April 20, 2024

Utah Voters ‘100 Percent’ Feel Betrayed by Mitt Romney

Riverton, Utah, Mayor and US Senate candidate Trent Staggs told Breitbart News that Utah voters “100 percent” feel betrayed by Senator Mitt Romney’s (R-UT) voting record in the US Senate.


Breitbart News Saturday host Matthew Boyle noted that Romney is said to be spending “quite a bit of time” in Utah and asked Staggs to confirm if that is accurate.

Staggs told Boyle that many of the people he’s talked to on the campaign trail don’t know either, that he might even have entered the state last time.

Staggs said Romney was absent from the past two Republican state conventions, and was the only federal lawmaker who did not send a video message to the convention in his physical absence.

Romney’s absence from Utah is “part of the problem” for Utah voters and one of the reasons Staggs decided to run for Senate, he explained.

“The big difference between me and Mitt Romney is that I’m from Utah. From primary school to graduate school. I attended Utah schools. I raised my family here. I’m running several businesses, I help take the company public. I was on NASDAQ last year. And I’ve been in elected office for ten years serving my community here in Riverton, Utah, as mayor, the last six. So I don’t see Mitt Romney here across the state and all my travel,” Staggs told Boyle.

“I think there’s a background context here. Again, he moved to the state to run just for this office. And that’s something that Utahns certainly recognize, they recognize that, they recognize that he’s not representing them, especially the Republicans who put him in office,” Staggs continued.

He then called out Romney for fighting for the “opposite” he promised to fight for when he ran for Senate five years ago.

“In our launch video, that’s what I called him specifically, because he had a 30-second spot five years ago where he said, ‘I’m going to fight for you. I will fight for Utah every day. I will put us on a path to a balanced budget. I will end illegal immigration. I will stop federal spending and outreach. And I will appoint conservative judges to the court.’ And he has not done those things. In fact, he’s fighting for the opposite,” Staggs said. “The opposite was implemented by voting for judges such as Ketanji Brown Jackson, one of three Republican supervisors who did so. Not supporting President Trump on his border wall when he had the chance to do so. And supporting someone like Homeland Secretary Mayorkas, one of, I think, five Republicans to confirm his nomination. It goes on and on about spending, until voting for a trillion more in the omnibus, which is the big source of inflation today.”

Staggs also noted that Romney “votes with Biden 60 percent of the time” and that “Biden encouraged him, encouraged him to run for Senate back in 2018.”

While Romney has not officially announced his re-election campaign, Staggs assumes it will be based on “a lot of the moves he’s making here.”

Staggs then highlighted how his experience as mayor of Riverton, Utah, gives him unique experience fighting government overreach.

“And I don’t just talk the talk, I walk the walk. They have seen my ten years in elected office here. I pushed back against federal overreach. I say that mayors are on the forefront of fighting back on outreach, be it federal, state, county, consistently pushing back against mask mandates, vaccine mandates in our community. I am one of the few mayors who stood up and said ‘no’ to this nonsense,” he said.

“We have pushed back hard against taxes. I have cut taxes. My people, we reduced spending, we innovated in municipal government, and really, pushed back on a lot of the culture war stuff. I mean, we’ve passed resolutions opposing GSF in our community, we’ve fought against inappropriate content in schools very, very, very hard on that. I take it really personal. I have a 13 year old son and an 11 year old daughter. So I quit for those kinds of reasons. And people know they’re going to find someone who will stand up and fight back. And that’s exactly what we need in D.C. We need that now more than ever,” he continued.

Staggs also called out Romney for remaining silent on President Joe Biden’s corruption despite taking every opportunity to attack former President Donald Trump.

“He takes any opportunity he gets to take a shot. I mean, the latest is this indictment. He immediately issued a statement saying that President Trump, he called this on himself, and yet he is completely silent. As for Joe Biden, we are like you said, we have incontrovertible proof, that there has now been some malpractice,” Staggs said.

Staggs told Boyle that Utah voters “100 percent” feel betrayed by Romney’s record as a senator and that many feel he was trying to get their votes.

“I’m hearing it over and over again. This person does not represent us. I’ve heard the term panderer, that he went back five years ago and tried to say the things Utahns wanted to hear to get elected, and that his record shows that he worked to go against the things he said he would do,” Staggs said. “And that’s what they want. Utahns are looking for a true conservative, someone who is bold, who will stand up to the establishment and confront it head on. They know they’re not going to get that anymore with Mitt Romney. They haven’t been getting it for five years. And they are ready to go.”

Breitbart News Saturday airs on SiriusXM Patriot 125 from 10:00 to 1:00 Eastern.

Jordan Dixon-Hamilton is a reporter for Breitbart News. Write to him at jdixonhamilton@breitbart.com or continue with it Twitter.

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