Utah Sen. Mitt Romney defends former GOP running mate Paul Ryan in wake of Trump tirade

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  • Ksampow2 MSC, UT
    July 19, 2019 1:38 p.m.

    Sammy G.: Romney was highly critical of Obama in the debates. Remember how Candy Crowley, the moderator from CNN, threw the debate with her pre-planned help to Obama?

    Don't forget that Romney received more votes than Trump, but Trump had a weaker opponent.

    More politicians should be like Trump, standing up against wrong whether it comes from your own party or the opposition party.

  • gojks Nauvoo, IL
    July 16, 2019 6:05 a.m.

    President Trump is correct in his statements, we don't care what Mitt Romney or his cohorts say
    about Trumps statements. Mitt Romney is a globalist, we don't like or want globalists.

  • mrjj69 Bountiful, UT
    July 15, 2019 8:56 p.m.

    my reasons for not voting for Romney, were only exceeded by the list for Ryan.

  • quackquack Park City, UT
    July 15, 2019 9:13 a.m.

    @J D 690
    Your wrong on so many points

    they never gave you any tax breaks or helped to get new manufacturing jobs

    President Obama's tax cuts, refer to the $858 billion tax cut deal signed in 2010. It extended the Bush tax cuts through 2012 and unemployment benefits through 2011. It cut payroll taxes by 2 percent, adding $120 million to workers' spendable income. It extended a college tuition tax credit. It also included $55 billion in industry-specific tax cuts.

    They never drove Isis out of Iraq and Syria
    The republican party vetoed any interaction with Syria

    They never helped to get Black, Hispanic Asian unemployment at it's lowest level

    The economic policies put in to place by Obama which are very much active and are currently governing the US. Trumps Tax cuts for the middle class end in 2025

    Your candidate did nothing to help the border crisis, or help
    Obama is second in deporting illegals

    the veterans get better health care from the veterans hospitals.
    Aug, 11 2014 Obama Signs the VA Reform Bill 16 billion law is designed to give quicker access to health care to veterans who have been waiting long periods of time to see a doctor.

  • J D 690 Springville, UT
    July 14, 2019 5:31 p.m.

    All you who voted 3rd party --- what has your candidate done for the people of America these last 2 years. --- They didn't get record labor participation, they never got rid of useless job killing unneeded regulations -- they didn't make it possible to have the highest dow ever, they didn't confront our trading partners about their unfair practices -- they didn't get new trade agreements. they didn't confront our Nato partners about paying their fair share -- they never gave you any tax breaks or helped to get new manufacturing jobs --- they never nominated 2 conservative supreme court judges -- they aren't working to replace other liberal judges --- They never drove Isis out of Iraq and Syria --- They never helped to get Black, Hispanic Asian unemployment at it's lowest level --- Your candidate did nothing to help the border crisis, or help the veterans get better health care from the veterans hospitals. You candidate did not rebuild the military --- ----- No -- your candidate is like a doctor with a wonderful bedside manner but knows nothing about your condition or how to treat it. Trump on the other hand is the Doctor with a dubious bedside manner but understands the problem

  • David Centerville, UT
    July 14, 2019 5:26 p.m.


    I have never lived in California, but have enjoyed visiting California many times with my wife and children.

  • Utefan60 , 00
    July 14, 2019 11:18 a.m.

    The DN has put in some of the most mean spirited name calling letters in this blog. I need to reply with all honesty!

    To those who bad mouth Romney, I feel ashamed. They show the bad underbelly of this political season.

    Their partisan and rabid support of Trump has so blinded their own morality.

    Mitt stood up for a friend. That's what real, honest, and decent people do. I stand up for my friends and family. No one is going to bad mouth my friends or family without a fight.

    But Trump supporters are so blinded by their partisan politics that they have no loyalty. None!

    So sad that these hypocrites are calling out Romney for his loyalty. His morals and values seem to follow that of his own religion.

  • Jer-Bear Springville, UT
    July 13, 2019 3:20 p.m.

    Mitt is expected to defend his running mate Paul Ryan. To not do so, implies negative light that Mitt chose the wrong running mate.

    But, it's hard to believe anything Mitt Romney says any more - he tears up President Trump too often & generally unprovoked.

    Paul Ryan, was an OK choice. But Mitt & Ryan both could have done better!

  • worf McAllen, TX
    July 13, 2019 12:39 p.m.

    Some random thoughts.

    * Mitt is a real disappointment. A Democrat in Republican clothing.

