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Sen. Romney Did Not Vote for Trump

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Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah (AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 21 October 2020 03:29 PM

While his office would not say he had voted for Democrat Joe Biden, never Trumper Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, voted early and did not vote for President Donald Trump, according to The Hill.

Romney has had an up-and-down – almost exclusively down save for his failed campaign to be the Trump administration secretary of state – relationship with the president.

Romney wrote in a statement last week about Trump not denouncing conspiracy theorist QAnon, per The Hill:

"The president's unwillingness to denounce an absurd and dangerous conspiracy theory last night continues an alarming pattern: politicians and parties refuse to forcefully and convincingly repudiate groups like antifa, white supremacists, and conspiracy peddlers."

Romney called on "leaders of all stripes" to "tone it down," warning that the high-pitched, election-season rhetoric and attacks will lead to "dangerous action" from their followers.

Romney called out both Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, in a statement declaring that politics have "moved away from spirited debate to a vile, vituperative, hate-filled morass that is unbecoming of any free nation."

Romney cites Trump's comments calling Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Biden's running mate, a "monster" and Pelosi "crazy," among other things.

He charges Democrats, too, "launch blistering attacks," though he offers fewer examples: Only the moment Pelosi ripped up Trump's State of the Union Speech and a recent video by Keith Olbermann, a progressive political and sports commentator, calling Trump a "terrorist." And Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, gives a pass to Biden, who he says "refuses to stoop as low as others."

Romney has said previously he will not be voting for Trump this fall, but has not said if he supports Biden for president. The moderate Republican has been a frequent critic of Trump and breaks with his party at times on key votes.

Romney goes on to warn the "rabid attacks kindle the conspiracy mongers and the haters who take the small and predictable step from intemperate word to dangerous action," adding it is "time to lower the heat."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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While his office would not say he had voted for Democrat Joe Biden, never Trumper Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, voted early and did not vote for President Donald Trump, according to The Hill.
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