Unable to contain his excitement over betraying his party, his country, and his voters, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) sat down with The Atlantic’s McKay Coppins the day before the Senate’s impeachment vote to explain why he was about to do what he was about to do: Become the first senator in history to cast an impeachment conviction vote against a president of his own party.
Romney was clearly high on his own moral excellence when he spoke to Coppins, explaining that he’d been led to cast the vote by his conscience and his faith.
“This has been the most difficult decision I have ever had to make in my life,” Romney said.
He told Coppins that he took his oath of office “very seriously” and that it led him inexorably to vote against President Trump.
“I have gone through a process of very thorough analysis and searching, and I have prayed through this process,” he said. “But I don’t pretend that God told me what to do. The president did in fact pressure a foreign government to corrupt our election process. And really, corrupting an election process in a democratic republic is about as abusive and egregious an act against the Constitution—and one’s oath—that I can imagine. It’s what autocrats do.”
Is that so, Mitt? Is that what autocrats do? They ask foreign countries to look into areas of concern before handing over $300 million in military aid? Wow, we guess all that stuff we learned about dictators and authoritarian fascists in high school was a bit overblown. Maybe we ought to take another look at Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un, because if these are the kinds of unforgivable shenanigans they’ve been up to, they might not be that bad after all.
Oh, they’re murderers and torturers and not just leaders who had one dubious phone call with Ukraine? Okay, then maybe let’s chill with the hyperbole, Mitt.
“I would have liked to have abdicated my responsibility as I understood it under the Constitution and under the writing of the Founders by saying, ‘Let’s leave this to the voters,’” Romney said. “I’m subject to my own conscience.”
Oh, blow your conscience out of your Delecto, Pierre.