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Mitt Romney says he’s voting for Ted Cruz — but only ‘so that we can have an open convention’

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Mitt Romney has announced that he is voting for Ted Cruz in this Tuesday’s Utah caucuses — but he’s not actually saying that he endorses Cruz to be the nominee. Instead, he is still speaking in terms of stopping Donald Trump, and of bringing about a contested Republican convention.

The following is the full text of Romney’s statement on Facebook:

This week, in the Utah nominating caucus, I will vote for Senator Ted Cruz.

Today, there is a contest between Trumpism and Republicanism. Through the calculated statements of its leader, Trumpism has become associated with racism, misogyny, bigotry, xenophobia, vulgarity and, most recently, threats and violence. I am repulsed by each and every one of these.

The only path that remains to nominate a Republican rather than Mr. Trump is to have an open convention. At this stage, the only way we can reach an open convention is for Senator Cruz to be successful in as many of the remaining nominating elections as possible.

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I like Governor John Kasich. I have campaigned with him. He has a solid record as governor. I would have voted for him in Ohio. But a vote for Governor Kasich in future contests makes it extremely likely that Trumpism would prevail.

I will vote for Senator Cruz and I encourage others to do so as well, so that we can have an open convention and nominate a Republican.

Ted Cruz tweeted his response to this rather begrudging pseudo-endorsement:

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Cruz has frequently criticized Romney for losing the 2012 election, saying that the former Massachusetts governor was not conservative enough, and that he would offer a better choice for 2016.

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Donald Trump has also tweeted his own response: Reminding everyone that Romney keeps telling everyone to vote for different candidates.

Two weeks ago, Romney called upon GOP voters across the country to pick the anti-Trump candidate most likely to win in each state, in a speech wherein the 2012 Republican nominee lambasted the current frontrunner for campaigning on bigotry and vulgarity — to which Trump responded by hearkening back to when Romney got his endorsement four years ago: “I could have said ‘Mitt, drop to your knees.’ He would have dropped to his knees.”

Afterwards, Trump beat Cruz and Kasich in Romney’s original home state of Michigan, and this week he crushed Rubio in the latter’s home state of Florida. John Kasich, with whom Romney did indeed campaign, won his own home state of Ohio — though from here out Romney is asking people not to vote for Kasich.

Trump appears to understand the political situation better than his opponents: An amorphous stop-Trump effort — to which Romney even still seems to be clinging, by not actually endorsing Cruz to be the nominee — faces a serious difficulty with voters. If they vote for Trump, and Trump wins, they’ll know that they’re getting Trump. But if they are asked to vote for someone else, simply to get someone else, then the voters are not being presented with any kind of clear outcome for them to select.


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Republicans in Congress are angry about Trump’s latest racist comments — but not because they’re racist

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There can be no denying that amid the firestorm from President Donald Trump tweeting that Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) should "go back where they came from," Republicans in Congress are upset.

However, as many of them make clear in conversation with reporters, the fact that these comments were racist is not the main reason they are angry at the president. Rather, they are frustrated that his comments are hogging the news cycle, which leaves them incapable of discussing their agenda — and of criticizing the agenda of the Democratic representatives he targeted.

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George Conway declares ‘Trump is a racist president’ in brutal Washington Post column

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Prominent Republican attorney George Conway blasted President Donald Trump in an op-ed published by The Washington Post on Monday evening.

Conway explained how he avoided thinking of Trump as a racist, despite the president's actions.

"No, I thought, President Trump was boorish, dim-witted, inarticulate, incoherent, narcissistic and insensitive. He’s a pathetic bully but an equal-opportunity bully — in his uniquely crass and crude manner, he’ll attack anyone he thinks is critical of him. No matter how much I found him ultimately unfit, I gave still him the benefit of the doubt about being a racist. No matter how much I came to dislike him, I didn’t want to think that the president of the United States is a racial bigot," he explained.

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‘He’s the one who hates our country’: Rep. Rashida Tlaib rips Trump’s ‘failed presidency’

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) ripped President Donald Trump for his "failed presidency" during an interview on CNN following her press conference with the three other young women of color in Congress known as "The Squad."

"You’re a child of immigrants here to the United States," CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer noted. "I’m a child of immigrants here to the United States as well. And all of us can relate specifically to what’s going on, because I’m sure you’ve heard basically most of your life go back where you came from."

"As you point out, you are the first of two Muslim women to serve in the United States Congress. Why do you think President Trump specifically chose to paint the two of you as disloyal?" Blitzer asked.

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