Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee put Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) on blast for being so “sickened” about the president’s behavior during special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, which resulted in no conclusion of coordination between the Russian government and Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
“Know what makes me sick, Mitt?” Huckabee asked, adding that Romney once had a more friendly relationship with President Donald Trump but has flip-flopped with his criticism of Trump over the years.
Huckabee and Romney both ran for the Republican Party nomination in the 2008 presidential election. Romney won the nomination in 2012, and Huckabee — the father of White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders — said it “makes me sick that you got GOP nomination and could have been @POTUS.”
Know what makes me sick, Mitt? Not how disingenuous you were to take @realDonaldTrump $$ and then 4 yrs later jealously trash him & then love him again when you begged to be Sec of State, but makes me sick that you got GOP nomination and could have been @POTUS https://t.co/dmidOraRGQ
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) April 19, 2019
Romney admitted that while it’s “good news” there were no collusion ties between Trump and Russia, he was “sickened at the extent and pervasiveness of dishonesty and misdirection by individuals in the highest office of the land, including the President,” as IJR Blue reported.
“I am appalled that, among other things, fellow citizens working in a campaign for president welcomed help from Russia — including information that had been illegally obtained; that none of them acted to inform American law enforcement,” he added.
I have now read the redacted Mueller report and offer my personal reaction: pic.twitter.com/ACnExskqXJ
— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) April 19, 2019
When Washington Post White House bureau chief Philip Rucker noted on Twitter that the two were “bitter rivals,” Huckabee added more context, noting that although the two were rivals during the 2008 presidential election, he helped campaign for Romney in the years after.
“But we need flip-flops on the beach, not in the Senate,” Huckabee said, continuing to rebuke Romney, who is a lone wolf among Republican colleagues in his criticism of the president following Mueller’s final report release.
More context-rivals in 08 for sure but in 2012 I campaigned across USA for him, spoke for him at RNC. He doesn’t have to like @realDonaldTrump as a lot of elitists don’t. But we need flip-flops on the beach, not in the Senate. https://t.co/vv2OkZvasL
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) April 20, 2019
When Romney was freshly elected to the Senate following the 2018 midterm elections, he came under fire from his niece, Republican National Committee (RNC) Chair Ronna McDaniel, for a scathing op-ed in which he slammed Trump’s comments as “divisive, racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, dishonest or destructive to democratic institutions,” as IJR Red previously reported,