    * Democrats have been honest with their expectations of America.

    * Citizens are easily manipulated.

    Trump is not a politician!

  • one old man MSC, UT
    July 13, 2019 12:32 p.m.

    "I don't agree with the immoral things that he has been accused of before he became President but that is between him and his wife. "

    Would you be saying that if the Prime Minister of Australia had done the same kinds of things that trump has BRAGGED about doing?

  • MK52 Arlington, VA
    July 13, 2019 12:06 p.m.

    For all the Romney bashing on this site, let me make one remark. Orrin Hatch hand picked Mitt to replace him. In fact, Senator Hatch would not retire unless he had this power . The GOP and Hatch would not allow a primary after all those years with no challenge to Hatch. So no actual Utahns had the chance to run. How about the next time, dont let the "party leaders" run over the voters they way that did this time? They only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. So either take back YOUR power. Or voted democrat. Simply problem, simple solution.

  • AZ Blue & Red Gilbert, AZ
    July 13, 2019 10:03 a.m.

    I wish Trump would be quiet and do his job. Some good ideas but childish in his behavior.

    Romney is just backing up his friend. I do not see anything that Ryan said that was hateful but pointed out facts and his view of things. Trump then responds with names, and immature comments. I am OK with him saying he did not do a good job. Just the names. Yet many still do not see this as childish or wrong. Where has our society gone?

    Romney did not go after Trump here but defended his friend and political ally. In the past what I have seen Romney say about Trump is accurate. Generally in response to a Trump tirade.

    He does not defend Trump as he is A) not a friend and B) does not agree with his tactics. Yet I have seen him agree with Trump on many issues and he has let that be known too. Yet that does not seem to be pointed out. Why not?

    I did not vote for Trump or Hillary. No choice there. I will not vote again for Trump unless he turns off the twitter, does his job and focuses on his job. Again some good ideas just how he implements and states them. I don't care how good the economy is I will not vote for this type of person.

  • Count Rushmore Too Salt Lake City, UT
    July 13, 2019 8:15 a.m.

    Mitt needs to get off his duff and get to work instead of whining. Aside from jealously bashing President Trump, what, exactly, has the Senator accomplished? Time is not on his side; he needs to quit wasting it.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    July 13, 2019 8:04 a.m.

    UtahBlueDevil - Alpine, UT
    July 12, 2019 3:01 p.m.

    "Romney never bashes... Obama, Hillary, just Trump."

    This is just more proof that some have no idea what truth is anymore. I just put a few.... but the web is full of instances where Romney has criticized those people."

    The absolute truth is this...

    Had Mitt Romney had any spine during the last presidential debate and taken Obama to task and really criticized him our country would have avoided the last miserable term of Obama.

    I fully blame Mitt for Obama's second term and also for creating the vacuum that Donald Trump had to ascend to the presidency. It was a devastating loss.

    And it was all Mitt's fault.... he was a light weight candidate then and still is today. He had no fight in him

    I personally support President Trump, he is a fighter and that is what the voters wanted and got. His mouth & Twitter account are cringeworthy at times but I don't doubt his love of the country, military, his support of the Constitution, and his ability to expose the corruption in the gov't and media.

    Carry on Mr. President!

    I can't wait to get Mitt primaried and/or into retirement.

  • UtahBlueDevil Alpine, UT
    July 13, 2019 8:00 a.m.

    Mainly Me - you comment about Trump receiving the most death threats was an interesting one, got me doing some reading up on the subject. So this morning while watching Wimbledon, I read a lot on the subject.

    Fundamentally the statement is true. Trump who has framed his presidency around social media, has received over 12,000 threats via Twitter. It truly is a low effort platform where people can say amazingly stupid things at incredible ease. The threats are considered as low viability and for the most part have had little credibility of an actual threat. This is not to take away from of the stupidity of making statements.

    Then there are credible threats or actual attempts. There isn't a lot of information about those. We have the reports of actual attempts ( Trump doesn't have the lead there by a long shot) where arrest have been made. But then there are the credible unspecified threats that the Secret Service doesn't disclose information on. One report had Carter having the most of these - which makes sense because of his age.

    Unfortunately there were just a lot of not very credible sources on the web about this. A lot of fringe blogs.

  • mohokat , 00
    July 13, 2019 7:16 a.m.

    Romney and Ryan. Those two rolled over in the debates in spectacular fashion. Two of the worst candidates ever. Excluding McCain.

