Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT), while not exactly known for bombastic speeches or throwing shade, recently expressed his disappointment in Democrats for wanting to tamper with the filibuster —and he didn’t much care for President Biden’s divisive speech in Atlanta, either.
Romney had some kind of harsh words for the Biden administration (this is Mitt Romney, after all).
“Romney said Tuesday that there is a “reasonable chance Republicans will win both houses in Congress, and that Donald Trump himself could once again be elected president in 2024,” USA Today reports.
“Have Democrats thought what it would mean for them — for the Democrat minority — to have no power whatsoever?” he continued.
“The United States Senate is one of our vital democratic institutions, and the power given to the minority in the Senate and the resulting requirement for political consensus are among the Senate’s defining features.”
“Note that in the federal government, empowerment of the minority is established through only one institution: the Senate,” he continued. “The majority decides in the House; the majority decides in the Supreme Court; and the president, of course, is a majority of one. Only in the Senate does the minority restrain the power of the majority.”
“President Biden goes down the same tragic road taken by President Trump — casting doubt on the reliability of American elections,” Romney said. “This is a sad, sad day. I expected more of President Biden, who came into office with the stated goal of bringing the country together.”
Romney also took his case to the Senate floor:
“It’s absurd to claim that to ‘save a democracy,’ a party that represents barely half the country is entitled, entirely by itself, to trample the rules of its senior democratic institution. Legislation of consequence must be a product of bipartisan compromise to be effective.”
It’s absurd to claim that to 'save a democracy,' a party that represents barely half the country is entitled, entirely by itself, to trample the rules of its senior democratic institution. Legislation of consequence must be a product of bipartisan compromise to be effective. pic.twitter.com/NVyENHdNgx
— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) January 13, 2022