Sen. Mitt Romney, other Utah leaders not ready to endorse President Donald Trump

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  • Lilly Munster , 00
    June 1, 2019 1:08 p.m.

    Based on Romney's absolutely consistent voting record, he will make a lot of noise about not approving of SOME of Trump's behaviors, but Romney will never get into the sordid details of what he doesn't like, tolerate or agree with in Trump. Romney will keep us all dangling at..... maybe he will, or maybe he won't support Trump in 2020.
    See how that works? He doesn't really have to take any moral or political stand. He can, as always, keep his finger in the air to see which way the wind is blowing, then decide later. As all accomplished Politicians and Gamblers do. Wait and see how the cards are being played, then decide for yourself. Be sure of this, from every indication: Romney wants to be the President.
    But.....Romney knows that he cannot criticize Trump vehemently. Just a little bit will do for now. Romney knows that he cannot openly criticize the Republican Party and the majority of Republicans, from choosing down to the man whom we all knew as a liar, philanderer, cheat and failed business man. Romney has to walk a tight rope of decision/indecision, moral surety/moral accommodation of corruption. Summary: Romney will throw in with Trump. For now.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    May 28, 2019 8:44 p.m.

    Sounds like the Donald is about to get the boot at the primaries. If he does not get the nomination that would be great for our country and the Constituion.

  • Astoria Jim Mamaroneck, NY
    May 28, 2019 6:12 p.m.

    By the time you turn seventy, as I did last year and Mitt Romney did a few years ago, you realize there are certain things that are precious, and not for sale or even for rent, and one of the greatest of these is character...both yours, and that of the people you support.

    Mitt Romney voiced not only his opposition to the current occupant of the White House during the primary campaign, but more so his disgust at his lack of character. While it is pathetic to see Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina...who the current occupant of the White House mocked and scorned...kowtow to him in public, it is refreshing and inspiring for Mott Romney to say, no...not yet...I don't know if I can support him in 2020.

    You can question Mitt's positions on any number of issues, but for standing tall and firm and strong, you can't question his character.

  • Golden Rules Okay, OK
    May 28, 2019 4:21 p.m.

    If you need evidence that humans kowtow to an alpha male, just read these comments. Not only adoration of Trump, but quick to lash out at anyone who says something as benign as being undecided on supporting Trump.

  • 1covey Salt Lake City, UT
    May 28, 2019 3:41 p.m.

    To say nobody ever rebuts what Romney says is just not true; for instance, Romney's remarks on the Mueller report reflect a lack of balance and consideration for unusual circumstances : Romney has not been subjected to a two year maliciously false harassment from the all sides. But, what also needs to be looked at is what Romney has not said. He has not given a negative critique of any other major political figure; not to the extent he has concerning Trump. From his high 'moral perch' there's hardly any person in this world he could not criticize, but who does he mostly criticize ? And for what purpose ?

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    May 28, 2019 3:16 p.m.

    "Pres. Trump reminds me of the Book of Mormon king, Moriantum..."

    I guess it's okay to compare Trump to Book of Mormon characters as long as it is a favorable comparison. Sorry to hurt your feelings.

  • Liberal Mormon Salt Lake City, UT
    May 28, 2019 1:08 p.m.

    I'm always here in the comments for the performance art that is @WeThePeople.

    I just shudder to think how many of the likes they post are not in irony.

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    May 28, 2019 11:46 a.m.

    "Since Mitt is affiliated with the same party as our elected President of the USA , stand tall and support him just like you should support your religious leader!!!!"

    Very frightening words!!

    Whatever they are inhaling down in Arizona is a real trip! Remember, that peyote is for Native Americans only!

  • worf McAllen, TX
    May 27, 2019 7:36 p.m.

    Can people form opinions without endorsement of TV commentators and unproductive politicians?

    Research, observe, and study is the way to go.

  • Desert Dog Layton, UT
    May 27, 2019 2:23 p.m.

    Romney and CNN are joined at the hip. That should tell you all you need to know.

  • TUN_Heathen PINCKNEY, MI
    May 27, 2019 1:17 p.m.

    Trump is a very stable genius. We know because he told us.
    How can you not support someone like that?

  • majmajor Layton, UT
    May 27, 2019 11:46 a.m.

    Best of the West - Queen Creek, AZ
    May 27, 2019 7:20 a.m.
    I apologize to the Deseret News Readers,,
    Since Mitt is affiliated with the same party as our elected President of the USA , stand tall and support him just like you should support your religious leader!!!!


    That is funny! There is no “true party.” Taken independently, both parties are crazy. We need both parties to be engaged, and as a citizen, I expect Congress to oversee the administration. Trump has done very little, but drive up our unborn’s debt.

    Mitt shows more concern for the nation than the current Administration. Nation before party.

    Trump’s personal actions warrant no consideration as a “religious leader.”

  • Silver Stingray St George, UT
    May 27, 2019 9:40 a.m.