  • Mainly Me Werribee, 00
    July 12, 2019 11:20 p.m.

    I am an Australian and I watched both the last administration and this one closely. By far President Trump would have to be the most belittled, abused, defamed, lied about President/leader I have ever heard about or witnessed in all my entire life.

    I don't agree with the immoral things that he has been accused of before he became President but that is between him and his wife. However, I definitely do not agree with what the media, the opposition and the people of the US and the rest of the world have said and done to him and his family. He fighting for freedom for the US and the rest of the free world!

    If anybody should be ashamed it is the so-called Christian's and American people who have been complicit and condoned this type of hatred and behaviour towards a sitting President.

    In addition to this according to (Breitbart news) President Trump has received more death threats and assassination attempts than any other sitting President. So maybe instead of really retaliating or resigning or cowering into a corner, he makes a joke out of it. Big deal everyone needs to get over it and support the President of the USA.

  • intrinsicrewards Salem, VA
    July 12, 2019 9:04 p.m.

    Romney again rushing to defend his friend after he said negative things in a book to which Trump responded in kind. Not surprising or newsworthy, but it is obvious based on reader comments that Mitt has lost the support of much of his base.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    July 12, 2019 9:00 p.m.


    Right on! Donald Trump is certainly a Gold Medalist President.

  • UtahBlueDevil Alpine, UT
    July 12, 2019 8:53 p.m.

    "Ha ha. Not so much. Takes on all comers and just keeps winning."

    Yep.... if name calling were a tough guy sport... Trump would be a gold medalist.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    July 12, 2019 7:44 p.m.


    Who "bashed" who first?

    Paul Ryan now trying to increase his net worth by selling books.


  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    July 12, 2019 7:40 p.m.

    @Golden Rules

    President Trump is "afraid"?

    Ha ha. Not so much. Takes on all comers and just keeps winning.


  • Say No to BO Springville, UT
    July 12, 2019 7:04 p.m.

    Reading this stuff you would think Ryan was a great leader, destroyed by Trump.

    Obviously, that's not the case. Had Ryan's GOP been effective, Trump would have never gained any traction.

    Ryan promised pushback against Obama's progressive agenda, but failed to deliver. Obamacare passed. Ryan backed down at every fiscal cliff. They just kept letting Obama win.

    Ryan was toast before Trump won his first primary. These guys are trying to rewrite history here.

  • dski Herriman, UT
    July 12, 2019 6:48 p.m.

    For two years, Ryan was the Speaker of the House of Representatives. What was accompished in those two years? Not much!

  • Bob Tanner Price, UT
    July 12, 2019 6:08 p.m.

    I really do not approve of what Senator Romney is doing nor do I approve of Paul Ryan. They are knowingly or unknowingly hurting the chances of Trump's re-election. I voted for Romney but he certainly is not representing me in Washington as a senator from Utah. Just my two cents worth and nothing more.

  • skeptic Phoenix, AZ
    July 12, 2019 6:00 p.m.

    Between Trump and Ryan it is a toss up as to who is the worst leader and national political failure.
    They both have done harm to the government, the nation and the people at the expense of benefiting their rich and wealthy cohorts and striking down labor and the underprivileged.

  • Golden Rules Okay, OK
    July 12, 2019 5:56 p.m.

    Trumps has less control of his fight/flight response than most and Trump is a fighter. You can always tell when he's afraid. The man has a lot of fear. Not sure why he's suddenly afraid of Ryan, but his fight response shows he's afraid.

  • VickieB Salt Lake City, UT
    July 12, 2019 5:53 p.m.

    Ryan had both parts of Congress, and accomplished nothing. Ryan was a barrier to immigration enforcement.

  • jimjr Kaysville, UT
    July 12, 2019 5:51 p.m.

    If Trump naysayers think a Progressive /Socialist POTUS is a better alternative I think minds would be changed within the first 3 months after the election. Check out the Dem candidates’ policies. American life would never be the same. So, yeah I’ll vote for Trump any day given the choices we’ll have in 2020.

  • mare54 KIHEI, HI
    July 12, 2019 5:50 p.m.

    You can agree or disagree with policy..... BUT the amount of lies Trump tells on a daily basis is terrible. If one has any integrity at all... one cannot look the other way. Also the way Trump kowtows to horrible dictators and throws his OWN people under the bus is cause for concern. One cannot ignore it and keep a clean conscience. You cannot escape it.... Trump has zero morals and you cannot ignore that either. How our country ended up this way is distressing and how do we get out of it? Our democracy is under attack and we cannot ignore that fact! PRAY!

