Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich Wednesday questioned why incoming Utah Sen. Mitt Romney felt the need to "carve out" a stance against President Donald Trump, saying the one-time GOP presidential nominee's scathing column in The Washington Post will likely backfire on him.
"I can't figure out why, strategically, he thought that was helpful to him," Gingrich told Fox News' "Fox and Friends."
"I think Romney would like to be president now. Stylistically, they're so different. I suspect every morning when Romney gets up he gets angry, just because Trump is so different than he is."
In his article, Romney questioned Trump's conduct in office, especially his actions over the past month, and said that it proved evidence that "the president has not risen to the mantle of the office."
There were many things Romney could have written about while entering the Senate, said Gingrich, including the government shutdown or even Sen. Elizabeth Warren's decision to run for president, given she is from Massachusetts, a state where Romney once served as governor.
He also pointed out that Romney may have a history as a political powerhouse, including his 2012 presidential nomination, but as the Senate "does not care who you used to be," Romney will need to prove himself as a freshman member.
"He needs to learn how the Senate works," said Gingrich. "He'll just plain lose. You can't take Trump on in his own party. It's not possible."
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