    Trump made a fool out of Romney (actually Romney made a fool out of himself) when he dangled the Secretary of State position in front of him. Romney acted like a lap dog then and is still licking his wounds.

  • Best of the West Queen Creek, AZ
    May 27, 2019 7:20 a.m.

    I apologize to the Deseret News Readers,,
    Since Mitt is affiliated with the same party as our elected President of the USA , stand tall and support him just like you should support your religious leader!!!!

  • rexwhitmer , 00
    May 27, 2019 1:20 a.m.

    Hint..Romney isn't running for president for Utahn's, he's running for his own ego. He was the first governor to enact socialized medicine. That's his greatest accomplishment! Utahn's as well as the general population of the USA will be quite sorry when he finally clears socialized medicine for the entire USA! Socialized medicine takes your medical options out of your indivicual hands and gives it to an unelected board. Your treatment will be designated by several factors, mainly the cost. He's still seeking to be his father who was definately a great and honest man who's values exceeded by far Mitt's. Socialized medicine will almost immediately lead to socialization of many more things. States will lose their soverenty completely and Big Brother will care for us all. This is the current Democrtic goal and he will sit easily into it!

  • mrjj69 Bountiful, UT
    May 27, 2019 12:30 a.m.

    I am not ready to endorse mitt romney.

  • junkgeek Agua Dulce, TX
    May 26, 2019 6:53 p.m.

    Someone with a sense of morality should primary anyone who supports Donald Trump. You may lose, but you will have the respect of anyone with high moral values.

  • EmmanuelGoldstein1984 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 26, 2019 5:44 p.m.

    "young people as well as people around the world look at the president of the United States and say, 'Does he exhibit the kind of qualities that we would want to emulate?'"

    In Trump's case, that should be a rhetorical question with an all-too-obvious answer, "No!"

  • Lilly Munster , 00
    May 26, 2019 5:40 p.m.

    Romney has expressed the occasional moral principle. He even sometimes claims he supports all human rights, and eschews the dishonest and lawless behavior of the Trump/Putin Cabal in the White House. Alas, Romney ALWAYS eventually votes Party over Morality. No matter the vile and villainous developments revealed each and every day about Trump, he can always count on Romney to support him. Romney was aware, long before the Presidential Election, that Trump has always been a cheat, a deceiver, a liar and an immoral person, yet it didn't cost Trump Romney's eventual support, did it?

  • Truth Seeker , 00
    May 26, 2019 4:45 p.m.

    It's Romney I will not endorse or vote for ever again. He run as a Republican but he is a Democrat. He sure pulled the wool over the eyes of Utah voters.

  • Flipphone , 00
    May 26, 2019 4:34 p.m.

    I would encourage the Utah republican party to support anyone but Mitt Romney.

  • Pagosa Kid SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    May 26, 2019 4:24 p.m.

    I didn’t vote for Romney and I’m a conservative as well as a member of the dominant religion. Romney and many LDS people just don’t like the persona of President Trump. But he has fulfilled many of his campaign promises like no other President. And NO OTHER PRESIDENT has been hounded by the left and the left media like he has. The liberal left is so crazy now with their policies that it will ruin our country. But it’s all about power with them. They will say anything to be elected.

  • Wasatch Al South Jordan, UT
    May 26, 2019 3:44 p.m.

    This weekend Trump tweeted his support for the murderous dictator of North Korea and laughed at his opinion of a former Vice President of the United States. Trump also showed no concern that North Korea is once again launching missiles.

    Is this kind of leadership that Senator Lee and representatives Bishop and Stewart propose we should support for another presidential term? Their continual backing of this deeply flawed leader will not be forgotten by
    many concerned Utahns.

  • Palmetto Bug Columbia, SC
    May 26, 2019 3:30 p.m.

    Romney is neither a liberal nor a democrat. He sides with his party on over 95% of senate votes (more than Mike Lee and many other ‘true’ republicans) and the majority of his positions are pretty standard conservative beliefs. He has supported a large majority of President Trump’s policies but that doesn’t mean he should, or does, support the president.

    Romney may be too liberal for some and too conservative for others but that’s good, normal behavior.

  • ldsironrodder Mt Vernon, OH
    May 26, 2019 3:30 p.m.

    After having read the entire article and most of the comments, It was clear to me exactly why I am grateful for being politically neutral and independent. I am also grateful for our first president who so eloquently penned his farewell address wherein he clearly warned where we, as a nation might find ourselves entangled with foreign governments, as-well-as devolving from political neutrality toward policies, platforms, and personalities as a political party might instigate. If you have never availed yourself of the opportunity to read his Farewell Address, I pray you will do so before the media incites you, once again, to continue to do the same thing over and over again while expecting different results which constitutes insanity.

    While I did not vote for President Trump, I do have the sovereign duty to respect the office to which he was elected. Should this president or any other man or woman duly chosen by "We the People" commit real treason, I would be likewise obligated to seek his or her impeachment and removal from office. In case you are wondering, I have not voted R or D in over 30 years. If still alive in 2020, I will enjoy my political freedom once again.

