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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 28: Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) speaks with reporters before attending a policy luncheon with Senate Republicans at the U.S. Capitol Building on September 28, 2022 in Washington, DC. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

(LifeSiteNews) – President Donald Trump slammed Utah’s liberal Republican Senator Mitt Romney, a failed 2012 presidential candidate, for not backing pro-life, conservative Utah Senator Mike Lee in his 2022 re-election bid.

Sen. Romney has refused to endorsed his fellow Utah Republican senator, which is seen as as tacit endorsement of liberal Evan McMullin, an “independent” candidate who opposes the reversal of Roe v. Wade and ran for president in 2016 with the primary goal of stopping Trump from becoming president by winning Utah.

McMullin is a former congressional staffer and CIA operative who was recruited by Never Trumpers to run in 2016.

“Mike Lee is an outstanding Senator who has been abused, in an unprecedented way, by a fellow Republican Senator from his own State, something which rarely has happened in political History,” Trump wrote in a statement on Wednesday. “Such an event would only be understandable if Mike did not perform his duties as a United States Senator, but he has, and he has performed them well.”

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“Mitt Romney is the Junior Senator from the Great State of Utah, which I won twice in a landslide, once by beating the candidate, Evan ‘McMuffin’ McMullin, who is currently running against Senator Lee,” Trump wrote. “McMuffin does not represent the values of Utah, but neither, as you will see in two years, does Mitt Romney, who refuses to endorse his fellow Republican Senator, Mike Lee. Mike should now accept that fact and go on to win a race against a man who should have, based on his failed career as a politician, no chance of winning.”

“Mike Lee is outstanding and has my Complete and Total Endorsement. Mitt Romney and Evan McMuffin can count on the fact that they will never have my Endorsement,” Trump wrote.

McMullin says he won’t caucus with either party, rendering him useless to his state

McMullin has said he will not caucus with either party, which one political commentator pointed out will make him practically useless for Utahns. Independent senators Angus King of Maine and Bernie Sanders of Vermont both caucus with the Democratic Party, which means they can get committee assignments even chair committees, which helps in passing legislation.

“While this pledge may sound nice to the Utah Democrats McMullin doesn’t want to offend by claiming he’d caucus with Republicans, and maybe also the Utah Republicans who would be offended if he’d caucus with the Democrats, McMullin’s pledge is either an outright lie or a promise to be completely powerless when he tries to represent Utah in Washington,” Conn Carroll wrote at the Washington Examiner.

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“What McMullin is either too ignorant to know himself, or he is hoping Utah voters are too ignorant to know themselves, is that while winning a Senate seat does entitle you to vote and speak on the Senate floor, it does not entitle you to any committee assignments,” Carroll wrote in April.

“Without joining a caucus, McMullin would not have a seat at this negotiating table. Neither party is obligated to give him a seat on any committee,” the Examiner editor wrote. “And unless he agrees to join a caucus, as Sanders and King have, neither party has any reason to want to give him a seat on any committee.”

“Without joining a caucus, McMullin will have zero power over any committee work, which will be a huge blow to the voters of Utah,” Carroll concluded.


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