Mitt Romney, a Republican senator from Utah, said he won’t run for re-election in 2024. He also harshly criticized many of his fellow Republicans and also former President Trump.
Romney posted a video about the news on his social media account this week.
“The next group of leaders needs to lead the U.S. to the next level of world leadership.” Romney said, “Even though I’m not running for office again, I’m not giving up the fight.”
The 76-year-old also used this occasion to criticize leaders who refuse to step down from office even though they are very old.
“At the end of an additional term, I would be in my mid-80s,” Romney stated. “To tell you the truth, it’s time for a new group of leaders. They are the ones who need to be making the choices that will shape the world that they will live in.”
Romney talked about what he had done in the U.S. Senate and in Utah before criticizing both President Biden along with President Donald Trump for what he thought were poor answers to China, the national debt, and the issue of climate change.
Romney was appointed to the U.S. Senate in 2018. In 2012, he ran for president but lost to Barack Obama, who was president at the time. In both of President Trump’s impeachment cases, he ended up being the only Republican senator to vote to remove him from office.
During a press conference after the declaration, he asked both Biden and Trump to step down so that someone else could run the country.
In talks he did for The Atlantic, he also said harsh things about the Republican Party in the age of Trump. Romney criticized many Republicans for quietly criticizing Trump but openly defending him in order to keep their political power. In one quote, he said that he thought a lot of party members had no confidence in the Constitution.
Romney said at the end of his video, “It is a great honor to serve Utah and the nation as a whole, and I appreciate the chance to do so.”
Trump was happy about what Romney said and made fun of him in a post on Truth Social.