  • gherbiep weatherford, OK
    May 26, 2019 3:14 p.m.

    Mr. Romney should change his affiliation. Although he might be considered a conservative in the democratic party. His apparent beliefs fall in line with that party. He should get rid of the R and come out of the closet as the democrat he is.

  • dski Herriman, UT
    May 26, 2019 3:06 p.m.

    Ask me if I care who they endorsed! Everyone has one vote, that's it. For my vote, it will be Trump for president. For Romney, I will replace his name with my dog as a write in candidate. At least I know exactly what my dog will do.

  • WeThePeople Sandy, UT
    May 26, 2019 2:37 p.m.

    @Herbert Gravy

    We should also elect our Leader in 2024! He is making our Country Great again. And the lying liberal democrates have wasted so much of his Presidency on their Collusion Delusion. A Great Leader like Trump deserve's two full term's to get the job done!

  • watchdog21 alpine, UT
    May 26, 2019 2:32 p.m.

    I want BOTH my Mitt Romney votes back. Too bad Senate votes are so far apart. #NeverAgainMitt.

    You are so sanctimonious and self serving. We know Trump is boorish...but he is governing the way we want in Utah. He got elected to disrupt the swamp....

    Don't be a swamp creature Mitt

  • worf McAllen, TX
    May 26, 2019 1:50 p.m.

    I will not form opinions based on Mitt Romney or what the main stream media reports.

  • geekusprimus Little Elm, TX
    May 26, 2019 1:40 p.m.

    I've long been a supporter of Mitt Romney. I still am. I appreciate his approach to policy: research, consult with others, do more research, and then come up with a plan. Good policies cannot be implemented with only catchy slogans designed to rile up the voter base; they require a great deal of study and considering all the possible contributions to the issue. This is where Trump has failed. He wants to stop illegal immigration? Great. Don't build the wall. Most illegals are here either through an expired visa (meaning they were legal as visitors) or forged documents. The wall won't do anything to stop that. He wants to strengthen the American economy? Great. Stop playing with tax cuts and trade wars and focus on balancing the budget. Make it easy for American industry to thrive. Encourage our people to be the best and brightest the world has to offer. These are things that required detailed plans, which is where Donald Trump has failed miserably.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    May 26, 2019 1:31 p.m.

    We need leaders who value truth, authenticity, true leadership, and who have a solid moral code.

    This would not be Trump and many in Washington. Hence, part of why we are in troubke as a country.

  • UtahBlueDevil Alpine, UT
    May 26, 2019 1:11 p.m.

    BobUtah - you complain that Romney doesn't represent Utah.... because he lived in the east.... and yet you express support for Trump. How does Trump represent Utah. He was raised going to private boarding schools, away from family, he has been married three times, when the old model grew tiring. He grew up in a wealthy family, and his dad funded his sons businesses. He got his start with Casinos... he has at least twice been with other women other than his spouse, and paid both women to keep quite when he ran for office. He is part of the country club set... where people pay to be away from other people. What part of Trump represents anything closely resembling "Utah" values?

    People in Utah voted for Trump because they didn't want to vote for Clinton. They weren't voting for what Trump represents, but more voted against Clinton and what she represented.

  • Moracle Blackshear, GA
    May 26, 2019 1:05 p.m.

    One of the most encouraging things that could be said about Trump, would be that Romney's not sure he will endorse him...

  • cthulhu_fhtagn Seattle, WA
    May 26, 2019 12:26 p.m.

    It's always revealing when mitt talks about trump. Everyone pounces on him, but no one rebuts a word he says.

  • UncleArtie Brigham City, UT
    May 26, 2019 12:27 p.m.

    I honestly think Mitt is positioning himself for the 2020 Democratic nomination. A little digging on each of the Dem candidates quickly shows each has major baggage issues. Romney's positions align with the Dems and he does not appear to have the same baggage issues.

    I would hope that by now at least half of the Republicans who voted Mitt into the Senate are regretting their vote.

  • BigLib Salt Lake City, UT
    May 26, 2019 12:09 p.m.

    Romney is an embarrassment to Republicans and to the State of Utah. He is focused upon trashing President Trump rather than representing the people of Utah in Congress. There are already enough Democrats trashing the President without Mitt Romney piling on. How about it Mitt! When are you going to start doing something for the people who elected you?

  • ITrustNoPutts La Grange, TN
    May 26, 2019 12:03 p.m.

    In my lifetime President Trump is the first Politician who has actually done what he said he would do if elected. I can go down a long list of the Politically Correct Presidents, Congressman and Senators who have spoken eloquently to us, promising the moon and delivering on none of them. Yeah, Trump's style of communicating is totally different than what we are use to, but so are the wonderful things he has accomplished in just the first 2 years in office. His past is an issue for some, but we all have a past and most of us non-perfect people are sure glad there exist such a thing as forgiveness. Judging others is a job for someone much more worthy of doing so than us mortals. Imagine what President Trump could have already achieved if the Dems and liberal media were just truthful and cooperated once in a while. He has been forced to defend himself, since day one in office against untrue charges, while at the same time managing a world inflamed with problems. This non-Politician, who some feel is such a horrible person is also doing all this for no pay. He donates his entire salary as President to charity. An uncommon guy for sure. Thank You Mr. President!

