Senator Mitt Romney, a vocal Trump critic, said that President Trump’s continuing effort to challenge the November election results is both “sad” and “embarrassing.”
“I understand the president is casting about trying to find some way to have a different result than the one that was delivered by the American people. But it’s really sad in a lot of respects, and embarrassing,” Romney told CNN’s “State of the Union,” host Jake Tapper.
Tapper then asked Romney about reports that Trump discussed using martial law.
As reported on Saturday, The New York Times wrote that Trump asked his team about the martial law idea during a private meeting. However, President Trump instantly dismissed the report, tweeting: “Martial law = Fake News. Just more knowingly bad reporting!” Tapper called the idea “deranged.”
“Well, it’s not going to happen. That’s going nowhere,” Romney said of the reports.
The NYT also reported that Trump on Friday discussed naming Sydney Powell to a special counsel position investigating election fraud allegations.
On Sunday, Romney stressed that Trump could be focusing on successes battling the coronavirus. The U.S. recently green-lit two vaccines against the virus.
“He could be going out and championing this extraordinary success,” said Romney, who once interviewed for a job in Trump’s administration but has emerged as one of the president’s most vocal critics.
“And instead he’s leaving Washington with a whole series of conspiracy theories and things that are so loopy and nutty that people are shaking their head and wondering, ‘What in the world has gotten into this man?’” the Utah senator continued. “And I think that’s unfortunate because he has more accomplishments than this last chapter suggests he’s going to be known for.”