Despite their public detente, it’s no secret President Trump and Mitt Romney aren’t the best of friends.
After Romney attempted to torpedo Trump’s GOP nomination last year, Trump hasn’t forgotten.
That might explain why, when Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) — the longest-serving GOP Senator in history — finally signaled his long-awaited retirement, Romney’s rumored bid to replace him was immediately countered by the White House.
Trump and Sen. Mitch McConnell quickly moved to convince Hatch that serving more than a generation still isn’t enough and that he should reconsider his retirement plans…all out of spite for Romney.
But now that has Utah voters in a tizzy, and they may throw him out anyway.
And that would set up a very public battle in which Trump will almost certainly oppose Romney in a very red state.
Here’s more from Redstate…
In the Christmas Day edition of the Salt Lake Tribune, Sen. Orrin Hatch was recognized as Utahn of the Year. While it appears to be complimentary, the honor was actually the exact opposite. As explained in an editorial by the paper, the award goes to “the Utahn who, over the past 12 months, has done the most. Has made the most news. Has had the biggest impact. For good or ill.”
In Hatch’s case, it was for ill, mainly due to his lies about making his current term in office his last and his “utter lack of integrity that rises from his unquenchable thirst for power.”
Almost on cue, Hatch displayed his lack of integrity in a response to the Tribune where he tweeted that it was a “great Christmas honor to be recognized.”
When it was later pointed out to the 83-year-old senator that he wasn’t being praised by the paper, Hatch fired back at the Tribune and claimed that his tweet was sarcasm. As someone who can appreciate good sarcasm, it looks to me like Hatch treated the Tribune the same way he treats legislation.
In other words, he didn’t read the story before voting on it.