Former President Donald Trump is praising the Democrats' "admirable" unity, while accusing Republicans like Sens. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, and Ben Sasse, R-Neb., both of whom voted to convict him at his second impeachment trial, of splitting the party.
"The Democrats, you never see a Mitt Romney going rogue, which you see him all the time, or a little Ben Sasse of Nebraska, great state, great people. How this guy even represents them is just crazy," Trump told Fox News' Steve Hilton, host of "The Next Revolution," in an interview airing after his Conservative Political Action Conference speech Sunday night.
Romney, he added, "wanted my endorsement so badly. The moment he got through the primaries with my endorsement, he goes rogue, which is sort of expected, frankly. You've got to know your customer."
During his CPAC speech, Trump slammed Republicans who he said won't fight against Democrats, including Romney and Sasse, along with Sens. "Richard Burr, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Pat Toomey" and in the House, Reps. "Tom Rice, Adam Kinzinger, Dan Newhouse, Anthony Gonzalez ... and of course, the warmonger, a person who loves seeing our troops fighting, Liz Cheney."
He later told Hilton that he wants Republicans to put their differences aside before the 2022 midterm elections, and praised Democrats for "sticking together."
"The Democrats, they're smart, they're vicious, very vicious. What they say and what they do is just terrible," said Trump," but still, they "stick together" rather than have divisions.
"What they don't have is good policies, they have horrible policy. ... So they are vicious and smart and they stick together, but they have horrible policies, and the policy really more than makes up for it," said Trump. "We're going to have a tremendous success."
Trump also told Hilton that any claims that he is planning a presidential campaign as a third-party candidate are "fake news" and that he'll back Republicans in the midterm elections. He added that he is gauging public opinion before deciding if he'll seek reelection.
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