On Sunday, Mitt Romney discussed President Donald Trump’s reaction to his expected loss in the presidential elections. In a conversation with CNN station Jake Tapper on the state of the Union, the Utah Senator acknowledged how Trump’s allegations of electoral fraud and related legal proceedings, supported by his re-election campaign, are helping to undermine civil society processes and, by extension, American democracy.
Romney, a former Republican presidential candidate, suggested, however, that Trump would ultimately “accept the inevitable” once all options to challenge Joe Biden’s victory had been pursued.
“You will apparently not change the nature of President Trump in these last days of his presidency. He is who he is, and he has a relatively relaxed relationship with the truth,” Romney said. “And so he will continue to fight to the end.”
“But I am convinced that he will accept the inevitable when all means are exhausted, when they are exhausted in a way that is unfavorable to him,” the senator continued. “But do not expect him to go quietly in the night. He does not work that way.”
Senator Mitt Romney commented on President Trump’s unsubstantiated election fraud allegations: “He has a relatively relaxed relationship with the truth. … I am convinced that he will accept the inevitable if all legal remedies are exhausted, if they are exhausted in a way that is unfavorable to him” pic.twitter.com/u1A9Im2AHV
– CNN Policy (@CNN Policy) November 8, 2020
Romney went on to describe Trump’s false allegations of electoral fraud and corruption on the part of the Democrats as “destructive to the cause of democracy. His remarks joined the criticism of many-including other Republican personalities-who criticized the President’s attempts to invalidate votes that Biden supported and spread inaccurate information about the U.S. electoral system, as well as those charged with overseeing the electoral system.
Since the polls closed on Tuesday, Trump has prematurely declared himself the winner of the election, claimed that some votes were cast illegally when they were not, and initiated several lawsuits aimed at stopping the counting of votes in several swing states. The president has been trying for months to cast a negative light on the postal vote, although there is no evidence to support his view.
While election workers continued to collect and tabulate ballots – many of which they received by mail – and in light of the nationwide increase in the use of postal voting during the coronavirus pandemic in the days after November 3, a handful of states where initial reports indicated that Trump had taken the lead began to shift toward Biden. In return, the president unleashed a flood of unsubstantiated allegations of unlawful electoral practices and went so far as to accuse the Democrats of trying to “steal” the presidency.
On Saturday, the Associated Press named Biden as the likely winner of the election.
Romney said in his Sunday morning remarks that he would “rather see a more graceful exit” from Trump, but noted during his conversation with Tapper that this was “simply not in the nature of the man. The Senator did not vote for Trump in 2016, nor did he cast a ballot to support the president’s re-election that year.
After the AP called Biden’s victory a bid, Romney congratulated President-Elect and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris in a message sent to Twitter.
Ann and I congratulate President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris. We know both of them as people of good will and admirable character. We pray that God will bless them in the days and years to come.
– Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) November 7, 2020
“We know them both as people of good will and admirable character,” Romney wrote, delivering the solemn message on his behalf and on behalf of his wife, Ann Romney.
Washington Newsday turned to Romney’s office for further comments, but did not receive a response in time for publication.
Updated 10:42 PM ET, with additional information….