  • rwils Provo, UT
    July 12, 2019 5:40 p.m.

    Donald Trump is not, and never will be, half the man that Paul Ryan is. Quiet, humble, unassuming, principled, sacrificing for his country. Those are a few of the traits Paul Ryan shares with a couple of our greatest presidents. However, it is true that he shares none of those traits with our current president.

  • Heidi71 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 12, 2019 5:39 p.m.

    Trump never draws first blood. He defends himself, his family, his friends, and his country. Ryan didn't seem to be all there as Speaker. I hope Mike Kennedy runs again. The only time we hear from Romney is when he criticizes the president. It's getting tiresome.

  • J D 690 Springville, UT
    July 12, 2019 5:34 p.m.

    Trump didn't know anything about Government --- Ryan knew too much about Gov't and the swamp. -- That is why we elected Trump. --- To get something done about our problems which he has done despite not ( knowing anything about Gov't ) and having to fight our own leaders to do so. --- Romney needs to get off his high horse and go to work for the People as hard as Trump has.

  • Watcher1 Sandy, UT
    July 12, 2019 5:24 p.m.

    Paul Ryan is probably THE major reason the GOP lost the House in the last election. He was always great for his donors and lobbyists, and often a wonderful gift to the liberals . . . but not really an asset to American citizens, workers, and taxpayers.

  • jasonlivy Orem, UT
    July 12, 2019 5:15 p.m.

    I liked Paul Ryan early as speaker for the House, but felt he was a lame duck after Trump took office. He was part of the 'Never Trumpers' in Washington who didn't want him to be president, as was Romney. Because of this Ryan did not advocate for Trump, and who I blame for not getting the boarder secure and following up with so many campaign promises of getting rid of ObamaCare even though both the house and senate were controlled by the Republicans.

    It appears Romney's true colors are coming out. I'm also sorry I voted for him (never again!). I'm really tired of the criticism being constantly thrown at the President. I don't always agree on how he responds, but I'm grateful he doesn't capitulate and back down to it. I like to see him fight the naysayers and critics, just like many of us would do.

    In the end, I think Trump has done an astounding job with so much negative press, vitriol, corruption, and lies thrown at him. Most media (TV and print) are waging war on his presidency and he hasn't backed down. He is still a believer that America is the greatest nation on earth and will work to his last day to build it up and defend it. At least that is what I see...

  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    July 12, 2019 5:01 p.m.


    You elected him.

    You support him, almost unanimously.

    You have a duty to ask him to act like a President.

    The whole world is watching, and I doubt it likes this freak show. I know those of us in the opposition are sick and tired of these daily Trumpy tantrums.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 12, 2019 4:51 p.m.

    Okay, Trump says nasty stuff about a lot of people, and that is not liked by people with good manners and trying to stay classy. Mitt is free to denounce Trump's comments about Ryan, spurred by an questions about Ryan's negative comments in a book.

    But, for over two years the entire Democrat party, and most of the news media have been on an unrelenting campaign of despicable accusations against President Trump. Not just the phony "Russian collusion" lies, but all the others.

    If Mitt was a man of honor, we would expect that the past two years would be filled with rants about unfair criticism of President Trump. But, he has been silent about all of that, and indeed has joined in. Schumer and Pelosi say far worse about Trump nearly daily and nary a peep from Mitt.

    The inescapable conclusion is that Mitt has a double standard. So, how can we trust anything he says now?

    I am so sorry I voted for Mitt for Senate.

  • Mainly Me Werribee, 00
    July 12, 2019 4:41 p.m.

    Mr. Mitt Soundbite sure loves to take a jab at the President. I guess the truth hurts. Ryan was a joke, but then again, birds of a feather...

  • Holy-Schamoly-What Baloney Kaysville, UT
    July 12, 2019 4:36 p.m.

    @FT You said: "Those are false equivalencies and they need blinded, weak people to sustain them." in reference to those who would vote for one of the regular party candidates, rather than a 3rd party. That's a bold, false statement. For the record, a while back I did vote for a 3rd Party candidate, one who passed away this week. Mr. Perot garnered 19% of the vote tally. Did I waste my vote? Yes. What magical positive influence did his candidacy produce that has lasted until now? Absolutely none whatever. We need decent, well-meaning, educated, motivated and qualified people to run for office AND a press that will let them, rather than express a media bias to secure the election for who they want. One good thing that came out of the last election was the media failed to get Hillary elected. Rather than look in the mirror as to why she was not electable, they immediately decided it was collusion and influence from Russia that swayed the vote. Balderdash. The press literally crucifies anyone that isn't their choice; no wonder we can't ever get anyone but seasoned politicians to run. The US Congress is full of incompetent people running for president, unfortunately.

