Donald Trump Praises Democratic Unity: 'You Never See a Mitt Romney Going Rogue'

Former President Donald Trump praised "admirable" Democratic unity and took aim at some inside the GOP, saying its liberal rivals "don't have a Mitt Romney going rogue."

Trump appeared on Fox News' Revolution with Steve Hilton following his CPAC speech on Sunday and hit out at Republicans he accused of splitting the party.

He focused on Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Ben Sasse (R-NE), who were among the seven Republicans that voted to convict Trump at his second impeachment trial.

The 45th U.S. president also praised Democrats for "sticking together" and said he wanted Republicans to put their differences aside ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.

He said: "The Democrats, they're smart, they're vicious, very vicious. What they say and what they do is just terrible. And they have one other thing, that is very admirable, and I wish Republicans had more of it.

"The Democrats, you never see a Mitt Romney going rogue, which you see him all the time or a little Ben Sasse of Nebraska, great state, great people. How this guy even represents them is just crazy.

"He wanted my endorsement so badly. The moment he got through the primaries with my endorsement he goes rogue, which I sort of expected frankly. You've got to know your customer.

"But, you take a look at some of the people and Democrats don't have that. They stick together."

Trump continued: "What they don't have is good policies, they have horrible policy...So they are vicious and smart and they stick together, but they have horrible policies. And the policy really more than makes up for it, we're going to have a tremendous success."

While Trump claimed the Democrats had greater unity than the Republicans, the party faced a major stumbling block last week when Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) said he would not support the nomination of Neera Tanden for Director of the Office of Management and Budget over comments she had made about his Senate colleagues on social media.

The Senate is split 50-50 between the Democratic caucus and the Republicans, with Vice President Kamala Harris holding the tie-breaker vote, giving Democrats the majority,

In the same 18-minute Revolution with Steve Hilton segment, Trump again rubbished any claims he would run as a third-party candidate as "fake news" and would be actively backing Republicans in the 2022 election cycle.

And while the former president would not be drawn on whether he would run to be the Republican nominee in 2024, Trump said he was gauging public opinion.

He added: "Well, if you just look at what just came out of the Republican Party, and even separately CPAC, you look at the sort of numbers, the support is tremendous. But, we'll have to see."

Romney last week conceded the 2024 primary was Trump's to lose and that he held the upper hand as the Republicans look to redefine themselves following the election of President Joe Biden.

Speaking at the DealBook/D.C Policy Project conference on February 23, Romney said: "Will president Trump continue to play a role in my party? I'm sure he will. He has by far the largest voice and a big impact in my party. I don't know if he'll run in 2024 or not, but if he does I'm pretty sure he will win the nomination."

Newsweek has approached Mitt Romeny and Ben Sasse for comment.

Trump called for Republican unity
Donald Trump called for Republican unity in order to beat the Democrats in the future. In this photo former U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held in the Hyatt Regency on February 28, 2021 Joe Raedle/Getty