  • Endure2End San Jose, CA
    May 26, 2019 12:00 p.m.

    It's not too early. I'm voting for President Trump. He has done an excellent job.

  • bjeanb Orem, UT
    May 26, 2019 11:58 a.m.

    It’s good to know there are Republican pols who, at least superficially, have chosen not to become eunuchs for his royal highness.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    May 26, 2019 11:47 a.m.

    I wish Utah political leaders would hurry up end endorse President Trump, or not. I really want to know who I will be voting for.

  • John M. Sandy, UT
    May 26, 2019 11:44 a.m.

    Mitt America doesn't want you yet it is obvious what you are trying to do. You want to give it one more shot, never happen Mitt. I will vote for Trump no matter what.

  • tsobserver Mapleton, UT
    May 26, 2019 11:38 a.m.

    Donald Trump is like the uncle everyone is ashamed to admit being related to until they actually need him. Republicans are far more troubled by what their opponents think of them than Democrats ever have been. But in the end, their partisanship will help them swallow whatever Uncle Donald does.

  • portlander Arlington, WA
    May 26, 2019 11:37 a.m.

    We needed Donald Trump. I now live in liberal Washington State, but I am looking at the inevitable retirement in Utah, with my wife, to be close to our grandkids. I am also a huge supporter of Trump's presidential politics and policies, and I am very worried of having to live in the very milquetoast Republican State of Utah, where the attitudes seem to be, that it is better to "go along, to get along", than it is to stand up for what is right. It's as if people think that it is better to hide their light under a bushel. I have already lived through that in my home state of Oregon, throughout the 60's &70's, as it turned from workingman's conservatism to flaming liberalism, and then again in the 80's & 90's, as Washington State did the same thing. Why is it so difficult for the people to see that liberals, who are the minions of satan, are turning Utah, along with the rest of the country, into the very thing that the Lord has warned us against, since time immemorial. Don't they see or believe in the consequences that the Lord has proscribed and warned us against? It is time we clean our own houses so that next time, a Donald Trump, would not be necessary as President.

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    May 26, 2019 11:22 a.m.

    Nobody is endorsing because its not time to endorse.
    They will all be on board for Trump in 2020.
    Even Mugwump-Romney.

  • ERB Eagle Mountain, UT
    May 26, 2019 10:46 a.m.

    I trust Mike Lee. Mitt, not so much. This article was slanted. To what end...comments.

  • Geraldo Blanding, UT
    May 26, 2019 10:36 a.m.

    Mr. Romney's remarks about the President are at best distasteful, but I would rate them more in the category of repugnant and self-serving. They definitely convince me he's not worthy of my vote next time around. Yes, the President's not very "presidential", but that's part of the reason why he gets things done so well. Saving our constitutional republic, not being do-nothing presidential, is what's important to me. That's why he will get my vote in 2020. I rate him AAA in performance. People need to wake up and realize we are in the midst of a much needed revolution begun November 8, 2016!

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    May 26, 2019 10:32 a.m.


    Dear Glorious Leader will be re-elected in 2020.

  • Red Corvette St George, UT
    May 26, 2019 10:29 a.m.

    Milqutoast Mitt, always waiting to see which way the wind is blowing. Flip flop, flip flop, flip flop.

  • Daedalus, Stephen Arvada, CO
    May 26, 2019 10:21 a.m.

    Romney is an emotionally stable, well-adjusted, mature adult who is devout in his faith and successful in both private and public sectors.

    Why someone like this refuses to endorse someone like Trump SHOULD be self-evident.

    That this is newsworthy in the slightest only highlights the self-parody that is Trump's Republican party and the absurd fealty of his followers.

  • Make Us Free Pleasant Grove, UT
    May 26, 2019 10:10 a.m.

    Romney, Pres. Trump is a better man than you will ever be and is a much better President than you would have ever been! Romney is nothing more than politically correct "mumbo gumbo"! Pres. Trump reminds me a lot of Pres. Teddy Roosevelt and Pres. Andrew Jackson, telling it like it is, just like America needs right now! Romney, nothing in comparison... a total joke!

  • one old man MSC, UT
    May 26, 2019 10:01 a.m.


    But still none of them are showing the courage and wisdom needed to place America first.

    Their failure to stand up and loudly -- VERY loudly -- call for trump's dismissal from office, they will not be truly deserving of the office which they hold.

    They are complicit in the destruction of what has always made America great.

    We will pay a very dear price in the future, and they will be responsible unless they finally bring themselves to do their duty.

  • coleman51 Orem, UT
    May 26, 2019 9:56 a.m.

