The next Romney family reunion might be a bit awkward.
GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel criticized Sen.-elect Mitt Romney (R-Utah) for his stance against President Donald Trump. McDaniel is Romney’s niece.
Romney ripped the president in a scathing op-ed in The Washington Post just one day before swearing into office as Utah’s senator.
McDaniel responded on Twitter, referring to her uncle not by name but as “an incoming Republican freshman senator.”
POTUS is attacked and obstructed by the MSM media and Democrats 24/7. For an incoming Republican freshman senator to attack @realdonaldtrump as their first act feeds into what the Democrats and media want and is disappointing and unproductive. https://t.co/ArhI7Bi7bo
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) January 2, 2019
Romney’s op-ed didn’t hold back in attacking Trump’s character:
To a great degree, a presidency shapes the public character of the nation. A president should unite us and inspire us to follow ‘our better angels.’ A president should demonstrate the essential qualities of honesty and integrity, and elevate the national discourse with comity and mutual respect. As a nation, we have been blessed with presidents who have called on the greatness of the American spirit. With the nation so divided, resentful and angry, presidential leadership in qualities of character is indispensable. And it is in this province where the incumbent’s shortfall has been most glaring.
But as IJR previously noted, Romney still seemed just fine with many of Trump’s policies, drawing similarities to outgoing Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.). Trump even pointed out the similarity himself in his response tweet to Romney and boasted that “I won big, and he didn’t.”
Here we go with Mitt Romney, but so fast! Question will be, is he a Flake? I hope not. Would much prefer that Mitt focus on Border Security and so many other things where he can be helpful. I won big, and he didn’t. He should be happy for all Republicans. Be a TEAM player & WIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2019
McDaniel agreed with Trump and stood on his side instead of her uncle’s. But McDaniel has been distancing herself from her uncle for some time. McDaniel is a sark Trump supporter, while Romney isn’t afraid to criticize him. As reported by The Washington Post, McDaniel dropped her maiden name “Romney” from most official party communications.