Sen. Mitt Romney says a return of former President Donald Trump would feed the nation's "sickness."
He cited Trump's false claims that he won the 2020 election as a "classic example" of denial.
Joe Biden is "a genuinely good man" who hasn't broken through "our national malady," he wrote.
Sen. Mitt Romney says the nation is currently experiencing a "malady of denial, deceit, and distrust," and former President Donald Trump would make things much worse.
"A return of Donald Trump would feed the sickness, probably rendering it incurable," Romney, a former GOP presidential nominee who represents Utah in the Senate, wrote in a July 4 essay in The Atlantic.
The essay takes aim at "wishful thinking" across the political spectrum and the nation's "blithe dismissal of potentially cataclysmic threats."
"More and more, we are a nation in denial," he wrote, citing Trump's false assertions that he won the 2020 election as a "classic example." "Perhaps this is a branch of the same delusion that leads people to feed money into slot machines: Because I really want to win, I believe that I will win," he added.
Romney wrote that leadership is the only cure for wishful thinking.
'A genuinely good man, but'
He called President Joe Biden "a genuinely good man, but," and wrote that Biden "has yet been unable to break through our national malady of denial, deceit, and distrust."
Congress, he wrote, is "particularly disappointing: Our elected officials put a finger in the wind more frequently than they show backbone against it."
"I hope for a president who can rise above the din to unite us behind the truth," he wrote. "Several contenders with experience and smarts stand in the wings; we intently watch to see if they also possess the requisite character and ability to bring the nation together in confronting our common reality."
During the 2016 election, Romney, a former Massachusetts governor that Utah voted into the US Senate in 2018, was fiercely critical of then-candidate Trump, calling him a "phony" and a "fraud."
And in February 2020, Romney earned the distinction of becoming the first senator to vote in favor of removing a president from his own party from office because of what he described as Trump's "appalling abuse of public trust." He voted to convict Trump for abuse of power for withholding nearly $400 million in military aid from Ukraine and pressuring Ukrainian officials to investigate the Biden family.
A year later, Romney was among seven Republican senators who voted to convict Trump in his impeachment trial in connection with the January 6, 2021, insurrection, though the Senate eventually acquitted Trump.
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