Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) criticizes both sides of the political spectrum in an Op-Ed for the Atlantic, claiming that America is missing the bigger picture.
What explains the casual disregard for potentially catastrophic threats? In the article titled “America Is in Denial,” Romney is questions.
In recent years, the senator — who was the 2012 Republican presidential candidate—has drawn attention for his criticisms of former President Donald Trump, including a vote to convict Trump in 2020 in the wake of the riots on January 6th.
But Romneys article was less concerned with Trump and more with the differences in American domestic politics.
The Senator continued, “The left thinks the right is at fault for ignoring climate change and the attacks on our political system. The right thinks the left is the problem for ignoring illegal immigration and the national debt.”
Regardless of political affiliation, Romney claimed that everyone in the nation is “in denial.”
In essence, the senator is pleading with Americans to recognize the real issues that our nation is facing, saying that “when entire countries fail to confront serious challenges, it doesn’t end well.”
According to Romney, Americans have been acting with “limited consequences” and viewing the world through “rose-colored glasses.”
“If we continue to ignore the real threats we face, America will inevitably suffer serious consequences,” wrote Romney.
The senator then talked about President Joe Biden, who, in his opinion, is a genuinely good man,” but who hasn’t yet been able to “break through our national malady of denial, deceit, and distrust.”
By stating that “a return of Donald Trump would feed the sickness, probably rendering it incurable,” Romney also examines the opposing viewpoint.
After voting twice to impeach the former president, Romney has come under fire from Republicans who support Trump, who claim that the senator is an enemy of the president.
Trump is reportedly planning to announce his 2024 presidential campaign earlier than usual, according to a New York Times report from earlier this week. A Harvard-Harris poll conducted in the meantime found that 61 percent of Americans think Trump shouldn’t run for office again.
Romney continued, saying Congress is particularly disappointing, claiming that representatives rarely stand up for what’s right. “Too often, Washington demonstrates the maxim that for evil to thrive only requires good men to do nothing.”
“I hope for a president who can rise above the din to unite us behind the truth,” said.