Once a leading member of the GOP, Mitt Romney says that Joe Biden was elected president in 2020 to “stop the crazy” and return a sense of normalcy to the country and not creative “transformative” social change.
Romney made the comments during a recent interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” The Utah Republican — who was also the party’s presidential nominee in 2012 — told host Chuck Todd that Biden needed to adhere to his commitment to bridge partisan divisions in the country. Romney’s comments came in the wake of Biden’s fiery voting-rights speech in Atlanta last week.
“President Biden said he was going to try to unite the country,” the senator said. “His comments in Georgia did not suggest he’s trying to pull us back together again.”
He continued, “He’s got to recognize that when he was elected, people were not looking for him to transform America. They were looking to get back to normal. To stop the crazy. And it seems like we’re continuing to see the kinds of policy and promotions that are not accepted by the American people.”
Romney’s comments mirrored the sentiment of Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger of Virginia, who said in November that voters elected Biden not to become the next Franklin D. Roosevelt in pushing for major changes in government but to move away from the tumult of the Trump administration.
Romney, who worked with Biden to pass the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill that was signed into law in November, said the president should push for a “reset” regarding his presidency, arguing that the Democrat had “a bad year.”
The senator pointed to concerns surrounding inflation, the rise in illegal crossings at the US-Mexico border last year, the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, and logistical issues with Americans accessing COVID-19 testing kits in his critique of the administration.
“Things are not going well,” Romney said. “And the president needs to stop and reset and say what is it he’s trying to accomplish.”
He continued: “And if it’s to try and transform America, he is not going to unite us. Bringing us together means finding a way to work on a bipartisan basis. He had one success, the infrastructure bill, and that was done by Republicans and Democrats in the Senate working together. Build on that kind of success.”