It’s been quite a week for 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
But since then, Trump supporters and surrogates ― and now even his campaign director ― have taken jabs at the former Massachusetts governor.
Kellyanne Conway joined the crowd on Thanksgiving, throwing shade at Romney with a duo of tweets:
Romney may fall short of the mark when it comes to loyalty. He was a strong critic of Trump throughout the election cycle. He called the New York City businessman a “phony” and denounced him and his “degradations” after a tape emerged in which Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women.
When conservative blogger and talk-radio host Erick Erickson said in response to Conway’s tweet that Romney would provide stability as secretary of state and be a “calming effect internationally,” Conway didn’t capitulate but she did praise the diversity of the Republican Party.
The Thanksgiving tweets follow questions from Trump surrogates about whether Romney should be given such a prominent position in the administration.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) questioned Romney’s loyalty on “Fox and Friends” Wednesday and expressed concern that the former nominee’s presidential aspirations might interfere with him working for a President Trump.
On Friday, Fox News’ Ed Henry reported that officials in the Trump camp want Romney to make a public apology for his comments during the campaign in exchange for the Cabinet position.
Former New York Mayor Rudi Giuliani has emerged as Romney’s main rival for the role, despite concerns that the 72-year-old’s web of foreign business ties could lead to potential conflicts of interest.
Giuliani has made his interest in the role known to Trump, according to The New York Times, and a faction of the president-elect’s inner circle would prefer Giuliani, who has remained loyal to the campaign throughout, above the former Massachusetts governor.
This post has been updated with reports that Trump’s team wants Romney to apologize in exchange for the position.