President Donald Trump unloaded on Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) on Wednesday following Romney’s decision to side with the Democrats in the Senate’s impeachment vote, saying that Romney tried to infiltrate his administration and calling him a “secret Democrat asset.”
“Slick, slippery, stealthy,” the ad begins. “Mitt Romney had us fooled. Posing as a Republican, he tried to infiltrate Trump’s administration as Secretary of State.”
“Now his cover is blown,” the ad continued. “Exposed by news reports as a Democrat secret asset.”
The ad then cuts hard into Romney, highlighting his failed presidential campaign against Barack Obama and then showing Trump’s election win against Hillary Clinton.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 5, 2020
There is definitely evidence from Romney’s political record to suggest that he is not who he portrays himself to be.
On the issue of abortion, Romney has repeatedly supported Democrat positions.
“I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country,” Romney said in a 1994 debate against Democrat Sen. Edward Kennedy. “I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years, it should be sustained and supported. And I sustain and support that law and support the right of a woman to make that choice.”
During his gubernatorial campaign in 2002, Romney said, “I will preserve and protect a woman’s right to choose and am devoted and dedicated to honoring my word in that regard.”
Romney has repeatedly sided with the far-left’s anti-freedom agenda, specifically when it comes to the Second Amendment.
Politico reported some of Romney’s earliest remarks about the Second Amendment:
1. “I don’t line up with the NRA.” — 1994, to reporters at a campaign stop. During his 1994 Senate campaign, Romney came out in support of the Brady Bill and a ban on certain types of assault weapons.
2. “We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts — I support them. I won’t chip away at them. I believe they help protect us, and provide for our safety.” — Sept. 24, 2002, at a debate during the Massachusetts gubernatorial race.
3. Signed a permanent assault-weapons ban as governor of the Bay State. “Deadly assault weapons have no place in Massachusetts,” Romney said at the July 1, 2004, signing ceremony. “These guns are not made for recreation or self-defense. They are instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people.”
Romney has also supported socialized medicine and took credit for Obamacare.
“It’s a good thing for him that Mitt Romney isn’t running for president again,” NPR reported in 2015. “The 2012 GOP presidential nominee — who has still been bandied about as a potential candidate — just embraced everything that made many conservatives skeptical of him. He admitted that the health care plan he instituted as governor of Massachusetts was the precursor to Obamacare.”
“Romney said that shortly after he was elected, [Staples founder Thomas Stemberg] asked him why he ran for governor,” The Boston Globe reported. “Romney said he told him that he wanted to help people, and Mr. Stemberg replied that if he really wanted to help, he should give everyone access to health care, which Romney said he hadn’t really considered before.”
“Without Tom pushing it, I don’t think we would have had Romneycare,” Romney said. “Without Romneycare, I don’t think we would have Obamacare. So, without Tom a lot of people wouldn’t have health insurance.”