Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) has criticized Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL), a potential contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024. His criticisms are laid out in what looks to be a tell-all biography, “Romney: A Reckoning,” as previewed by Thursday’s edition of POLITICO Playbook. “There’s just no warmth at all,” read one excerpt regarding Romney’s thoughts on DeSantis, as he also shared his view that DeSantis “looks like he’s got a toothache” when it comes to posing for selfies with voters in Iowa.
In another part of the book, Romney said that DeSantis is “much smarter than Trump,” but still went on to throw around dramatic language such as “authoritarian.”
“You might point out, ‘Mitt, DeSantis is real smart–do you want an authoritarian who’s smart or one who’s not smart?’ … I realize there’s a peril to having someone who’s smart and pulling in a direction that’s dangerous,” Romney offered.
Romney also shares criticism for Sen. JD Vance (R-OH), former Vice President Mike Pence, former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR), former Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA), former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), former Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX), former Gov. John Kasich (R-OH).
People have such strong negative feelings about Romney, that he may just have endorsed DeSantis in a way.
Romney, 76, is himself retiring. He made the announcement last month that he would not be running for reelection in the Senate.
The feud between Romney and DeSantis is also a preview of the potential 2024 Republican presidential primary. If DeSantis decides to run for president, he is likely to face opposition from Romney and other moderate Republicans.
People on social media responded in droves to Romney’s attack on Gov. DeSantis. Take a look at these highly charged post for even more insight into this building feud between these GOP leaders:
Mitt Romney is a childish, petty, vindictive, and broken man. 1) Mitt Romney does not get to assess ANYONE's warmth. 2) DeSantis is an authoritarian? That's just stupid. 3) Reminder that Mitt Romney marched with Hamas-loving BLM. pic.twitter.com/EoBXBtWKI4
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) October 19, 2023
From @playbookdc, another preview of the new Mitt Romney biography, in which Romney, consumed with old resentments, appears to dump on everyone who ever ran against him. https://t.co/0eYO0y1Ekt pic.twitter.com/M7DoHf3Z3q
— Byron York (@ByronYork) October 19, 2023
— DeSantis War Room (@DeSantisWarRoom) October 19, 2023