Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney made a confident prediction Thursday that President Donald Trump will “solidly” win his 2020 presidential reelection bid.
Besides predicting Trump’s second term, Romney – who is a candidate for one of Utah’s seats in the United States Senate to replace Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) after he retires at year’s end – also assured that the president would easily gain the nomination for the Republican Party in 2020.
Count Trump in …
Losing his own bids for president in 2012 and 2008 before deciding to sit out the 2016 contest, Romney is reentering politics and told a group of heavyweight GOP donors Thursday night that he foresaw few to no problems for Trump recapturing voters’ support in a couple years.
“I think President Trump will be re-nominated by my party easily, and I think he’ll be reelected solidly,” Romney expressed, according to Politico.
Good reasons for the prediction were given to Republican attendees by Romney – who butted heads with Trump during the 2016 campaign season, when the former Massachusetts governor frequently urged Republicans from the sidelines to nominate another presidential candidate for the GOP.
“I think that not just because of the strong economy – and because people are increasingly seeing rising wages – but I think it’s also true because I think our Democrat friends are likely to nominate someone who is really out of the mainstream of American thought and will make it easier for a president who is presiding over a growing economy,” the prospective Utah senator offered in defense of his bold forecast.
From bucking, to balking, to backscratching …
This assurance of victory comes as a surprise to many, especially since Romney did not cast his ballot for Trump in November 2016 … but it appears that his future vote will support the sitting president, come November 2020.
“Romney was a vocal critic of Trump during the 2016 presidential primaries, urging Americans to vote for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, (R-Texas),” Fox News recounted. “The former governor also recently revealed he didn’t cast his November vote for Trump, choosing instead to write in his wife Anne’s name.”
Despite his convicted vote of confidence for Trump’s reelection, Romney is still not fully in the vocal president’s corner at ringside.
“This seems like it’s more of an observation than an endorsement,” TheBlaze reported. “While Romney has eased up on his criticism of the president in the past year – and Trump endorsed Romney for his likely Senate seat – he still has not come out as pro-Trump.”
In fact, just last month – even though the former Republican governor has repeatedly praised Trump’s early accomplishments as president while engaged in his won run for the Senate – he told the mainstream media that he is not on board with the president’s way of handling matters from the Oval Office.
“[I wouldn’t] point to the president as a role model for my grandkids on the basis of his personal style,” Romney told NBC News in an interview on May 28, according to Politico. “He has departed in some cases from the truth and has attacked in a way that I think is not entirely appropriate.”
But the Mormon politician has also managed to give Trump accolades of late.
“I believe his policies have been – by and large – a good deal better than I might have expected,” Romney admitted, as reported by TheBlaze.
A seeming reconciliation between the two was made shortly after Trump shocked and defeated his favored rival for the White House – former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
“After the 2016 race, the relationship between Trump and Romney warmed somewhat, with the president-elect briefly considering Romney to serve as his secretary of state before ultimately picking ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson,” Politico’s Alex Isenstadt recalled.
But Trump’s flagging support for Romney became evident months ago when he did not appear too excited about Romney taking Hatch’s place in the Senate – even though he ended up backing the establishment Republican.
“Earlier this year, Trump waged an unsuccessful bid to persuade longtime Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch to seek reelection and block Romney,” Isenstadt added. “After Hatch announced that he wouldn’t seek reelection, the president endorsed Romney for the seat.”
Regardless of the back-and-forth, Trump made up his mind this winter to back Romney wholeheartedly.
“The two rivals have appeared to embrace each other, with the president giving his ‘full support’ for Romney’s Senate candidacy in February,” Fox News’ Stephen Sorace noted. “The 71-year-old Romney is favored to win Utah's GOP nomination in a runoff on June 26 against state Rep. Mike Kennedy – with whom he sparred at a debate last week.”
Summing things up at the summit
Romney’s overall bullish 2020 forecast for the Republican Party came during a regularly scheduled bipartisan event he uses to bolster the morale of influential movers and shakers in America – from both the business and political world – and ignite confidence in the direction in which the GOP is headed.
“Romney made these [pro-Trump] comments at his annual E2 Summit,” TheBlaze’s Mike Ciandella noted. “Romney uses the summit to bring together people that he sees as ‘Experts and Enthusiasts’ from both parties.”
In addition to short-term White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci and big-time investor Stephen Schwarzman showing up in attendance, a number of highly recognized personalities are reportedly attending the Romney-sponsored event.
“Other dignitaries expected to appear at the three-day Utah Technology Innovation Summit include House Speaker Paul Ryan, billionaire former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg [the 10th wealthiest person on the planet], and U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), in addition to actor [and comedian] Seth Rogen, former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and former Domino's Pizza CEO Patrick Doyle,” Sorace noted.
Romney ventured more predictions at the meeting in lieu of the upcoming 2018 midterm elections, insisting that the Republican Party would hold on its control in both chambers in Congress – an projection that flies in the face of Democrats’ assurance that a “blue wave” is about to strike America in November.
“I think that growth and the higher incomes people are seeing means that Republicans will do just fine in November,” Romney proclaimed to summit attendees, according to Politico. “I think we will hold the House, I think we’ll hold the Senate. I know a lot of pundits don’t believe that. I think we will.”