  • wgirl , 00
    July 12, 2019 4:33 p.m.

    What an embarrassment. The President of the United States mean-girl tweeting insults like "baby" about a former Speaker of the House? It is more than embarrassing, it is shameful.

    It is also ridiculously hypocritical coming from Trump.

    I did not think Trump would have got his Tax-Cut for the Rich plan passed if it had not been for Paul Ryan.

    @ jeanie in Orem wrote: "I am an elementary school teacher and President Trump's response to criticism reminds me of what I hear in the classroom from children. It surprises me that people justify this behavior."

    I often think about the children and young adults in our country today. Trump - who we hold up as our leader, Commander in Chief, and representation to the world - is a bully, a serial adulterer and womanizer, a fraudster, and a liar. What are they learning from him? What are they learning from our acceptance and praise of him?

    They will read about him in their library books and in their textbooks. They will read his tweets and his speeches. They will learn about his life and his deeds.

    Do we really want our children looking up to such a man?

  • SFSteveS SF, CA
    July 12, 2019 4:29 p.m.

    David - Centerville, Utah

    You express my thoughts better than I think I can do myself. I agree strongly with your post.

    Before Centerville, did you previously live in CA ? You certainly sound like an old friend of mine.

    July 12, 2019 4:27 p.m.

    "May God continue to bless and protect President Trump." Red Smith: How can you even use the words "God" and "Trump" in the same sentence?

  • andyjaggy American Fork, UT
    July 12, 2019 4:22 p.m.

    Regardless of if what Trump said about Ryan is true or not. When did it become acceptable to name call and taunt people on social media like our president has done countless times? We don't even put up with that behavior from school children, yet somehow we are supposed to accept it from the man leading this country.

    It's an embarrassment to this nation.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    July 12, 2019 4:21 p.m.

    Nearly every day, Trump is on Twitter to avenge a slight that is best left unresponded to.

  • Holy-Schamoly-What Baloney Kaysville, UT
    July 12, 2019 3:53 p.m.

    @FT -- I'd be careful in putting all my eggs in the pundits basket. They had Hillary winning the election hands-down, going away; there wasn't any doubt about it. The looks on their faces on TV on election night when Trump won was absolutely priceless!! So a word for you, my friend, is don't believe everything (or hardly anything) that pundits say since they have a difficult time being objective; their biases are too well ingrained to allow that to happen.

    Also, when it comes to major accomplishments, Supreme Court nominees far exceed any of the temporary things the US Congress does or doesn't do (like Executive Orders) that can be changed with the next Congress but the Judicial Appointment is for life. Why do you think liberals are lining up to donate a kidney to RB Ginsberg if she should happen to need one? Trump may indeed get to nominate yet another Justice, which would be good for the people of this country---the ones that believe in and love the Constitution. That alone is the reason many who don't like Trump did and will vote for him again, his brash conduct/no morals notwithstanding. Democratic House investigations ad infinitum, are playing into his hand.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    July 12, 2019 3:45 p.m.

    For those of you on this thread saying they'll be throwing their vote away on a 3rd party, that is incorrect. I voted 3rd party last time and probably will again. It's up to all Americans to vote for the best person for the job, not somebody who's at the head of a political ticket or likely to win. How do we expect to change the outcome if we're all not willing to change how the game is played? Anybody who votes for Trump is complicit in the activity he represents on our behalf. He's an embarrassment to our country and I don't have to vote for him just because he's the Republican nominee or better than the Democratic choice. Those are false equivalencies and they need blinded, weak people to sustain them.

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    July 12, 2019 3:26 p.m.

    When children abuse their Twitter accounts, responsible parents take away the phone for a week or two. It's unfortunate that Pres. Trump's parents are not around.

  • Musketman Stansbury Park, UT
    July 12, 2019 3:18 p.m.

    Well sometimes facts do not lie. I do not know if Ryan is a baby, but he was definitely a poor Speaker of the House. He accomplished nothing, no meaningful legislation. No partisan compromises. No nothing, other than people think he is a good guy. Being a good guy, does not make you a good choice to as Representative or Speaker. Being a bad guy does not mean you will be bad in Politics. Look at Pres Trump. He is an arrogant, ego-maniacal, brash and uncouth individual. But he is definitely a good President!

