Senator Mitt Romney is no friend of former President Trump’s but he made sure to acknowledge the very real possibility he could return to the White House in 2024. Romney issued a warning to Democrats against changing Senate filibuster rules noting the consequences the left will likely feel once they lose their power in the House of Representatives, the Senate, and possibly the White House.
The Hill reports:
“The United States Senate is one of our vital democratic institutions, and the power given to the minority in the Senate and the resulting requirement for political consensus are among the Senate’s defining features,” Romney said while speaking on the Senate floor.
“Note that in the federal government, empowerment of the minority is established through only one institution: the Senate,” he said. “The majority decides in the House; the majority decides in the Supreme Court; and the president, of course, is a majority of one. Only in the Senate does the minority restrain the power of the majority.”
Romney asserted that the power afforded to the minority was “critical” because it helped to ensure that laws passed in the Senate appealed to both political parties and did not “originate from the extreme wing of either one.” Without the filibuster, measures on taxes, safety net programs and national security would change every time another party gained the majority, Romney said.
“There is also a reasonable chance Republicans will win both houses in Congress, and that Donald Trump himself could once again be elected president in 2024,” he continued. “Have Democrats thought what it would mean for them — for the Democrat minority — to have no power whatsoever?
However, Romney’s somewhat friendly tone didn’t last long when he accused Biden of taking the “same tragic road taken by President Trump” by attempting to “cast doubt” on the reliability and integrity of U.S. elections.