The former governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney gave a perfect illustration of the difference between him and Donald Trump this weekend.
The Utah GOP Senate Candidate had this to say about the press:
Republican Senate candidate and former presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Thursday defended the media “as essential to our Republic,” breaking with President Trump, who has called the press “the enemy of the people.”
“I cannot conceive of thinking or saying that the media or any responsible news organization is an enemy. The media is essential to our Republic, to our freedom, to the cause of freedom abroad, and to our national security. It is very much our friend,” Romney wrote in a blog post on his campaign website.
The good folks at twitchy decided to give him a refresher course on just a single issue, the Romney Dog story:
Honestly, we just Googled “Mitt Romney dog car” and instantly found stories from the Washington Post, the New York Times, NPR, the New York Daily News, TIME (“Romney’s Cruel Canine Vacation”), the Toronto Star, Slate, the Huffington Post, Forbes, The Hill, ABC News (“Dog on Roof? What Was It Like for Romney’s Pooch?”), the Daily Beast, the Boston Globe (“What Our Fascination About Mitt Romney’s Dog Says About Our Culture”), the Seattle Times, the Christian Science Monitor, Jezebel, the Texas Observer (“Romney’s Dog Story Will Make You Hit the Roof”), the Daily Mail …
You’ll notice one of those stories is at The Hill where that initial quote above came from. I did a search of “Romney Dog” at The Hill and found from the election season:
Romney regrets putting dog on the roof of the car
Mitt Romney’s dog rides on the roof, while his Cadillacs ride the elevator in his mansion!
Protesters at Westminster dog show criticize Romney’s treatment of pet pooch
That’s 13 count them 13 hit pieces on the Dog on the roof story alone, and that’s from a single mainstream media site.
Now let’s look at Donald Trump’s response to Axios on this issue of the press
In an interview to be aired Sunday on HBO, Donald Trump admits to Axios that he doesn’t really consider the media the “true enemy of the people,” but says that’s the “only way of fighting back” he has against false reports. If the media would report fairly, Trump tells the agitated interviewer, he’d be the “nicest president” ever.
When pressed, Trump denies that anyone has advised him to tone it down. “Hey, I’m here!” Trump exclaims. “It got me here!” It’s the same basic “Romney didn’t win, did he?” that Reid offered up when confronted over his smear tactics against Mitt Romney:
There’s a reason why Donald Trump is President and Mitt Romney path to the US Senate was not the state that he governed and imposed Romneycare on but the safest possible seat in the nation for the GOP in general and for him in particular. As a person on twitter noted
If the lessons of Harry Reid’s tax claim, Seamus on the roof, binders full of women, Joe Soptic’s wife, and “moderator” Candy Crowley can’t educate him, then nothing ever will………..
— djm1992 (@djm1992a) November 1, 2018
Or to put it another way. More importantly there is a reason why President Donald Trump is sought after by candidates in key races across the nation to appear with them drawing thousands of folks in nationwide rallies streamed everywhere while Mitt Romney a former GOP presidential candidate in a safe race is practically invisible
Which one would YOU want on your side?