CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King on Tuesday hailed the bravery of Mitt Romney, gushing that the “history books” would remember him for his boldness unlike the rest of the Trump-supporting Republican Party. However, she can’t like the GOP senator *that* much. During the 2012 presidential election cycle, King donated to his opponent, Barack Obama.
The co-host fawned over the Utah politician: “Senator Romney, it’s really good to see you. I'm wondering how you're feeling? I think the history books are going to remember you for many things. One of them will be on many occasions you were the lone Republican standing against the President. And I’m wondering how do you navigate that personally, mentally and physically?”
Showing her deep concern for the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, King enthused, “Do you feel ostracized by your party? Do you feel that you get a lot of support behind the scenes privately but maybe publicly people don't have the courage to say what many feel — how many feel exactly the way you do?”
But in 2011, when the brave Romney was a threat to Obama’s reelection, King donated to the Democrat and the DNC. She also supported Obama in 2008 and would vacation with the Obamas after the family left the White House. Here are King’s political donations:
(For more, see our fact sheet on the partisan Democrat history of this supposed journalist.)
A transcript of the CBS This Morning questions can be found below. Click “expand” to read more.
CBS This Morning
ANTHONY MASON: That's President-Elect Joe Biden who spoke last night after the electoral college confirmed his victory in November. That effectively shuts down President Trump's efforts to overturn the election that Mr. Biden won by more than seven million votes. Healing will take a little longer. Joining us now is Utah senator Mitt Romney who's working with Democrats and Republicans on a Coronavirus relief package. Senator, good morning. Thanks very much for being with us. I want to talk about the relief package in a moment, but I want to pick up on something Mr. Biden was talking about. You've been very critical of the President's rhetoric — of President Trump's rhetoric, but it has been effective. A new CBS news poll finds that eight out of ten Trump voters do not consider Mr. Biden to be the legitimate winner. When you have a divide like this in this country, how do you counter that rhetoric? How do you heal the country and move forward?
MASON: Several of your fellow Republicans have backed the President's legal fight. What impact do you think that's going to have on the party, the Republican Party long term?
MASON: Do you think it's fractured the party in any significant way?
KING: You know, Senator Romney, it’s really good to see you. I'm wondering how you're feeling? I think the history books are going to remember you for many things. One of them will be on many occasions you were the lone Republican standing against the President. And I’m wondering how do you navigate that personally, mentally and physically? Do you feel ostracized by your party? Do you feel that you get a lot of support behind the scenes privately but maybe publicly people don't have the courage to say what many feel — how many feel exactly the way you do?
ROMNEY: Well, it's interesting. In my caucus among the Republican senators I wondered after my vote on impeachment, for instance, how I would be received. I got a call the next day from John Cornyn who is a leader and strong Trump supporter. He said, “Mitt, I wouldn't want to be part of any group that didn't respect someone who told him to do what his conscious told him to do.”
KING: That's good to hear. Do you ever say to Donald Trump, “Can we just sit down and have a private meeting?”
ROMNEY: I don't think that's something which he would like to do.
KING: I don't know. I don't know.
ROMNEY: We've had a couple of meetings in the past and they haven't been terribly fruitful.
KING: Let's talk about your bipartisan economic relief plan. You're helping lead two of them. I'm wondering where things stand. Christmas break is coming this Friday. Where do things stand with that?
MASON: I'm glad to hear that. Senator, why has this been so difficult? Only one relief package passed since March. Why has it been so hard to get something across the table that we know the country needs desperately?
KING: The need is so great. You’re right.
MASON: Do you think you're close to having the votes?
MASON: Are we going to have it by the holiday?
KING: Do you have any thoughts of Bill Barr announcing he's leaving to spend time with his family during the holiday?