    I believe this article misrepresents the facts. Utah voters will vote for Donald Trump because not only are his policies in line with their values as Republicans, but also the Democratic Party has nothing to offer as an alternative except policy positions that are so extreme that few, if any, middle class voters can support them. If there are a few squishy Republicans in this state that cannot definitively state they support Trump for a second term, they will all come around when the election season is in full sway. The question that is posed in this article, if turned around, would find most Democrats not willing to support any one candidate for President at this time either. Given some time, positions will harden and Republicans will align willingly and enthusiastically for Donald Trump's re-election.

  • BobUtah Draper, UT
    May 26, 2019 9:40 a.m.

    Romney is not a typical Utahn. He lived most of his life in the east and learned and adopted their values. He says these things because he seriously wants to be heard and saying bad things about our president is the way the main stream media plays these things.

    President Trump is the best president I have ever seen run this country. He cares for our core values and the constitution.

    Sometimes the President doesn't say things in a polished political manner but I simply don't care. He speaks from his heart and has accomplished more than any other president in the last 60 years!

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    May 26, 2019 9:40 a.m.

    There is one word for Mitt’s position. Smart.

  • bamafone Salem, UT
    May 26, 2019 9:18 a.m.

    Those who do not endorse President Trump will never again get my vote.

  • FanOfTheSith Vernal, UT
    May 26, 2019 9:10 a.m.

    There are those within the RNC crowd who believe that this POTUS is becoming a liability to them.

  • NotSoNaive Lehi, UT
    May 26, 2019 9:08 a.m.

    As a life long conservative and republican I am not ready to endorse Senator Romney who behaves more liberally than conservatively or any of the others who are of his mindset. I would not vote for Senator Romney in a primary and did not in the last.

  • jim l West Jordan, UT
    May 26, 2019 8:59 a.m.

    I am a conservative and i would not vote for Romney or Herbert. I really dont care how they feel about anything. I have two flags flying in my front yard. An American, and a Trump. God bless them both.

  • richard lopez upland, CA
    May 26, 2019 8:43 a.m.

    This is just pure Politics. These crafty politicians do not want to endorse early so as not to offend anyone.

  • 1covey Salt Lake City, UT
    May 26, 2019 8:04 a.m.

    How strange; people like what Trump has done and what he has tried to do ( replace Obamacare ), but, don't like Trump the man. Do actions not speak louder than words. How these times have flipped the wisdom of ages. Reason has fled.

  • Christmas Carole Hurricane, UT
    May 26, 2019 8:01 a.m.

    I am happy to have a president that 1)won't be bought by anyone(he has his own funds & does't need theirs, 2)supports our military and police, 3)is PROUD to be an American and unlike most liberials and especially the former person in office doesn't apologize for being one, 4)is SUCCESSFULLY boosting and maintaining a healthy economy!
    I will continue to support this President.

  • quackquack Park City, UT
    May 26, 2019 7:54 a.m.

    I still will never understand how people elected a president that cheats on his taxes, has extra marital affairs, pays porn stars for sex, cheats workers out of their pay checks by claiming bankruptcy, and the list of scummy things goes on on.

    Yet you criticize Obama ... Love to break the news to you all this growth were seeing with the Economy and Jobs are previous Obama policies at work (look it up ) Trump Policies if anything hurt her the economy. Trade Wars, Tax reform, Closed borders ... are those are the only 3 thing trump has done.. Lol yet you think the economy is recovering due to trump policies bawahaha now it makes sense why you voted for Trump.

  • FelisConcolor Layton, UT
    May 26, 2019 7:13 a.m.

    "Sen. Mitt Romney, other Utah leaders not ready to endorse President Donald Trump"

    Does it matter? Most of them didn't endorse Trump in 2016 and he still won.

    This is a big reason Trump is so detested by the pompous Washington-based elites of the Republican Establishment: He has publicly demonstrated their irrelevance. Thanks to Trump Mitt Romney is just a senator from Utah, not a leader of a national party.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    May 26, 2019 7:10 a.m.

    @DaveWY - my feelings exactly. I've voted my whole life for GOP candidates until Trump. His behavior and treatment of others and our Constitution are why I will never vote for him. He and his sons and campaign manager sought the help of Russians. Now he seeks to destroy the DOJ and others who investigated him. This man is criminal. That anyone would support him because he appoints conservative judges is unconscionable. Anyone, any other GOP candidate could appoint conservative judges. My dog could appoint conservative judges.

    He's done absolutely nothing, zero, zip, nada for the economy. He's made things worse for the auto industry by lifting emissions standards while the Chinese are exploding in the electric car industry and solar panels. He's lifted regulations to pollute our air and water. He's started useless trade wars even against our allies. Given tax breaks to wealthy corporations. He's cozied up to the Russians and Putin walks all over him. He's promoted his own businesses as POTUS and makes at last count nearly $300 million a year off his presidency. He has campaigned every single week since he was elected. This is a short list of why I would never, ever vote Trump.

  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    May 26, 2019 6:09 a.m.

    "Trump is business man... not a politician. He believes in getting things done not kow-towing to the public."

