News of Mitt Romney’s secret twitter account made national headlines on Monday.
Ever since his 2012 defeat, Romney, AKA Pierre Delecto, has become increasingly consumed with anger and bitterness, which only deepened after he was turned down for the Secretary of State position. Unlike Hillary Clinton following her stunning defeat, Romney was characteristically quiet about it – at first, then became progressively more vocal. He was happy to accept President Trump’s endorsement during his Senate campaign last year. But upon his arrival in Washington last January, the trickle of criticism he’d directed toward Trump escalated to the point where he has become one of the President’s most outspoken critics.
Now the media, which had derided him in 2012 and 2016, treats him like a hero. He mistakes this newfound attention and flattery from the liberal elites as true respect when it’s actually a case of ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend.’ He’s become a tool of the left.
— McKay Coppins (@mckaycoppins) October 21, 2019
Before Romney locked down his account on Monday, other Twitter users had scoured through it and identified the gems. Among the many Republicans he had denigrated was Newt Gingrich.
Pierre Delecto/maybe-Mitt also liked this tweet about Rudy Giuliani turn into a Batman villain (which one though? I am going to do with Danny de Vito's Penguin for those who are old enough to remember). 4/ pic.twitter.com/xqqTt4OqAP
— Don Moynihan (@donmoyn) October 20, 2019
Gingrich appeared on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” on Monday night and he and host Laura Ingraham discussed it. Here’s what Newt had to say about Romney.
As a historian, I think this is how revolutions occur. Mitt Romney represents the old order. Well, guess what, he just gave you an old order speech. Why should that surprise anyone?
Maybe I am generous to a fault, but the truth is I don’t pay attention to Mitt Romney. I don’t think Mitt Romney matters in the long run of American political history. He certainly does not matter in a Donald Trump Republican Party. I think he is a fossilized element of a party that is disappearing. It doesn’t offend me.
Mitt Romney’s being true to Mitt Romney…I’m not trying to psychoanalyze Mitt. We were competitors. We have enough scars on both sides. But I think as a historian, you’re correct to say whether it was Paul Ryan or it was Mitt Romney or a handful of other people, they are the old order and it’s an order which is disappearing.
I voted for Romney in 2012 not only because I feared the damage that four more years of Obama would do to the country, but because I thought, with his vast experience in turning around businesses that were in trouble, he could work wonders for America.
When he ran again in 2016, I was less enthusiastic. Romney had had his chance and America had rejected him. It was time for a new candidate.
The Atlantic’s McKay Coppins published an article on Sunday evening about his recent interview with Romney. It is entitled “The Liberation of Mitt Romney” and it’s lede says “The newly rebellious senator has become an outspoken dissident in Trump’s Republican Party, just in time for the president’s impeachment trial.” Romney spoke as if he were a victim, a target of Trump’s vicious, immature tweets. And a read of Coppins piece shows that’s exactly how the left portrays him.
Coppins writes, “They manage that tension in different ways: While the president spent a too-online Saturday earlier this month unloading on Twitter—launching #IMPEACHMITTROMNEY into the canon of viral Trump taunts—Romney enjoyed a quiet afternoon picking apples with his grandkids in Utah and refusing to take the bait.”
Right, Trump was sitting at the White House feverishly composing insulting tweets while St. Mitt, above the fray, was off picking apples with his grandchildren.
Let’s not forget that Romney’s first act upon his arrival in Washington was to publish a scathing, judgmental op-ed in the Washington Post. And that New Year’s Day missive was merely the opening salvo. Following Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Northern Syria, his resistance to Trump has turned into open hostility.
When I met him in his office a couple of weeks later, I asked if the Twitter insults bothered him.
That’s kind of what he does,” Romney said with a shrug, and then got up to retrieve an iPad from his desk. He explained that he uses a secret Twitter account—“What do they call me, a lurker?”—to keep tabs on the political conversation. “I won’t give you the name of it,” he said, but “I’m following 668 people.” Swiping at his tablet, he recited some of the accounts he follows, including journalists, late-night comedians (“What’s his name, the big redhead from Boston?”), and athletes. Trump was not among them. “He tweets so much,” Romney said, comparing the president to one of his nieces who overshares on Instagram. “I love her, but it’s like, Ah, it’s too much.”
Coppins wrote, “When I would speak with his friends and allies in Utah during last year’s campaign, there was often a certain dilettantish quality in the future Senator Romney they envisioned—a venerable elder statesman dabbling in legislation the way a retiree takes up tennis.
Like Joe Biden, Romney should have called it a day. He’d lived the American dream. He had achieved success and respect and had a loving, close knit family. He had it all. Still, he wanted to cap it all off by winning the presidency. His inability to achieve that dream, especially to someone he considered so morally inferior, was something he just couldn’t accept.
So, here he is, proudly revealing his alter ego, “Pierre Delecto,” to the world. With this one act, he has shattered the integrity and the decency we believed was synonymous with Mitt Romney.
Resentment is a powerful and costly business.