WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump began his week Monday by making fun of Republican foe Mitt Romney for participating in a Black Lives Matter protest march on Sunday.
“Tremendous sincerity, what a guy,” Trump said in a morning tweet. “Hard to believe, with this kind of political talent, his numbers would ‘tank’ so badly in Utah!”
The president – who actually has worse polling numbers than the 2012 GOP presidential nominee – remains angry that Romney was the only Republican senator to vote to convict him on impeachment charges.
The two have long had a contentious relationship, even though Trump interviewed Romney for the secretary of state right after the 2016 presidential election.
The latest jab from Trump come as he takes criticism over his reactions to the nationwide protests of the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer who held his knee on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds.
The president has repeatedly called for “law and order,” and at one point considered calling in the U.S. military to quell disturbances in many American cities. His rhetoric and actions – including a walk to a nearby church that required police to forcefully clear demonstrators from Lafayette Park – has drawn criticism from Republican senators, including Romney.
Romney, who marched with a Christian group during demonstrations Sunday in Washington, D.C., told NBC News it was important to him to be at the protest because “we need a voice against racism. We need many voices against racism and against brutality … We need to stand up and say Black Lives Matter.”
Romney’s numbers are better in Utah are better than Trump’s are nationally. A total of 56% of Utah voters either “strongly” or “somewhat” approve Romney’s performance, according to a UtahPolicy.com/KUTV 2News poll released last week.
A number of polls who Trump with approval ratings of less than 50%. Surveys also show him trailing presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden in the presidential election set for November.