    First of all, if you inherit a real estate empire from daddy, it is hard not to be successful, Secondly, lets talk about billion dollar bankruptcies. Thirdly, he's really an entertainer and brand hawker, not a business person.

    The myth Trump created about his business acumen is just that. A Myth.

  • Chris from Rose Park Hartford, CT
    May 26, 2019 5:56 a.m.

    Romney is following what many of his constituents want. He represents pretty well what my extended family and friends want. I finally feel that I have someone approaching Trump the way I want. Support good policies and call out bad actions.

    For those complaining about Romney, consider the possibility that Utah Republican voters see things more like he does than you do. Don't just assume he's not following his base.

  • Chris from Rose Park Hartford, CT
    May 26, 2019 5:44 a.m.

    A lot on this board seem to think that not enduring Trump is the same as endorsing a democrat candidate. They may in fact just end up endorsing another Republican with a similar agenda.

  • Shuzzie53 , 00
    May 26, 2019 12:07 a.m.

    So are they waiting for him to become a good person, a competent president?

  • There You Go Again St George, UT
    May 25, 2019 11:55 p.m.

    It's amazing the clarity a politico has when he/she does not have to worry about re-election.

    Thank you Senator Romney for your refusal to fall in line with people who have sold their souls for whatever their 30 pieces of silver will purchase.

    Fire trump 2020.

  • RiDal Sandy, UT
    May 25, 2019 11:22 p.m.

    One termer!

  • Grunao Provo, UT
    May 25, 2019 11:01 p.m.

    What Senator Romney continues to forget is that his decisions should represent what the voters who elected him want, not what he thinks personally. If he continues to think that he knows more than the rest of us, then the voters will not re-elect him. He needs to vote how his constituents want him to vote. Same goes for the rest of them.

  • Bloodhound Provo, UT
    May 25, 2019 10:23 p.m.

    President Trump has stopped the decline of the U.S. The economy is the best it has been in years, we are getting judges appointed to the courts that actually respect the Constitution, and one can again say "God Bless America" and "Merry Christmas!" All the Democratic candidates for President want open borders, abortion anytime anywhere, and prefer the LGBTQ+ agenda over traditional marriage. I'm voting for President Trump in 2020. These Utah Republicans need to get behind the President!

  • JaneB Wilsonville, OR
    May 25, 2019 10:13 p.m.

    Wonder what kind of a patriot would endorse this guy?

    "North Korea fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me. I have confidence that Chairman Kim will keep his promise to me, & also smiled when he called Swampman Joe Biden a low IQ individual, & worse. Perhaps that’s sending me a signal?" - Trump today.

    I'm disturbed that our president is not disturbed. I'm disturbed that he has confidence in a murderous dictator. I'm disturbed that he thinks it's funny for said murderous dictator to demean our former vice-president. We are living a nightmare.

  • David Centerville, UT
    May 25, 2019 10:11 p.m.

    Romney is smart. Romney is wise. Romney is courageous. You don't think Romney knows there are Republicans that would support Trump even if Trump shot up someone on Wall Street? Romney knows he'll take flak for ever speaking out against Trump, even when Trump is wrong. And Trump is wrong a lot.

    I think Romney is one of the most courageous and honest politicians in Congress right now.

    As a conservative, I would support a different conservative over Trump. Any conservative president could have given us Gorsich and Kavenaugh. But other conservative president's would have been presidential at the same time while in office. I like Trump's policies--we can get that from other conservatives. Where do you think Trump gets his policies? He doesn't come up with that stuff on his own because he doesn't read (you know that, right?). He gets it from others.

    I don't like Trump's persona.

    Good on Romney!

  • JaneB Wilsonville, OR
    May 25, 2019 10:03 p.m.

    mney: "I think he could substantially improve his game". Well yeah....

    Let's face it, Romney will probably fall into line. So sad.

    To my mind, the greatest problem is Rep. leaders looking the other way while Trump takes a wrecking ball to everything. I hardly blame Trump at this point. He is a man with many inadequacies, and I don't think he even knows what they are. But he can't/won't change. He's the accidental president, and he's in over his head.

    R's in congress know better. This is the really scary thing right now. IMO they are not honoring their oath of office-far from it.

    Justin Amash is truly a hero.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    May 25, 2019 10:00 p.m.

    Never wanted to hear all Romney all the time, an I could do with out it now.

  • oldbasketball Draper, UT
    May 25, 2019 9:46 p.m.

    There he goes again.

  • Utahnareapeculiarpeople Salt Lake City, UT
    May 25, 2019 9:32 p.m.

    Yeah, they won’t, right until they do. You’ll be able to track it on a Jason chaffetz graph with no axes.

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    May 25, 2019 9:19 p.m.

    DaveWY, I'm the same. Life long Republican that could never ever vote for the Don.

    I totally support and appreciate Senator Romney. The so called "fake news" just reports the constant juvenile narcissistic behavior of the ultimate demagogue.

  • Utexmom Flower Mound, TX
    May 25, 2019 9:18 p.m.

