February 6, 2020 at 4:30 PM EST
White House sends anti-Romney talking points to surrogates
By Colby Itkowitz and Ashley Parker
If there was any doubt that Trump would go after Romney for voting to remove him from office, a White House memo to surrogates removed it.
Trump’s team provided the people who speak on the president’s behalf to the media and to voters a list of talking points to attack Romney.
“Yesterday, Mitt Romney threw aside principles to seek adulation and validation from the far-left and liberal echelons of the establishment media,” the White House wrote.
The memo pointed to Romney’s acceptance of Trump’s endorsement in 2012 and his supposed desire to be Trump’s secretary of state.
The White House also included press articles from the 2012 presidential campaign critical of Romney and encouraged its surrogates to say that the media has now “anointed Romney a resistance darling” because it hates Trump.
But Democrats from red states are spinning Romney’s vote another way. Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) noted that Romney’s vote may have provided him some cover for Jones’s tough reelection campaign this year.
“There are people that are not happy with that vote, but at the same time, Alabama is a state that believes in right and wrong,” Jones said, according to CNN’s Jake Tapper. “Alabama voted pretty heavily for Mitt Romney, too.”