Mitt Romney is the only Republican senator excluded from a congressional task force created by the White House to formulate a plan to reopen the country.
The administration released a list of members in Congress who took part in a phone call with the President discussing supply chains, the Paycheck Protection Program and “ways to energize the economy.”
The Hill reports that the list “included nearly 70 senators, including all 52 of Romney’s GOP colleagues in the chamber.”
Romney, however, is on the outside looking in.
This would be more noteworthy if anyone was under the impression Romney still identifies as an actual member of the GOP.
In reality, he sits on the sidelines with his Democrat colleagues whose work in trying to dismantle the Trump presidency runs more in line with his own political motivations.
Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Bernie Sander (Communist-VT), along with red-state Democrats Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Doug Jones (D-AL) were all left off the task force.
52 Senate Republicans have been asked by President Trump to serve on the Opening Up America Again Congressional Group. The lone GOP Senator NOT invited… @MittRomney
— Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) April 16, 2020
Romney’s Clouded Judgment
Had Romney been included on the task force, there’d be little surprise due to his successful business background. His acumen in creating jobs and improving business economic conditions can not be disputed.
His judgment, on the other hand, has been very clouded over the last few years. Why would the President want someone on a task force to jump-start the economy when:
- That person knows an improved economy will help the nation and by extension the President and
- That person has a history of trying to hurt the current administration.
It seems like a solid choice NOT to pick Romney.
Mitt Romney, who voted to convict Trump in impeachment trial, is the only Republican senator not invited on phone call https://t.co/F4tO16KF04
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) April 16, 2020
Impeachment Slowed Coronavirus Response
Worth noting that many actual Republicans in Congress have admitted that the impeachment charade was a key factor in their inability to help the President take action on the coronavirus.
You know, the impeachment that Romney joined in on in voting to convict the President?
“It came up while we were tied down in the impeachment trial,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said. “And I think it diverted the attention of the government because everything every day was all about impeachment.”
While Democrats were entirely focused on impeachment, President Trump would issue travel restrictions with China, establish a Coronavirus Task Force, and declare coronavirus a public health emergency, among many other actions.
Trump is still on track to be acquitted, but not with Republican Sen. Mitt Romney’s vote. Romney votes to impeach, calling Trump’s actions “a flagrant assault on our electoral rights, our national security interests, and our fundamental values”
— Robbie Gramer (@RobbieGramer) February 5, 2020
President Trump repeatedly mocked Romney last month when it became evident that he would have to self-quarantine during the coronavirus crisis due to possible exposure through Senator Rand Paul.
“Romney is in isolation?” Trump asked a reporter. “Gee, that’s too bad.”
Now he’s being isolated from the task force to open the American economy back up again. Romney’s actions are now limiting his ability to serve his constituents and make America great again.