Senator Mitt Romney has compared former President Donald Trump to an “aging pitcher” on the mound.
He urged Republicans to pick a “different pitcher,” citing the GOP’s lackluster midterm results.
Romney blamed Trump for the GOP’s performance, calling him an “albatross” on election prospects.
Senator Mitt Romney of Utah said former President Donald Trump was “like the aging pitcher who keeps losing games,” blaming him for the GOP’s muted midterm performance and warning against his support in a possible 2024 presidential race.
“I think President Trump was an albatross on the electoral prospects of some of our candidates,” Romney told MSNBC’s Saul Kapur. “He helped select some of the people who turned out not to be very effective candidates.”
A recording of Romney’s comments aired Monday night on “All In with Chris Hayes” from MSNBC.
“I understand he’s going to run for president and announce it tomorrow. It’s like the aging pitcher who keeps losing games,” Romney added.
“If we’re going to win, we need a different pitcher on the mound,” he said. “And I know there are fans who love him, but it’s time for him to come off the mound, because we have a very good bench.”
The senator has been fiercely critical of Trump since the 2016 election, calling it a “fraud” and saying he was “playing members of the American public for suckers”.
Romney voted to convict Trump in the two impeachment trials of the then president.
In May he said it’s likely that Trump would easily become the Republican presidential nominee of 2024 should he run. Trump did not declare a presidential campaign, although he said he would make a “big announcement” on Nov. 15.
Romney’s recent comments come as various corners of the Republican Party blame each other for this year’s lackluster GOP midterm results.
On Monday night, Democrats maintained a majority in the Senate and are still contesting control of the House – a disappointing result for Republican leaders who previously believed in a “red wave” of GOP votes would sweep the United States.
On the other hand, Trump himself has been the target of criticism Republican analysts, pundits and now leaders like Romney for its apparent effect on voters.
While 93% of Trump-backed candidates won their primaries, the former president’s endorsement pass rate fell to 80% in the general election, according to Ballotpedia data. Several high-profile candidates he backed lost to Democratic opponents, including Senate candidates Blake Masters in Arizona and Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania, as well as Tudor Dixonwho ran for Governor of Michigan.
Notably, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was re-elected by a margin of 20 percentage points despite Trump’s attempts to undermine it the previous week. The former president had publicly mocked DeSantis with the nickname “Ron DeSanctimonious,” and held a rally in Florida that competed with DeSantis campaign events on a crucial Sunday before the midterms.
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