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Romney has been exploring a run to take Sen. Orrin Hatch’s seat in 2018.
President Donald Trump is reportedly trying to persuade Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) to seek reelection in an effort to keep Mitt Romney, the former Republican presidential nominee and frequent Trump critic, out of Congress.
Trump’s pressuring on Hatch, who has served in the Senate since 1977, will culminate with a high-profile visit to Utah on Monday where he will sign an executive order to reduce the size of several national monuments. Trump is also expected to praise the senator, according to Politico.
Romney has reportedly been exploring a Senate run for Hatch’s seat in 2018, and sources close to the former Massachusetts governor told the news outlet they are frustrated with Hatch’s reluctance to rule out a possible reelection and believed Trump’s motivation is to block Romney from getting into the Senate.
“Hatch is a known entity for Trump and has been really good for the president for the most part,” Kirk Jowers, a friend of Romney, told Politico. “He knows for a fact he’s not going to get that with Romney. I don’t know that he knows what he’s going to get with Romney, but it’s not going to be what he’s got with Hatch.”
During the 2016 campaign, Romney was harshly critical of Trump and made a speech where he called then-candidate Trump a “phony” and a “fraud” as rumors swirled of Republican efforts to try and stop Trump from winning the party’s nomination.
“His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University,” he said during the speech. “He’s playing the American public for suckers: He gets a free ride to the White House and all we get is a lousy hat.”
“Whether he intended to or not, what he communicated caused racists to rejoice, minorities to weep, and the vast heart of America to mourn,” Romney wrote on Facebook. “His apologists strain to explain that he didn’t mean what we heard. But what we heard is now the reality, and unless it is addressed by the president as such, with unprecedented candor and strength, there may commence an unraveling of our national fabric.”
You can read all of Politico’s report here.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).