FAMILY FEUD: Romney’s niece upbraids her uncle over anti-Trump op-ed

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Republican Party’s Trump-era divisions don’t appear close to a resolution as a new Congress prepares to be seated on Thursday.

On New Year’s Day, U.S. Senator-elect Mitt Romney (R-Utah), the party’s 2012 presidential nominee, penned an op-ed in The Washington Post declaring that the President’s “character falls short”:

“I look forward to working on these priorities with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and other senators.

Furthermore, I will act as I would with any president, in or out of my party: I will support policies that I believe are in the best interest of the country and my state, and oppose those that are not. I do not intend to comment on every tweet or fault. But I will speak out against significant statements or actions that are divisive, racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, dishonest or destructive to democratic institutions.”

Romney’s anti-Trump sentiments aren’t anything news, but his especially strong rebuke of Trump on the eve of a new Congress drew criticism from many Republicans and conservatives both inside and outside of the Beltway including his own niece:


McDaniel is the granddaughter of two-term Michigan Governor and Nixon-era Cabinet member George W. Romney and therefore Romney’s niece.

The President weighed in, too, via his favorite platform: