The President-elect of the United States is a petty and vindictive man. When someone speaks out against Donald Trump he usually responds with childish insults and Twitter rants. This has been illustrated time and again throughout the years with his various feuds, like his beefs with Rosie O’Donnell, Megyn Kelly and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. The latter was a fierce opponent of Trump’s candidacy throughout the campaign, even calling him a “phony and a fraud.” That’s why it was so shocking to hear that the POTUS-elect was interviewing Romney for the position of secretary of state. It almost looked like Trump had finally learned to be a grown-up, but as it turns out maturity is just not the self-proclaimed billionaire’s forte and he was just toying with Romney all along.
During an appearance on InfoWars Sunday, longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone claimed that Trump had never been serious about offering Mitt Romney a cabinet position:
“Donald Trump was interviewing Mitt Romney for secretary of State in order to torture him. To toy with him. And given the history, that’s completely understandable. Mitt Romney crossed a line. He didn’t just oppose Trump, which is his democratic right, he called him a phony and a fraud. And a con man. And that’s not the kind of man you want as Secretary of State.”
Apparently Trump thought the best way to handle Romney after he was elected president was to force the former Massachusetts governor to bow down and kiss his ring–and it worked. As soon as Romney thought he could get a high-ranking job in the administration, he completely changed his opinion on Trump. Instead of upholding his values and refusing to support Trump the “phony”, Romney went out to dinner with him. Later he claimed the dinner was terrific and said,“I had a wonderful evening with President-elect Trump. We had another discussion about affairs throughout the world, and these discussions I’ve had with him have been enlightening, and interesting, and engaging I’ve enjoyed them very, very much.”
It was the perfect ploy. Romney, who is a well-known flip-flopper, walked right into Trump’s trap. Just like during the 2012 presidential campaign, Romney has proven that he will say or do anything for power. Now he is left with no job, no moral high-ground and the humiliation of knowing that the man he called a “fraud” fooled him.
It would almost be sad if it weren’t so damn pathetic.
But looking beyond Romney’s humiliation is the fact that the president-elect of the United States is so childish and consumed with the need for revenge that he wasted his time doing this in the first place. This is a dangerously unstable man who cannot stop himself from using his power to punish his enemies. What horrors will he wreak with the power of the United States government at his beck and call? Can America survive a thin-skinned bully in the Oval Office? We’re about to find out.