  • sashabill , CA
    July 12, 2019 3:10 p.m.

    While Obama was President, I kept waiting, hoping that our next president will be an ADULT.

    Well, I'm still waiting.

  • Dart Thrower Ogden, UT
    July 12, 2019 3:05 p.m.

    Trump, the Great I and My, views the world as binary. He is wonderful, fantastic, brilliant, handsome, thin and once beat Tiger Woods in golf. Everyone else is dreadful, inept, stupid and out to get Trump. Trump is about as sophisticated as the four year old next door screaming about getting another cookie. Let's pick an adult to run the place in 2020.

  • UtahBlueDevil Alpine, UT
    July 12, 2019 3:01 p.m.

    Red Smith - what are you saying?

    Red claimed "Romney never bashes Pelosi, Reid, Obama, Hillary, just Trump."

    Are you serious? Some headlines from a very quick search.

    "Romney Accuses Obama of Hiding Agenda"
    "Romney criticizes Obama before big speech"
    "Mitt Romney criticizes Obama in Cincinnati speech"
    "Romney Criticizes Obama's Response To Libya Attack"
    "Romney backs Trump in shutdown showdown, questions Pelosi"
    "Romney criticizes Pelosi trip to Middle East "
    "Mitt Romney Mocks Hillary Clinton's 'Most Embarrassing' Foreign..."

    This is just more proof that some have no idea what truth is anymore. I just put a few.... but the web is full of instances where Romney has criticized those people.

    We don't have open borders now, nor ever... hence why people have been being arrested for decades. The deficit has ballooned under Trump - up almost a Trillion dollars annually. McConnell is the one who failed to get Senate approval - McCain's vote - not Ryan who did deliver the House votes to repeal.

    It seems the play book for the Trump supporters is if you don't like someone, make stuff up. Because just about nothing in that post is factual. Stop making stuff up.

  • DaveWY Gilbert, AZ
    July 12, 2019 2:55 p.m.

    Once again our twitterer-In-Chief sounds like a spoiled middle-schooler instead of a leader. We need someone who puts America ahead of their ego and so far we don't have that person in the Oval office nor in the current speaker of the house. Paul Ryan would do a much better job in the Oval Officer than the divider-in-chief we have there now. Please run for President Mr. Ryan.

  • Antes Provo, UT
    July 12, 2019 2:38 p.m.

    I thought the constitution required that the president be at least 35 years in age. How did we ever get an 11 year old kid as president?

  • Red Smith , 00
    July 12, 2019 2:32 p.m.

    Ryan did not serve America well. He left open the borders, he presided over massive gov't debt, failed to end Obamacare, let the bad Iran deal go through.

    Ryan was a bad Speaker of the House.

    Again, Romney never bashes Pelosi, Reid, Obama, Hillary, just Trump.

    May God continue to bless and protect President Trump.

  • Bloodhound Provo, UT
    July 12, 2019 2:29 p.m.

    Paul Ryan is a RINO. After the 2016 election, he claimed he was going to help President Trump pass various pieces of legislation. The only thing he really worked hard on was the tax cut. Otherwise, he worked against the President. Of course, his K street handlers wanted him to work against the President. Romney also carries water for K street. No wonder he defends Ryan. I'm sure these two losers are bitter that Trump was able to do what they were unable to do, win the Presidency. Trump 2020!

  • JapanCougar Layton, UT
    July 12, 2019 2:20 p.m.

    Yet again, I'm not impressed with Trump. The man knows how to disparage others. The most petty person I've ever seen. Can't let stuff roll off his back.

    Without someone moderate coming from the Dems or someone to oppose Trump, I'll be voting 3rd party.

  • Nephiwon Crown Point Essex, NY
    July 12, 2019 2:02 p.m.

    Only thing I like about trump is the R next to his name. Romney didn't help himself but he had no chance against Obama, no one did. Remember Romney lost with more votes trump won with. Trump acts very childish. Ryan is a decent honest man. Trump?Trump will get his feathers ruffled but Ryan couldn't care less. Whose got more integrity. Unbelievable what some politicians have come to. Many are individually good people but not so good is coming from Washington. Romney is our only hope to promote principles of decency and integrity! I love Mitt and totally trust him.

