Romney breaks with GOP to oppose Trump’s judicial pick who called Obama ‘un-American impostor’

MSN | 5/15/2019 | Mike DeBonis
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© Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) speaks at a news conference May 8 on Capitol Hill.

Republican Sen. Mitt Romney broke with President Trump and the rest of his party Tuesday to oppose the confirmation of a federal judge who had referred to former president Barack Obama as an “un-American impostor.”

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Romney (Utah) was the only voting senator to break ranks on a party-line vote to seat Michael J. Truncale on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

In a brief interview after the vote, Romney mentioned 2011 comments Truncale made to a women’s group in Beaumont, Tex., in which he spoke about Obama.

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“There were some things that he said about President Obama that were disparaging, and as a Republican presidential nominee, I felt I just couldn’t go along with that for a judge,” Romney said Tuesday.

Romney ran against Obama as the GOP presidential nominee in 2012.

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The Senate approved Truncale on a 49-to-46 vote, making him the 113th Trump-nominated judge to win confirmation.

Liberal groups such as the Alliance for Justice and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights raised sharp concerns about Truncale’s nomination, citing past public statements he had made on a wide...
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