    Why can't people look at Trump for what he has done for our country since he has been President? He may have an anoying and childish personality, but he has kept his campaign promises and he has accomplished a lot of good things. I don't understand why so many Utahns (I am from Utah also) refuse to see the good he has done and get all hung up on his personality. Obama did everything so far to the left and wouldn't work at all with the republicans. He scared me badly with how he did not defend our country. Now we have a President who is doing the same in the opposite direction. Why can't Utah acknowledge that?

  • Occidentali Salt Lake City, UT
    May 25, 2019 9:15 p.m.

    I hope Senator Romney and other Utah leaders understand that endorsing and supporting President Trump is critical:

    To prevent repealing the religious protections of the First Amendment, unrestricted abortion and infanticide, Iran getting nuclear weapons, higher taxes, more regulations, restricting gas, oil and coal exploration, open borders, China stealing our intellectual property, turning over our uranium supply to Russia, turning our back on Israel, socialization of health care, repealing the speech protections and right to assembly protections of the First Amendment. See Thomas Lifson.

    These issues have a large impact on “shaping the character of the country.” Personal qualities are important but so too are public policies. Moderation and soft support for the president become moderation a soft support for critical values and goals.

  • Mr. Bean Springville, UT
    May 25, 2019 9:09 p.m.

    "However the bottom line for me is his outright juvenile behavior and statements."

    Trump is business man... not a politician. He believes in getting things done not kow-towing to the public.

    "His behavior is terribly juvenile and divisive at a time when we need leadership that will unite us."

    I suppose you think the leaders of the opposing party (i.e., Chuck Shumer and Nancy Pelosi) demonstrate the epitome of admirable leadership.

  • Thomas Paine South Jordan, UT
    May 25, 2019 8:57 p.m.

    Proud of Romney for continuing to take the moral high ground.
    Thank you, Senator for you exemplary service.

  • The Meliorist CA, 00
    May 25, 2019 8:44 p.m.

    Let's see,

    Ann Romney uses social media to uplift and enlighten while Trump uses it to divide and attack.

    Ann has raised millions to support medical research while Trump has hidden his taxes because he likely wants to hide how little he really gave to charity and how he has used the Trump foundation to promote himself.

    Ann has been a faithful spouse and successful parent.

    Ann has fought and endured MS. Trump has faced the incredible limitations of bone spurs.

    She's naturally tanned, she's rested, she's smart and she's ready...

    Ann Romney for President, because hindsight is 2020.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    May 25, 2019 8:41 p.m.

    Mitt Romney on CNN is to be taken seriously? Really?? What a disappointment!

    I am definitely supporting Donald Trump for President in 2020. I certainly don't want a GOP establishment member or a liberal Democrat! The President has my full support.

  • oaklandaforlife Salt Lake City, UT
    May 25, 2019 8:15 p.m.

    Well I'll be darned, Mitt and "other leaders" actually have a spine. Maybe, just maybe, there may be silver lining in the dastardly Utah GOP after all. Times are changing indeed.

  • cdchat5855 Meridian, ID
    May 25, 2019 8:09 p.m.

    Sounds to me according to Mitt and other leaders Utah is becoming Democratic State. I sure hope not.

  • UtahBlueDevil Alpine, UT
    May 25, 2019 6:54 p.m.

    It is only honest to say you don't know, because we don't know who Trump will be running against. To at this point already have made up your mind just shows that a person doesn't take the process seriously and is only voting for a party, rather than a candidate and what they stand for.

    How in the world could someone have decided who they will endorse at this point. Its like saying you've decided what your going to order without even seeing the menu. Crazy people today... and a stupid question by the reported.

    Way premature to be asking those questions.

  • The Great Helmsman Salt Lake City, UT
    May 25, 2019 6:35 p.m.

    Glorious Leader must be defended at all cost. For the good of the Party, backsliders like Romney must be purged. The career politicians, globalists and their media hacks need to be identified and eliminated from the Party to preserve the New Greater America.

    Those who disobey Glorious Leader will not be re-elected, regardless of Party.

  • silo Sandy, UT
    May 25, 2019 6:36 p.m.

    @red smith
    "Never a negative word about Hillary or Obama from Mitt"

    Neither Hillary nor Obama are running for President in 2020, and Romney has said nothing false about Trump.

  • Palmetto Bug Columbia, SC
    May 25, 2019 6:26 p.m.

    I will never support a politician just because s/he belongs or doesn’t belong to a specific party and I applaud politicians who place country over party.

    President Trump has made good and bad policy decisions but those choices are largely made by advisors and would be similar under most republican presidents. The president has failed in moral and ethical leadership which are in many ways more important parts of his job since no one else can fill those voids when he falls short. A large portion of Americans are embarrassed by the president and he’s a joke around the world. If we want the US to lead the world we need a leader who can actually lead the nation.

    I wish the president would announce we won’t seek re-election to allow for a real leader to run in his place (I’m not comfortable with the democratic candidates either).

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    May 25, 2019 6:18 p.m.

