Trump calls Romney a ‘stone cold loser’ after the Utah senator was booed at a Utah GOP conference

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Donald Trump delighted in Romney being booed off stage at a GOP convention, calling him a “stone cold loser.”

  • Donald Trump on Sunday celebrated Sen. Mitt Romney being booed at a Utah GOP convention.
  • Trump called Romney a “stone cold loser” and a “RINO” – an acronym for “Republican in name only.”
  • Romney was booed at the conference hours before an attempt to censure him for voting for Trump’s impeachment failed.
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Former president Donald Trump on Sunday celebrated Sen. Mitt Romney being booed at a GOP convention in Utah, calling Romney a “stone cold loser”.

Trump also again called Romney a “RINO” – an acronym for the term “Republican in name only.”

“So nice to see RINO Mitt Romney booed off the stage at the Utah Republican State Convention. They are among the earliest to have figured this guy out, a stone cold loser!” Trump said in a statement.

Romney was booed by conference-goers at a state Republican Party event, which he attended hours before the Utah GOP voted against a resolution to censure him over his votes to convict Trump during the impeachment trials.

CNN reported that the resolution to censure Romney was submitted by a party delegate from Davis County, Don Guymon. Guymon alleged in the resolution that Romney “consistently publicly criticized President Trump” and that the senator’s comments “not only hurt President Trump’s reelection but hurt other Republicans on the ballot.”

The resolution to censure Romney failed with a vote of 711 to 798.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, conference delegates began booing when Romney started to speak, and flung insults at him from the audience, calling him a “traitor” and a “communist.”

“You know me as a person who says what he thinks, and I don’t hide the fact that I wasn’t a fan of our last president’s character issues,” Romney was heard saying in the video.

“Aren’t you embarrassed?” the senator later asked the crowd, as he struggled to make himself heard amid the booing and shouting.

“I understand that I have a few folks who don’t like me terribly much, and I’m sorry about that. But I express my mind as I believe is right, and I follow my conscience as I believe is right,” Romney added, continuing with his speech after Utah GOP chair Derek Brown stepped in, asking delegates to “show respect.”

Romney has not shied away from criticizing Trump publicly and was the only Senate Republican who voted to convict Trump in both his Senate impeachment trials.

That’s made him a longtime subject of Trump’s scorn. CNBC reported in 2019 that the former president called the 2012 GOP presidential nominee a “pompous ass” and a “fool” for criticizing him.

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The benefits of Biden’s child allowance could be worth 8 times its cost, new report finds

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President Joe Biden.

  • A new report found that the benefits of Joe Biden’s proposed child allowance is worth eight times its cost.
  • The benefits include money back to taxpayers that would result from increases in childrens’ health and earnings.
  • Expanding child credits to reduce child poverty has received bipartisan support.
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As part of his $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, President Joe Biden proposed a conversion of the current child tax credit to a fully refundable child allowance. A new study suggests that would generate about $800 billion in benefits to society.

The report – released on Feb. 18 by the Center on Poverty and Social Policy at Columbia University – found that Biden’s proposal to create a fully refundable child allowance of $3,600 per child aged 0-5, and $3,000 per child aged 6-17, would cost about $100 billion annually, but with $800 billion in benefits.

“With the exceptions of child protective services, criminal justice services, and parent longevity, there are at least two studies for each impact,” the report said. “Together, the impact estimates present a strong and coherent set of results; child allowances are a winning investment in our children’s future mobility.”

Of the $100 billion spent on the child allowances each year, about 60% would go to families with incomes under $50,000, 22% would go to families making between $50,000 and $100,000, and the remaining funds would be distributed to higher income families, according to the report.

Under the current US provided child tax credits, roughly two-thirds of families receive $2,000 per child, but one-third of children are in families whose incomes are too low to receive any credit. The report said that the phasing out of the allowances based on incomes is important because “both common sense and research suggest that children and parents in middle- and upper-income families see their outcomes improve less from an equal increase in family income than do children and parents in lower-income families.”

Here are the benefits to society that would stem from Biden’s child allowance, according to the report:

  • Children’s future earnings increase by $80.6 billion, causing a $16.9 billion reduction in taxpayer costs;
  • Increases in children’s health gives taxpayers $32 billion in savings in healthcare costs;
  • And taxpayers experience gains of $15.1 billion from reductions in child protective service use and criminal justice costs.

And even when generating results for the most restrictive assumptions to show any possible negative impact from the child allowance, the report still found that societal benefits would yield $431.3 billion per year.

“As policymakers consider which social programs to expand, research like this demonstrates the power of programs that directly boost family incomes,” a Niskansen Center blog on the report said. “At this point, the case for a child allowance from both a social and economic perspective couldn’t be clearer.”

According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, America has one of the highest child poverty rates in the world, and addressing child poverty has received bipartisan support. For example, Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah proposed a plan to provide up to $350 in monthly child benefits, which has a larger price tag than Biden’s plan.

Romney said in a statement: “Now is the time to renew our commitment to families to help them meet the challenges they face as they take on most important work any of us will ever do – raising our society’s children.”

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Mitt Romney tears into Republicans who are threatening to protest the Electoral College vote that will confirm Biden’s election victory

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  • Sen. Mitt Romney said it would “madness” for Republicans to protest the Electoral College vote that would certify president-elect Joe Biden’s win. 
  • “We have a process, recounts are appropriate, going to the court is approp & pursuing every legal avenue is appropriate, but trying to get electors not to do what the people voted to do is madness,” Romney said. 
  • Since the election, President Donald Trump’s campaign as well as a number of Republicans have waged several lawsuits in multiple states seeking to overturn the results.
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Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah ripped into Republicans who are threatening to protest the Electoral College vote calling any attempt “madness.”

“This is madness. We have a process, recounts are appropriate, going to the court is approp & pursuing every legal avenue is appropriate, but trying to get electors not to do what the people voted to do is madness,” Romney told Frank Thorp of NBC News. 

A spokesperson for Romney confirmed his statement to Business Insider. 

President Donald Trump’s campaign as well as a number of Republicans have waged lawsuits in multiple states seeking to overturn the results. President-elect Joe Biden was declared the winner after winning enough states to secure more the 270 needed electoral votes. It took weeks for Trump to allow Biden’s transition. 

“It would be saying, ‘Look, let’s not follow the vote of the people, let’s instead do it what we want, that would not be the way a democratic republic ought to work,” Romney said. 

On Tuesday, The Supreme Court rejected a request from Rep. Mike Kelly and a group of Pennsylvania state legislators to block the state’s certification of its election results.

December 8 is the”safe harbor” deadline, which means that while states are not required to certify their results by then if they do so those results are final and must be accepted by Congress. December 14 is the date set for the Electoral College to meet to formally certify Biden’s win. 

After electors in each state meet to certify their results, they send certificates of their vote to their state’s chief election official, the National Archives, and the current president of the Senate, Business Insider’s Grace Panetta reported

On January 6th, the current Vice President will preside over a joint session of Congress to finalize the vote. If no member objects to the results in writing, then the results would be officially certified. 

Some members of the House of Representatives who are Trump allies have said they would challenge some state’s electoral votes during the joint session. However, both a member of the House and a member of the Senate must vote to challenge a state’s electors, and if that happens both the House and Senate would have to deliberate on whether to accept the electors or not. 

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