The Republican nominee in the 2012 presidential election, Mitt Romney, is one of the few Republican senators to notably break with President Donald Trump.
Romney has denounced Trump's rhetoric before and famously voted to convict the President for one of the articles of impeachment against him in the Senate trial earlier this year.
But with the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last week, Senator Romney has reminded Americans that he is still a Republican.
Most Senate Republicans have completely reversed the position they took when former President Barack Obama nominated a replacement for the late Justice Antonin Scalia in 2016, asserting that it was too close to the 2016 election.
With Ginsburg dead only six weeks before the 2020 election, Romney has since said that he would consider Trump's nomination, despite its proximity to the election, potentially assuring yet another Trump Supreme Court Justice.
He issued a statement on Twitter.
Days later—in a White House Press Briefing—Donald Trump wouldn't commit to a peaceful transition of power if he were to lose the 2020 election to Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
Amid reports that the Trump campaign was considering a scam tactic to retain power even in the face of a loss, Trump said that when it came to accepting election results:
"Well we're gonna have to see what happens."
The Presidents' historical willingness to cede power to a successor is a key component in the longevity of American democracy. Trump's refusal to commit to accepting election results sparked outcry.
Romney issued a statement denouncing it.
Romney called Trump's words "unthinkable and unacceptable," invoking Belarus—where citizen protests continue against an election largely believed to be rigged.
Romney's unequivocal rebuke of Trump's statements seemed at odds with his willingness to confirm Trump's Supreme Court nominee.
Trump's comments led others to emphasize the importance of the election and to prepare for his refusal to vacate the office.
Trump said on Wednesday that he believes the Supreme Court will end up ruling on the 2020 election results.