‘Un-American imposter’: Romney cites anti-Obama comments in opposing Trump judicial nominee


When judicial nominee Michael Truncale came up for a vote in the Senate, only one Republican voted against President Donald Trump’s pick.

The judge was confirmed to the Eastern District of Texas with a three-point margin in the GOP-controlled chamber even with Sen. Mitt Romney’s no vote.

In a subsequent explanation to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Utah Republican explained his dissent.

He described the vote as an expression of “frustration by what [he] perceived as a lack of overt patriotism on behalf of President Obama.”

Truncale said in 2011 that he believed Obama was an “un-American imposter.”

The 2012 Republican presidential nominee denounced Truncale’s “particularly disparaging comments about President Obama” in explaining his opposition.

“This was not a matter of qualifications or politics,” Romney said. “This was something specifically to that issue as a former nominee of our party.”

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Chris Agee is an American journalist with more than 15 years of experience in a variety of newsrooms. After a wide-ranging career in print and broadcast media, he served as managing editor of Western Journalism from 2013 to 2017. During that period, the news outlet became one of the 100 most visited websites in the world.

In 2018, he founded Informed Media Group with the goal of providing "information without an agenda." In addition to creating stellar content for third-party publishers, IMG currently operates two of its own properties, Scope News and The Extract.

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