Boy, was he right. And then some.
The entire weight of the pro-Trump media machine crashed down on the Utah senator after he voted to convict President Donald Trump on one of two articles of impeachment that failed in the Senate Wednesday. Fox News hosts bashed him as a RINO (Republican in name only) and called on him to resign, former allies turned on him online, and political candidates from his home state and elsewhere began advertising against him almost immediately.
It showed in real time how the Republican Party that Romney once led has been swallowed by a Trumpian blob of content spread across cable TV, social platforms, and digital outlets.
“Clearly, losing a presidential election ruins people,” Fox News host Sean Hannity said. “The difference between him and Donald Trump is Donald Trump fought every single day, was tough, and tough enough to win.”
Romney never fully won over the populist personalities in the Fox universe during his failed bid for the White House in 2012. And his decision to shirk their lockstep opposition to impeachment reopened those wounds.
Fellow primetime host Laura Ingraham referred to Romney as “the ultimate selfish, preening, self-centered politician.” Tucker Carlson wouldn’t even say his name. And Lou Dobbs, the Fox Business host who embodies the cult of personality around Trump, compared him to the big three of historical traitors: Benedict Arnold, Brutus, and Judas.
As for Romney’s explanation — that his conscience and faith guided the vote — “Fox & Friends” host Brian Kilmeade panned it.