Donald Trump once told British billionaire Richard Branson over dinner that he was determined to spend the rest of his life seeking revenge. Branson was puzzled, he didn’t know if this was a bad joke, a veiled threat or if Trump had totally lost it and was speaking gibberish. It didn’t take long for Branson to figure out that Trump was serious.
Trump is a man driven by vengeance, bitterness, petty squabbles and is not willing to let go of any slight no matter how minor or insignificant it is. If you criticize his policies, forget to compliment his “tremendous” speeches or call him out when he makes a mistake, you have just created an enemy for life and he will look out for any opportunity to strike hard at you no matter how long it takes.
He will look for an opportunity to destroy you, embarrass you, shame you and publicly humiliate you.
Mitt Romney unwittingly found himself a victim of such malicious and cruel behaviour, falling into Trump’s well-laid trap without even knowing. Romney criticized Trump during the 2016 Presidential campaigns for his nationalist rhetoric, for his racially charged language and for his lack of a moral compass.
Trump was the under-dog at the start and his position looked weak compared to the political heavy-weight he was running against. There was Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Ben Carson among others. It was a totally crowded field but only Trump behaved awkwardly and strangely.
His inflammatory speeches, racially charged language, threats to ban Muslims from entry into the US, promises to build a wall between the US and Mexico (It was a crazy dumb and unbelievable idea back then!) all made him appear somewhat like a buffoon.
When Trump insulted an American Muslim family who had lost their US marine son in Iraq, many Republicans thought Trump had gone too far.
And when the Access Hollywood tape in which Trump spoke of grabbing women by the p*ssy and boasted of forcing himself on women was released, many even in the Republican Party distanced themselves from him.
It was then that Mitt Romney made a statement, and rightly so given the circumstances, that “Trump was not fit to be President of the United States of America.”
Surprisingly, with a little help from the Russians, Trump went on to win and become President even though he lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes.
Mitt Romney, like many others was shocked but respected the American Democratic system as it was and pledged to work with the new President, to put party and country above personal differences.
As President-elect, Trump started his mischievous plotting and dirty tricks behind the scenes immediately. First, Trump’s transitional team “leaked” to the Press that Mitt Romney was to be picked to become Secretary of State. The story hit the airwaves immediately and also spread across the internet. Mitt Romney, reached by curious reporters, happily said he’d be happy to serve the President in any capacity.
As if to confirm the “Secretary of State” rumours spreading like wild fire, Trump immediately Mitt Romney to a very high profile and public dinner, and the rumours now went into over drive.
Immediately, the media was referring to Mitt Romney as the “Secretary of State nominee” and all of America knew his job was secure.
The dinner, at Trump International Hotel was spectacular according to the media who were invited to chronicle the event. Then President elect Trump, Secretary of State nominee Mitt Romney sat down to eat and were joined by Republican National Committee chairman Reince Preibus.
The three men ordered a young garlic soup with thyme, frog legs, scallops and some cauli flower on the side for starters. Trump and Priebus ordered Sirloin with carrots as their main course while Romney ordered lamb chops with mushroom sauce. The trio all had chocolate cake(Trump’s favourite) for dessert.
Trump exited the hotel with a mischievous smile on his face. He had played his cards, played the media and played the “Secretary of State nominee”.
Romney addressed reporters in the lobby and said he had had “a wonderful evening” with Trump.
Romney didn’t know at the time that Trump had just rubbed it in his face and publicly humiliated him. Trump also wanted Romney to make a statement to the press and he didn’t disappoint!
“We had discussions about affairs through out the world and these discussions I have had with him have been very enlightening and interesting and engaging. I have enjoyed them very, very much,” Romney said.
“By the way, it’s not easy winning. I know that myself. He did something I was trying to do and was unsuccessful in accomplishing. He won the general election. And he continues with a message of inclusion and bringing people together and his vision is something which obviously connected with the American people in a very powerful way,” the Secretary of State nominee said.
Mitt Romney has never heard from Trump ever since the “wonderful dinner”!