  • TrueBleuCoug Salem, UT
    July 12, 2019 1:59 p.m.

    Sen. Ryan makes some good points about morality and leadership. I think most of us wish the president had more of a filter and stronger moral compass.

    However, his comments come across as two-faced when he unloads on Trump in his book.

    Where's the example now?

  • one old man MSC, UT
    July 12, 2019 1:58 p.m.

    Although I wasn't able to support much of ANYTHING Paul Ryan stood for and tried to do, I could easily find myself actually voting for him as our next president if the choice were between him and trump. I could even vote for him above a couple of possible Dems.

    And as for the comment : " Romney, well he is just wanting to see his name in print. Who cares what he says. He is just another John McCain."

    I wonder if the person who wrote that realizes how much of a compliment it is for Romney when someone compares him to John McCain?

    But I am still VERY disappointed in Romney for his abject failure to stand up and forcefully condemn trump for his dishonesty, immorality, and lack of any signs of intelligence. Romney's failure to do so is a betrayal of all of us and the values we all should hold dear.

  • Rick for Truth Provo, UT
    July 12, 2019 1:44 p.m.

    Fact, Ryan called on Trump to resign his candidacy only 3 weeks before the election. Fact Ryan stalled, delayed, and failed to fight for any legislation Trump wanted. His animosity and hatred towards Trump blinded his actions and hurt the rest of us, Americans trying to overcome all of Obama’s anti-business policies. Fact, Trump is only reacting to Ryan’s attack on Trump. Fact, you and the MSM fail to mention this fact! Fact, I am not surprised in your failure!

  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    July 12, 2019 1:35 p.m.

    So Speaker Ryan talked about and campaigned and held show votes on repel and replace of Obamacare. Republicans control the House and the Senate and now have a Republican President ready to sign a bill. Speaker Ryan offers no bill after hours of talking on talk radio and fails to have a bill ready. Speaker Ryan was supposedly a deficit and budget hawk, but after years in the House and as the House Speaker, nothing. Please show me just what Speaker Ryan did with his time in the house and as House Speaker except get a bigger pension. You may not like his tactics or his Twitter, but at least President Trump gets things done and does what he promises. He was elected to shake up Washington and that is exactly what he is doing. God Bless President Trump. Trump 2020.

  • kaysvillecougar KAYSVILLE, UT
    July 12, 2019 1:36 p.m.

    Mitt Romney is a class act and so is Paul Ryan. Oh what could have been had those two served as President/vice pres. It's too bad that Donald Trump has to bash other people to make himself feel good. Then again, that is Donald Trump. I wonder if he's ever read the book "How to Make Friends and Influence People." Naww.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    July 12, 2019 1:29 p.m.

    I have no love of Paul Ryan, but Trump has no business calling anybody a "baby" or a "terrible speaker" is just pure hypocrisy and desperation. Trump is the biggest "baby" I'd ever seen in Washington, and at no point ever in Ryan's political career did he claim Revolutionary American forces captured British airfields, and then brag about what a great speech he'd given.


  • oldbasketball Draper, UT
    July 12, 2019 1:22 p.m.

    Romney and Ryan couldn't get it done again against someone most Americans had never heard of before 2007 and now they can do nothing but criticize their own party leader. They are true Rhino's.

  • Nottrue Salt Lake City, UT
    July 12, 2019 1:19 p.m.

    Trump made a statement about Ryan he has wrote. So what! Ryan doesn't think much of trump and Trump doesn't think much of Ryan, big deal! Move on already! Romney, well he is just wanting to see his name in print. Who cares what he says. He is just another John McCain.

  • LivinLarge Bountiful, UT
    July 12, 2019 1:17 p.m.

    Ryan is a policy wonk and Romney is a glad-hander...

  • a_voice_of_reason Woods Cross, UT
    July 12, 2019 1:14 p.m.

    I never agreed with Paul Ryan on every position - I've never agreed with any politician on every position. That being said, I'm with Romney on this one. I think beyond the fact that his positions aligned well with mine, I fundamentally view Paul Ryan as a problem-solver. That hurt his popularity dramatically. He wouldn't give base-charging soundbites - he actually held out realities as what they are. He wanted to fix the problems the best way he could. He had integrity. He was everything you could hope for in a politician. Even if you disagreed with him politically, you had to admit that he didn't lose himself in platitudes and big speeches. His arguments were fundamentally sound and he actually researched the issues. You couldn't say his budget proposals wouldn't work to correct our debt problems as a country. All you could say was that you felt his way of doing it was not best for the country.

