Romney reveals private GOP conversations about Trump

CNN’s Jake Tapper discusses new excerpts from Atlantic journalist McKay Coppins’ biography “Romney: A Reckoning,” about what Republican Utah Sen. Mitt Romney saw during his time in office. #CNN #News

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    Romney is only moderate and decent compared with 95% of his R colleagues who are now so anti-truth and anti-democracy that they have become a despicable swamp gang, not a legitimate, principled political organization. Where was this supposedly courageous and honest Romney while trump was wrecking our democracy and further dividing the nation? Romney was silent, voting largely with trump's position again and again as he went along to get along. Did he speak out forcefully about the numerous offenses committed by trump or the moral bankruptcy of his party as it became a cesspool of dishonesty, corruption, cowardice and authoritarian sentiments? Now that he's retiring, he finally speaks up about stuff that he abided in silence, hidden from the public for years. Where have we heard that before?

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    Sandbag Biden

    Well its election time so CNN has to feed their sheep plenty of lies so they dont get their feeling hurt to throw shade on the fact that the orange man is kicking ass in the polls 😂.

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    Richard Hack

    Jake, you refer to Romney as "Republican royalty." This is a typical misuse of words by a media framer, even one I kind of like. We have a hereditary money aristocracy, but do not have "royalty." Please use a less historically charged word.

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    Ron Benjamin

    Ya, ok, Romney is still looking for the prophet on the white horse and making Mormonism the heroic religion that saves the United States.

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    Kelly Bryant

    Make no mistake, the values of the neocons of 20 years ago aided the situation now. Romney, Bush, Cheney and others presented views that eventually evolved into the situation that shaped Trump. They are responsible.

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    They know he's a liar, a cheat, a fraud, and many other forms of low life. Even though they know, he's still useful idiot who enables their agenda. He's the one that enabled a super majority on the Supreme Court. He's the one who fed a steady supply of ultra conservative lunatics of the federal bench. He's the one who enabled trillions in tax cuts for their benefactors. They know, but they don't care

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    Shane Parkinson

    Romney is chicken to run again he's toast he knows he can not win in Utah again, he doesn't wanto look stupid for running like Liz Cheney, Utah deserves so much better than Romney.

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    Amelia Esguerra

    Romney is one bitter loser! Instead supporting Trump for winning over evil Hillary he continually under mined Trump. He is so envious of Trump for having a successful presidency!

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    Romney should run as a democrat. The dems need more experienced conservative voices in their ranks to shift the party more to the middle again.

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    rod dizon

    What happened to the GOP, what happened to the Christian voters, they will choose Trump as their running
    candidate for the Pesidency. They will vote for a Dictator and an evil man.

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    Cowards. All of the GOP members should ban together and fight against Trump.
    Mitt's family is doing okay. Liz Cheney is doing okay, Adam Kipzinger is doing okay. They will be okay, especially if they come together and help to ouht Trump in prison. I swear, Liz Cheney has more balls than these Republican Congressmen

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    Mike C

    Once again, this class of people who choose to remain silent during critical moments in American History. Then after their (Mille, Bolton, Comey) books are released, we discover they knew more. They should be criticized instead of on best seller lists. Being oblivious to the concers of American people in public service should be at the very least? An ethics crime.

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    John Roscoe

    I dunno. IF some of those GOP members were honest when they said they were afraid for their families if they voted for impeachment, then I can accept that as an excuse. Keep in mind, I'm saying "IF" as a caveat. IF they truly felt that. And honestly, looking at the behavior of ardent Trumpers and the rhetoric they use, I can see how that was a real fear. It's easy for third parties to look from the outside and say "that's not a good reason you have to do the right thing!" when it's not YOUR family. And no matter how much you may hate all Republicans, no matter how good of a reason you may have to do so, they still have families just like you do.

    Note that this should not be construed as a defense for the likes of Boebert or MTG or that Florida moron who should be in jail for rape. I think it goes without saying they supported Trump out of genuine affection for the lunatic…

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    I suppose Manchin is democrat party Royalty?
    The comparison is similar, as the democrat rank and file have about the same feelings towards Manchin as Republicans have toward Romney.
    The media love Romney unless he is running for president then they absolutely lambast and lie about him, because he doesn't fight back.

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    LaWanda Contreras

    Traitor 45 loyalists condemn Romney immaturely with calling him a rhino, I say Romney is loyal to the constitution/constitution not a traitor! Not a rhino but an American patriot! 💯

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    Peter Larsen

    Uhmmm…. being smarter than ted Cancun cruz is not really something to brag about… He's about as smart as a stale piece of chewed out bubble gum… 🤦

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    At this point I don't think there's much McConnell remembers…. More freezing episodes coming folk,s him and that other relic feinstein have no place in government.

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