Donald Trump Rips Into Mitt Romney After Negative Coronavirus Test

Donald Trump talks to the media.
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It should come as no surprise that Donald Trump holds a grudge. He’s demonstrated that time and again throughout his career. On Wednesday morning, he showed that he still has ill feelings toward Senator Mitt Romney. After it was announced that the senator tested negatively for the coronavirus, Trump ripped into the Republican lawmaker on Twitter in a sarcastic post pretending to show support.

He quote tweeted a post from Breitbart News that announced the tests for Romney had come back clean.

“This is really great news! I am so happy I can barely speak. He may have been a terrible presidential candidate and an even worse U.S. Senator, but he is a RINO, and I like him a lot!” he wrote.

Among the insults, Trump called the senator a Republican in Name Only. While the two have had a rather up and down relationship over the years, it appears to now be broken beyond repair. The tipping point may have been when Romney broke with the Republican party during Trump’s impeachment trial. He was the only senator on his side of the political aisle who voted to convict on one of the articles of impeachment.

In the immediate aftermath, Trump aimed his ire at the people who testified against him, keeping his rage at Romney at a relatively low level. However, it appears the president couldn’t resist the urge to rip into his former political and presidential campaign rival after it was announced he’d received a clean bill of health.

Mitt Romney speaks on the Senate floor
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Romney, as well as several other lawmakers and staff members, had put themselves into quarantine after Kentucky senator Rand Paul tested positive for the coronavirus. It was later revealed Paul had worked six days after taking the test and before the results were announced. In that time, he spent quite a bit of time around a number of people in the Senate. He also reportedly paid regular visits to the congressional gym and swimming pool.

Trump’s most recent tweet about Romney saw a mix of reactions from his Twitter followers. Some of his most ardent supporters clearly enjoyed his attack. Others, however, launched into their own attacks against the president. One user tweeted a headline of an article claiming 16 people had come down with COVID-19 after attending a party at one of Trump’s properties.

“I can’t believe this is a real tweet,” another user tweeted, potentially questioning the president’s focus during the pandemic.