    I wish Paul Ryan would challenge Trump in a 2020 primary. Then I'd have someone to vote for. Right now I'm stuck waiting to decide which 3rd party candidate to waste my vote on. The democratic candidates scare me. Trump disgusts me. I'm in no-mans land.

  • jeanie orem, UT
    July 12, 2019 1:12 p.m.

    I am an elementary school teacher and President Trump's response to criticism reminds me of what I hear in the classroom from children. It surprises me that people justify this behavior.

    He is doing some things as president that l agree with, but as a moral, mature human being and leader I retain my pre-election opinion of him which was pretty low.

  • David Centerville, UT
    July 12, 2019 1:09 p.m.

    Our Founding Fathers held that America would be strong, and the Constitution upheld, only so long as its citizens were moral and upright. Throughout our history, there has been a continuous struggle to maintain a moral society. We are failing.

    Our moral failure did not start with Trump, and it does not hail from any particular party or ideology. But with Trump and morality, many of his supporters have given up on values. To them, winning is most important.

    For Trump to deride Paul Ryan is an embarrassment. I truly despise Trump when he is like this, which is much too often. As a Conservative, I feel we can and need to do much, much better than Donald Trump.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    July 12, 2019 1:06 p.m.

    Solid analysis. Trump appears to have 90% of the GOP vote locked up in a general election but that still leads him far short of where he'll need to be to win reelection. The concern the GOP should have is the number of independents and right leading individuals who won't vote Democrat but will stay home or not vote for someone at the top of the ticket. My Midwestern family has several of those people who say Trump has embarrassed our country and under no circumstance will he get my vote again. Trump's in the WH now because of 70k votes spread across 3 Midwestern states. He simply has no room for error and continues to isolate broader support with his childish and boorish behavior. Democrats biggest asset in 2020 is Trump himself. In the past pundits say the election is about the economy but the Democrats are betting this time it's about the T rump.

  • louie Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 12, 2019 1:05 p.m.

    "Does Mitt hate President Trump? He seems to always slam the President."

    I doubt it is about hating, I think Trump has to be the easiest of targets.

  • The Meliorist CA, 00
    July 12, 2019 1:01 p.m.

    Ryan is a good and decent person.

    If he is on the wrong side of Trump it tells you more about Trump than Ryan.

    In 2020 can we have anyone but Trump as the Republican nominee?

  • bamafone Salem, UT
    July 12, 2019 12:57 p.m.

    It wasn’t a tirade as the desert news extols. It was a truthful response to Ryan’s criticism of President Trump. As for the LDS pro choice of abortion senator supporting Ryan, it just makes sense. Two weak leaders joining together.

    July 12, 2019 12:57 p.m.


    You should consider reading some of the arguments made by democrats or progressives, rather than retreating into tribalism and labeling everyone who thinks differently from you as crazy.

  • Holy-Schamoly-What Baloney Kaysville, UT
    July 12, 2019 12:54 p.m.

    Can you start to place this type of story in either the editorial or the comic section? This is getting old: Trump disses someone, Romney reacts. That's hardly newsworthy any more, let alone front-page headline news.

  • Biscuit , 00
    July 12, 2019 12:30 p.m.

    Anytime the media wants a little anti Trump from a a so called republican, they run to Romney. I really wished I hadn't voted for him.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    July 12, 2019 12:14 p.m.

    Trump’s biggest obstacle to reelection is himself. He thinks he is invincible. For the most part he has gotten away with saying anything he wants. It’s the same MO—respond to any criticism with childish personal attacks. I would definitely support just about anyone who ran against him in a primary, as I did last time, but definitely could not support anyone from the crazy list the Left has to offer.
    Eventually Trump’s mouth will be his undoing.

  • UtahBlueDevil Alpine, UT
    July 12, 2019 12:00 p.m.

    Does Trump not understand that his constant use of Twitter to go after those who say anything about the President make him look like a hyper defensive teenager? Hardly the disposition of someone who is self confident and doesn't care what others say. It's more juvenile "I know you are but what am I".

    By just ignoring his critics, he puts himself above the pettiness. Instead he looks like someone so self-conscience that he needs to defend himself constantly.

    Mr. President.... please grow up and spend more time on policy than watching TV and on tweeter.

  • strate taukr Bountiful, UT
    July 12, 2019 11:54 a.m.

    Does Mitt hate President Trump? He seems to always slam the President.