    The man in the White House has been a self-promoting confidence man all his adult life. He seems incapable of telling the truth. That Utah Republicans support him at any level is far beyond my understanding.

  • Sion Knoxville, TN
    May 25, 2019 6:16 p.m.

    #disappointed again with Mitt

  • Back Talk Federal Way, WA
    May 25, 2019 6:15 p.m.

    I think it is time for Romney to seriously consider resigning.

    Romney is a political loser in that he cant advance a Republican agenda. For the majority of Utah who voted for him, that goes against their wishes. If he cant support a Republican candidate who was illegally targeted by the leaders of the FBI and CIA to prevent his election and later on to falsely obstruct his administration, then you belong with the Democrats.

    Trumps re-election really will be the turning point for this great country. A world class fall will occur if he loses and we adopt everything the Dems represent.

  • Dukester VANCOUVER, WA
    May 25, 2019 6:08 p.m.

    Mitt and Mia. Mia decided to do her own thing and move ahead without Trump support. She is now out of the picture. Mitt is following the same path. I wonder if he will end up the same as Mia. I hope so!

  • Red Smith , 00
    May 25, 2019 5:38 p.m.

    Never a negative word about Hillary or Obama from Mitt, just chronic Trump bashing.

    Who does Mitt think he is sitting in moral judgement on Trump. Mitt is not God. Like Saul of Tarsus who became a great man, Trump is a changed man doing a great work - a man raised up for our times.

    May God continue to bless and protect President Trump.

  • MOMS Salt Lake City, UT
    May 25, 2019 5:29 p.m.

    These NeverTrump "Republicans" can continue to hold their breath.
    It's not his policies or his economy or his judges they don't like. It's his style. He's not like the Boston Brahmins, and neither am I.

  • Yuge Opportunity Here Mapleton, UT
    May 25, 2019 5:23 p.m.

    Romney figured out long ago that if you want national press attention, slam Trump. They eat it up. Here is a former candidate, GOP senator from red state Utah...and he doesn't like what Trump is doing.

    So, they run the cameras and put him on the Sunday shows. Mitt loves the national attention.

    These stories aren't about Trump; they are about Mitt.

    Romney has yet to figure out that America doesn't want Jeb. The GOP will lose with the establishment candidates. Mitt is stuck in the old Karl Rove model.

  • Sal Provo, UT
    May 25, 2019 5:15 p.m.

    Pres. Trump reminds me of the Book of Mormon king, Moriantum, who did justice unto the people but not unto himself. I'll vote for Trump again because he defends the life of the unborn, traditional marriage, and religious freedom. He has made a positive economic impact. He's business-friendly.

    I'm disappointed in Romney.

  • Flipphone , 00
    May 25, 2019 5:11 p.m.

    The Utah GOP needs to find someone other than Romney.

  • opinion 47 SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    May 25, 2019 5:09 p.m.

    I supported Mitt Romney and voted him President. I will support Donald Trump and vote him President no matter what Mitt decides to do.

  • Furry1993 MSC, UT
    May 25, 2019 5:08 p.m.

    For the sake of the United States, the State of Utah, and all their people, all of the Utah leaders must stand united against trump and work to repair the damage he is doing to this country and its people. trump is a clar and present danger to us all, and must be resisted and curtailed and curbed at every turn. He is not a "conservative" and, from the evidence in his life, it's clear that he doesn't believe any of that dogma -- he is a conman who is playing on "conservative" dogma to subvert the will of the people. This must not be allowed.

  • DaveWY Gilbert, AZ
    May 25, 2019 4:42 p.m.

    I have voted for a Republican candidate in every election since I could vote nearly since Nixon (I would like a redo on that one) until the last election. I could not and would still not ever vote for Trump. There are actions he has taken as president I support. I like many of the judicial nominations hehas made. Unlike his predecessor, I know he supports our law enforcement and military.
    However the bottom line for me is his outright juvenile behavior and statements. His behavior is terribly juvenile and divisive at a time when we need leadership that will unite us. He acts like a junior high bully. We deserve better than this in our nation's highest office. It is precisely the right question to ask "young people as well as people around the world look at the president of the United States and say, 'Does he exhibit the kind of qualities that we would want to emulate".
    For me the answer is a resounding "NO WAY"

  • Alfred Springville, UT
    May 25, 2019 4:28 p.m.

    Come on Mitt (and others). If you're Republican, support the president. Or explain why you don't.

  • Sore loser Oakland, CA
    May 25, 2019 4:28 p.m.

    Trump has a tough job going up against the left wing media and politicians who are out to get him and don’t like that he pushes back against them. He probably would do better without Romney’s support anyway, it would get the evangelicals motivated.

  • matman Provo, UT
    May 25, 2019 4:24 p.m.

    Well we're ready to endorse Mr. President. Glad Romney wasn't selected President.

  • Robroy Salt Lake City, UT
    May 25, 2019 4:23 p.m.

    Absolutely pathetic Mr. Romney, but not surprising. I heard you were backing AOC.