah Republican and 2012 GOP presidential nominee replied, ‘C’est moi,’ or ‘it’s me,'” the station reported in 2019.
Joseph Curl has covered politics for 35 years, including 12 years as White House correspondent for a national newspaper. He was also the a.m. editor of the Drudge Report for four years. Send tips to email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @josephcurl.