Mitt Romney Speaks up, Condemns Trump's Trade War

The former governor and current Senate candidate issued a firm statement on Friday.

I’m not a resident of Utah, but if I were, I’d sure be looking forward to supporting Mitt Romney, about now.

To be clear, Romney is the squish I held my nose and voted for in 2012, knowing his was horridly moderate. He was also weak, and after that third debate with Barack Obama, where he failed to really press his [correct] points home, opting to demure to Obama’s cocky attitude, I was pretty sure he voted for Obama, himself, when election day rolled around.

I also was pretty disgusted at the way he slammed Donald Trump before the 2016 election [correctly], but rolled right over when it appeared President-elect Trump was considering him for a Cabinet position.

No, Mitt Romney doesn’t have a lot of favor in my eyes, but if he keeps pounding home these truths, even in an election year, I’m willing to extend a little grace to him.

As of midnight, the Trump administration has slapped a 25 percent tariff on somewhere around $34 billion in Chinese goods, with the threat on the table for much more.

China, in retaliation, has implemented their own tariffs on American products, saying the United States had just started the biggest trade war in history.

It’s a back and forth with no winners in sight. Only Trump’s most devoted can see any good in the pain already being inflicted on pork and soy farmers, as well as workers feeling the pinch from aluminum and steel tariffs.

Trump said it. We believe it. That’s the end of it.

Romney, however spoke up earlier Friday and condemned the latest shot fired in the trade war, shortly after it went into effect.

“Trade wars are a tax on Americans,” Mr. Romney — a Utah Senate candidate, former Massachusetts governor and former GOP presidential nominee — said in a statement, “They have severe consequences for many employees and inevitably cost American jobs.”

We’re already seeing that. Mid Continental, the nation’s largest nail manufacturer has already laid off dozens of employees. SEMO Boxing, the company that supplies the boxes for Mid Continental’s product have also seen layoffs, since there isn’t the same demand, given the reduction in the nail manufacturing business.

Harley-Davidson Motorcycles has had to lay off employees and move a portion of their manufacturing overseas, in order to save their European market, since Trump decided punishing our allies in the European Union was the best way to “protect” our nation.

He has far less concern for protecting us against our greatest geopolitical foes in Russia, for some reason.

Romney’s statement is encouraging, considering we’ve seen an inability on the part of Republican lawmakers to say “no” to this president, even when he’s doing things that are hurting their constituents.

Much of it is because of the constituents, themselves. Many of them would boil their MAGA hats with lawn clippings and salt, then call it “soup” to feed their families, if Trump told them that level of poverty was winning.

They don’t want to hear that Donald Trump is not 101 percent right, no matter if the house is burning down around them. They consider the firemen the enemies.

We’ve seen solid conservatives exiled because of perceived slights against the name of Trump, so career-minded politicians shy away from saying anything that isn’t in line with Trump’s agenda.

Maybe it’s because he already has the GOP nomination. For Republican voters in Utah, it’s Romney or the Democrat. Would Trump’s supporters risk a blue flip for Utah, simply because Romney condemned the tariffs?

That’s the risk Romney is apparently willing to take, and if he gets away with that here, there’s a chance he’s one more voice in the Senate willing to stand up to Trump, rather than to just take up space and rubberstamp whatever Trump says.

There’s always that hope.

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Jules*
Jules*

@a.2nd.civil.war.vet/@Fools* et al, thank you very much for your help in illustrating the mindset of the Left.

We can talk about the way the Left handles being confronted, how they Left reverts to attacks and insults when thwarted, how the Left can't handle open discourse and tries to shout it down or shut it down. We can offer example after example, taken from the news.

But nothing is more effective than seeing it in action. Your spoofing of my screen name to hide behind as you exhibit your own degeneracy is really enlightening----it not only shows how much open discourse threatens you, it offers a vivid, if unwelcome, peek into your truly disturbed mind. The first is illustrative of the way the Left has to handle discourse, the second merely confirms the perceptions of your sexuality and general morality that you have conveyed.

Remember, after you repeatedly identified me as a man you also repeatedly begged me to fellate you, in gross detail. The rest of your posts show similar obsessions. But that's just your pathology.

I'm talking about your fear of conflicting opinions expressed in ways you can't handle And you admit, through your hijacking of my screen name, that your only recourse is to try to shut me down.

This blog is Erick's baby, so I guess all we can do is sit back and see how much he values it----if he likes having it a forum for open and respectful discourse or if he is happy to have it taken over by vulgar blog vandals intent on driving off the rational posters and taking over the forum as their own territory, where only fellow travelers are welcome.

GoGriz
GoGriz

@Fools*

That Filipino woman you keep brayin about is you. But don't despair, Fools, mommy will be down soon with your meds

Fools*
Fools*

@Jules* Stop keeping that filipino woman caged up in your basement like an animal!! You may have paid for her but that doesn't give you a right to mistreat her. She thought she was coming to America to marry a Big Dog...boy, wasn't she surprised!

Jules*
Jules*

And yes, everyone HAS noticed that you are pretending I didn't prove your ignorance by producing definitions of the "weird" fantasy of an entire political system you don't even know exists.

Jules*
Jules*

@Paul C, then you better stay close to home 'cause that's the only place anyone is ever going to think you are anything but an ignorant posturing hate-driven doofus. Of course, I wonder if this "awesomeness" you are so proud of depends on you never exposing your hate-driven pathology or your strangely distorted "ideas". I'm guessing yes, because no respect or affection could survive that kind of revelation.

You are right---no one wants to read about YOU. But reading about an infestation of trolls totally ignorant of, and indifferent to, reality as they try to flood forums like this with nonsense and lies does matter. It helps shine some light into the dank crevices of the Left, and every glimmer of light will roust out the cockroaches, make you scurry, and your scurrying into lies and distortions and stupidity will help people see what you people are really like.

You are right---YOU are of no interest or value at all. But what you represent is important, as the tactics of the Left can be revealed by unmasking the mindless puppets like you.

So thank you for playing........

And BTW, it might be time to pull a moron and get yourself a new screen name. I think this one has been outed.

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