Isn’t it strange how quickly the media can turn on a particular issue or even a person? One minute someone is a hero, an all-American, and a great businessman. And yet in just a few hours, weeks, or even years, that same person is suddenly a racist, a bigot, and downright abusive human being.
For President Donald Trump, the change was quick and absolute, with no turning back. The very minute he announced his candidacy for president in 2015, he became an object of ire for the left and all who stood with them. No longer was he an ingenious business giant with the guts to do what was needed. Now and forever, he will be seen as the enemy, plain and simple.
The change for Senator and former 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney has happened rather quickly as well. Only it is in reverse.
When Mitt announced his candidacy for the 2012 race against President Barack Obama, he, like Trump, become someone the left could hate. They drummed up all sorts of stories about him, painting in a less than favorable light.
And yet it seems his luck with the media has suddenly changed as of late.
He now has a “wholesomeness” and “old-fashioned civic starchiness” that remind us of the late and great days of the GOP, of a simpler and less “vulgar” time, as The Atlantic’s McKay Coppins wrote. Even his newfound “secret identity” as Pierre Delecto can rain on the parade the left is throwing for him.
Because he is officially Never Trumper #1.
Since his return to politics and the senate in January, the Utah congressman has made it quite apparent that he is not a fan of the president. And his actions in Congress, if nothing else, prove that. He has consistently fought Trump on several issues, putting himself squarely on any side that opposes our leader.
In addition, he has begun to lash out at the president via the press, Twitter, and other social media platforms. He has even insinuated that if Trump is re-elected, he may leave the Republican Party, as he could no longer in good faith agree with the direction it is heading.
And this has earned him the full respect of the progressive left who is now putting him up a pedestal for all to see. While he may still currently be a Republican, he is someone they can show off as an example of what a real right-winger should look like, as opposed to Trump. As if they would even know. They want us to believe that secretly they admire Romney and his type, even if they don’t agree wholeheartedly with him on all issues.
So does that mean that we are just supposed to forget about all the things they said about him a mere seven years ago? Seven years ago, his “47 percent” was seen as just as racist as Trump is.
After all, he was the white Republican trying to take the White House from America’s first black President. It seemed that every time he spoke out against Obama, it was somehow deemed as racist. As Alex Kane’s “Nine most racist moments of the 2012 election” pointed out, “Romney has been touring the country and spouting this totally false talking point: that President Obama has gutted the work requirement by President Clinton’s welfare reform.”
But according to others, his lies about the entitlement programs were not the only thing racist. Even talking about them, or Obama’s birthplace made him and entire campaign racist.
He was also labeled as a dog-abuser during his 2012 campaign. It found out that nearly 30 years before his presidential race, Romney put the family dog in a specially designed dog carrier that was attached to the roof of his car for a trip to Canada. But the media turned that as well.
HuffPost wrote, “When Mitt Romney strapped his Irish setter to the roof of his car is 1983 and drove all the way to Canada as the dog defecated in fear, he couldn’t have guessed his decision would follow him for decades…”
He was “unconcerned” about human life as well. In 2012, Politico reported that a woman died after not being able to receive healthcare because Romney and Bain shut down a plant and cost her husband his job.
Now, however, in “more vulgar times, there is a certain appeal to the senator’s wholesomeness.”
What? Talk about hypocritical.