Romney has been a figure in the Republican Party for a long time, but his reputation has been questioned as of late.
Romney distinguished himself as being one of the few never-Trump Republicans who actually stuck to his guns post-election. Romney has called the president a "con man" and "a fake," and denounced Trump after he refused to condemn white supremacists in Charlottesville. Romney also warned Republicans against supporting Alabama Senate candidate and alleged child molester Roy Moore, stating "no majority is worth losing our honor."
In the Trump era, many view Romney as the Republican Party's last hope. But Trump's defenders accuse Romney of being a RINO (Republican in name only) and think Romney needs to get on the Trump train or get out of the way.
But as much as Romney tries to portray himself as a never-Trumper, some have also accused him of being a hypocrite. Romney famously held a fundraiser with Trump at the height of the racist birther movement. And does anyone remember his groveling to be Trump's Secretary of State? Romney carries a lot of political baggage with him wherever he goes, so it's hard to say whether or not he should stay in politics.
Given the Republican Party's many problematic figures, Romney feels like a breath of fresh air to many.
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