Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) wears a disguise while out in public so he can hide from supporters of President Donald Trump, according to a new book.
The new book by two New York Times reporters reveals that Romney wears the disguise when he is out for dinner with his wife in Palm Beach, Florida.
According to “This Will Not Pass” by Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns, Romney wears hats to conceal his identity in the wealthy area where the Utah senator owns a vacation home.
According to The Salt Lake Tribune, “Romney’s wife, Ann, told the authors Trump’s grip on the party and the hatred toward Mitt from his supporters gave her severe doubts about whether any of their five sons could ever run for elected office as Republicans.”
Romney also had a fake Twitter account which he used to praise himself until a reporter sleuthed it out.
From USA Today:
Sen. Mitt Romney laughed off being outed as the owner of an anonymous Twitter account, telling USA TODAY in an interview that he didn’t put much thought into the account’s name when his son created it for him eight years ago.
Twitter user Pierre Delecto was found out to be Romney after the Utah senator and GOP presidential candidate mentioned using a private account to follow what was happening on the social media website.
It didn’t take long for Slate reporter Ashley Feinberg, who also outed former FBI Director James Comey’s secret account, to discover Delecto was in fact Romney.
During a 30-minute interview with USA TODAY, Romney said the account was set up by his son, Matt, in 2011. He says it was used mainly to browse what was being discussed and read news articles.“
I think I had eight people who were following me, so it’s not like I was shaping public opinion,” he added.
Romney did reply to some tweets, both from journalists and colleagues in Congress, sticking up for himself or offering his opinion on issues.
It’s not uncommon for politicians to use Twitter to get their views across or reply to journalists or colleagues or even stick up for themselves – but Romney’s use of an anonymous account was peculiar.
When asked why he chose to hide behind a fake account, Romney said it wasn’t meant to cause a stir or anything, but rather “simply to listen and to hear what was going on.”
While many took apart the name Pierre Delecto hoping to find a deeper meaning in why Romney chose it for his alter-ego, Romney says he didn’t put a ton of thought into it.
“You know, like with passwords, you think OK, what’s my password gonna be,” he said. “It’s like whatever comes to your mind. Pierre, OK. Delecto means delightful.”