After Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) charged that previous President Donald Trump had brought a current indictment “upon himself,” senatorial candidate and mayor of Riverton, Utah, Trent Staggs slammed the failed governmental prospect who he means to unseat next year, implicating him of weakness in the face of the “weaponization” of the Justice Department versus political challengers.
In a special declaration to Breitbart News on Sunday, Staggs accused President Joe Biden of “abusing his power to weaponize the Justice Department versus a political challenger.”
Mayor Trent Staggs (Facebook/Mayor Trent Staggs)”This is
full-on banana republic things here, “he mentioned. Nevertheless, the response of Romney prompted an even higher reproval.
“And– yet again– Mitt Romney gives a milquetoast reaction, showing us once again, he has no backbone,” Staggs said.
“For him, the Senate has to do with settling his petty beefs, not promoting the Constitution,” he concluded.
On Thursday, the Riverton mayor lamented the “unprecedented times” we are currently living in, claiming that both Republicans and Democrats ought to be scared, viewing current occasions “as an indication of things to come if we do not join and state no more.”
We are truly living in unmatched times. Those in power have actually weaponized the justice department against their political challengers. Whether Republican politician or Democrat this should scare every one people as an indication of things to come if we do not unify and say no more. https://t.co/BS99dgHGtN
— Mayor Trent Staggs (@MayorStaggs) June 9, 2023
The matter follows Romney’s statement on Friday claiming that previous President Donald Trump “brought these charges upon himself,” after the 45th president revealed he had been indicted on charges linked to the classified file case.
Romney, who had been extremely crucial of the New York grand jury indictment of Trump pursued by Alvin Bragg in a different case, adopted a various tone in a statement Friday early morning, recognizing that the previous president is “entitled to the anticipation of innocence,” while competing that Trump’s indictment was his own doing.
He also accused Trump of “other actions offending to the national interest,” pointing to the January 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol riot as one example:
My declaration on reports of the indictment of former President Trump:https://t.co/delSma7Gj4
— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) June 9, 2023
After a New york city City grand jury returned a 34-count indictment against Trump in April in relation to an investigation into the alleged falsified service records pursued by Bragg’s office, Romney reiterated his contempt for Trump but asserted Bragg was trying to fulfill a political objective:
I think President Trump’s character and perform make him unfit for office. Even so, I believe the New york city district attorney has extended to reach felony criminal charges in order to fit a political agenda. No one is above the law, not even previous presidents, however everybody is entitled to equivalent treatment under the law. The district attorney’s overreach sets an unsafe precedent for criminalizing political challengers and damages the general public’s faith in our justice system.
The difference in between the statements appears to reveal that Romney views Special Counsel Jack Smith’s investigation versus Trump, surrounding files he required to Mar-a-Lago at the end of his presidency, as having more credibility than Bragg’s case.
Last week, Staggs accused Romney of looking for the favor of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) over the interests of America, following the former Republican politician presidential candidate’s choice to vote in favor of increasing the nation’s debt ceiling,
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) at the Capitol in Washington, May 3, 2023. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Staggs, 49, is among several prospective contenders anticipated to place themselves more conservatively than Romney– who he described as a “millionaire from Massachusetts” who relocated to Utah.
Over the months leading to his official declaration, Staggs had become increasingly more outspoken on a variety of topics.
After revealing his run for the U.S. Senate in Might, Staggs charged that Romney “does not represent most Utahns,” which he might no longer sit by and enjoy as Romney and Schumer “home loan my kids’s future.”
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“This person votes to include trillions in spending, votes twice to impeach President Trump, but then reverses and votes to verify people like Open Borders Mayorkas and Radical Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson,” he said, adding “it’s undesirable.”
In March, he promised to avoid the “communist-style social credit history” from guiding Riverton’s investment decisions, as his city unanimously approved a resolution objecting to the use of ecological, social, and governance (ESG) policies in credit ranking firms, investment firms, and other financial institutions.
Consequently, he knocked woke “brainwashing” in the nation’s schools, consisting of the availability of “unsuitable” and “adult” text products, as he called to prioritize students’ “physical, psychological, and spiritual” security.
BREAKING: @MayorStaggs of Riverton, Utah calls out woke school board over improper adult material: “This dirt needs to be removed from our schools … there’s over one hundred volumes. that plainly break the law” pic.twitter.com/l1pBO3dWEz
— ALX (@alx) April 26, 2023
Insisting “there must be no higher concern than our children’s safety; physical, mental, and spiritual,” Staggs said it was his “top task to protect the health and safety of all our residents.”
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