Sen. Mitt Romney took to Twitter Saturday morning after President Donald Trump granted clemency to former Republican operative Roger Stone:

Deseret News readers were quick to respond to Romney’s comments — labeling the Utah Senator “a true American patriot,” “a disaster” and much in between.

He called corruption what it is

Thanks to Sen. Mitt Romney for having the courage to call the commutation of Roger Stone’s sentence what it is: corruption.

It is the same kind of corruption we have seen in the president’s using the power of his office to punish people who did their duty in testifying before Congress, to co-opt the Justice Department to punish his enemies, to spread lies and innuendo about his opponents when he can get away with it and now to blame Dr. Anthony Fauci for his own failure to manage the government’s pandemic response.

When our elected Republican representatives support the president in these things, or stand by and say nothing, voters have to wonder why they tolerate this behavior.

I am with conservative thinker George Will: We need to vote Donald Trump out, along with his weak-kneed enablers.

Don L. Searle

West Valley City

I won’t vote for Romney again

It is becoming pretty tiresome watching the behavior of Mitt Romney. I voted alongside other Republicans to elect him to the Senate; unfortunately, he fooled us all. He should have run as a Democrat. Why else would he vote to impeach the president of the United States, a Republican president?

Now he is criticizing the president for pardoning or commuting the sentence of Roger Stone. So far President Trump has commuted 10 people. President Obama, during his term in office, commuted over 1,700 people. I don’t recall Mr. Romney complaining about any of those.

Isn’t it time for Romney to move his political affiliation over to the Democrat party?

Isn’t it time for Romney to move his political affiliation over to the Democrat party? Better still, Congress should use their powers to expel him from his office in the Senate. The alternative, if I live long enough, would be to cast my vote against him when he comes up for reelection.

Alan Carabine


Romney is not about America

All my respect for Romney is finally gone. He is not about America. He is not about his party. He is not about the people of Utah. He is only about Romney.

Never turn your back on a man who stabs others in the back.

J.W. Campbell

St. George

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, heads into a Republican policy lunch on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) | Associated Press

We should commend Romney for speaking up

The president of our United States of America has commuted the prison sentence of 40 months for Roger Stone, a convicted felon. Stone attempted to cover the trail of President Donald Trump and close associates in relation to Russian dealings in support of his election in 2016. Roger Stone’s conviction by a jury was for witness tampering, obstructing an official proceeding and five counts of making false statements to investigators.

The former Special Counsel, Robert Mueller, broke his long silence to point out that Roger Stone is still a convicted felon. He stated, “I feel compelled to respond both to broad claims that our investigation was illegitimate and our motives were improper, and to specific claims that Roger Stone was a victim of our office.”

We all should commend our Utah Senator Mitt Romney for speaking up against this attack on our nation’s rule of law by President Donald Trump.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson has requested a copy of Trump’s clemency order.  The original judgement required supervision by probation officers for two years after Stone’s release from prison since he is a felon.

We all should commend our Utah Sen. Mitt Romney for speaking up against this attack on our nation’s rule of law by President Donald Trump.  Commuting the prison sentence of Roger Stone is, in Mitt Romney’s words, “unprecedented, historic corruption.”

Barnard Stewart Silver


Romney and his friends have an agenda

What is wrong with Mitt Romney?  He seems to be wrong on every issue.  And why does he take every opportunity he can to lambaste the president?  Some speculate that he has a personal feud or hatred with Trump, or that he is bitter about being a two-time presidential loser while Trump, who possesses fewer natural political skills than Romney, was elected. 

Romney’s latest castigation of Trump is his pardon of Roger Stone. Yet, in front of his and our very eyes, the greatest historic corruption in U.S. history took place over the last four years. Namely, the collaboration and collusion of the FBI, CIA, Congress and other deep state operatives to attempt to remove the president of the United States through fraud and chicanery.  This unsuccessful coup resulted in the impeachment of Donald Trump by a dishonest and corrupt Congress. Mr. Romney was the lone Republican senator to vote to convict and remove the president from office. Any honest and fair individual, partisan or not, should have been able to see the obvious corruption of this political action but Romney did not. Or, he chose not to.

You may remember the odd, unprovoked, declaration by Romney before the election that Trump was a fraud and a phony. That verbal attack on Trump was Romney’s first attempt to destroy Trump while he was marching towards winning the presidency. And this recent attempt to damage the president won’t be his last. Why? Because Romney and his friends have an agenda.

David Allen Jensen


‘Beyond disgusting’

Mitt Romney is a disaster, and no longer represents most Utah residents. He is better at opposing every positive thing that President Trump does than are most Democrats.  Romney is a hypocrite, a vulture capitalist, and would do better returning to Massachusetts where he would fit in well.   

Mitt Romney is a disaster, and no longer represents most Utah residents. 

Today, he wants Roger Stone in jail, despite the corrupt prosecution, corrupt judge and jury. Romney says nothing about the crimes of Obama, Biden and the Clintons, nor about prior presidents’ last-minute pardon of criminals. Romney’s disgraceful support of President Trump’s staged impeachment is beyond disgusting.

John Paul Wright


A true American patriot

Sen. Mitt Romney’s words regarding the commutation of Roger Stone’s sentence, “unprecedented, historic corruption: an American president commutes the sentence of a person convicted by a jury of lying to shield that very president,” are the words of a true American patriot. The people of Utah must be very proud to have this true American patriot, Sen. Romney, represent them in the United States Senate.

Sen. Romney’s patriotism and leadership reminds us of his own father, Gov. George Romney, who was an exceptional governor of Michigan and a man of great integrity.

Congressman Adam Schiff also condemned the commutation as violating our nation’s belief in the rule of law and justice. Republican senators remain silent on the commutation. What does that silence say to the people of Utah and the American people? What does that silence say to the world regarding the rule of law and justice in the United States?

Is the silence from Republican senators complicity? Republican senators’ silence is deafening and speaks volumes. 

Anh Lê

San Francisco, Calif.