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HORIST: The unmasking of Pierre Delecto

HORIST: The unmasking of  Pierre Delecto

If you do not believe that the American political scene is not operating on the other side of the looking glass, consider such recent events as the controversy over a phrase in a language that has been outside of common use for centuries (referring to quid pro quo, of course),  or President Trump giving a sales pitches for the Trump resort in Florida, or an embittered and deranged Hillary Clinton accusing one of the Democrat presidential candidates of being a witting asset of Vladimir Putin … or the recent emergence of Pierre Delecto as a secret anti-Trump Twitter troll.

Who, you say?

It has been recently revealed that tweeter Pierre Delecto is none other than Utah Senator Mitt Romney.  Even before considering the strategy and propriety of a secret Twitter account by a high-ranking public official, we can only wonder how and why Romney chose a name that sounds like a character in a counterculture movie.  Perhaps he chose a French name because those Brahmins have long considered the use of an occasional French phrase as a badge of sophistication and class.

More importantly, what was the purpose of the hitherto anonymous Twitter account?  Just from its output, it had two purposes.  One was to bestow “likes” on other anti-Trump tweets.  The second purpose was to praise or defend … Mitt Romney.  That’s right.  Mitt Romney created a phony Twitter account to serve as a Mitt Romney superfan.  Does the word “cheesy” come to mind?  One can only wonder if the Utah senator had learned this social media deception from the Russians.

The revelation of Romney’s secret Twitter account comes at the time when the real Mitt Romney has entered the media spotlight as a leading Republican critic of the President – taking up a role that was vacated when Arizona Senator Jeff Flake retired rather than face ignominious defeat in the 2018 Republican primary.

While Romney projects himself as a political statesman, his record would suggest political opportunist.  For sure, he has the Hollywood casting look of a senator, but inside beats the heart of an ambitious political hack.  Rather than a continuity of principles and beliefs, Romney is the expedient man-of-the-moment.

You will recall how he proudly enacted an Obamacare-like healthcare programs when governor of Massachusetts only to vilify Obamacare – which was highly unpopular with Republicans across the nation — when he ran for President in 2012.

Romney’s opinion of Trump seems to fluctuate depending on the benefit to … Romney.  We can recall how he was among the most severe critics of candidate Trump – calling him a phony, a fraud and a few other pejoratives.

When Trump got elected and dangled the Secretary of State post in front of Romney, the former governor and failed presidential candidate turned into a lap dog – visiting and complimenting Trump during the transition period.  Then there was that chummy dinner in an upscale restaurant.

With encouragement from Trump, Romney decided to run for the Senate from Utah – where his Mormon religion would play well.  Romney happily – at least on the surface – accepted Trump’s support and was elected.

As he entered the Senate, Romney flipped again – but it turned out to be more of a flop.  On the eve of Romney’s swearing-in as the junior senator from Utah, he penned a scathing editorial … in the Washington Post, no less.  It was Romney’s only ad hominin criticism of Trump since those days when he was humping the President-elect’s leg to get the Secretary of State job.  It was a gratuitous attack at a time when celebration and unity might have been more appropriate.  Perhaps it was bitterness.

Trump responded.

“Here we go with Mitt Romney, but so fast! Question will be, is he a [Jeff] Flake? I hope not. Would much prefer that Mitt focus on Border Security and so many other things where he can be helpful. I won big, and he didn’t. He should be happy for all Republicans. Be a TEAM player & WIN!,”

One can only wonder how Pierre Delecto would react if Trump were to invite Romney to replace Mike Pence as the vice-presidential candidate.  My guess is “Woof!  Woof!”

So, there ‘tis.

About The Author

Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. Linde Barrera

    Mitt Romney is not a Republican in my opinion; he should be a candidate for the “Narcissist” party as his swag and doublespeak fit right into that definition. (And why President Trump even spends 1 minute speaking with Romney I will never know.)

    • Bruce Devido

      Narcistic describes the trumps to a tee. If you do NOT SEE THIS you are a danger to me and the U S future !! Get your head out of the sand and admit you made a grave mistake when you voted for trump in 2016. the U S future !!We all make mistakes. Please leard from yours.

      • Warren A Hall

        Too, too bad for you. 2020 is shaping up to be an absolute massacre to the democrats, regardless of the candidate nominated.Too, too bad for you. 2020 is shaping up to be an absolute massacre to the democrats, regardless of the ated.

  2. JC

    Mitt Romney should resign his senate seat as he is despicable. He is two-faced, dishonest, and not worthy of representing any Americans. It is politicians like this hypocrite that hurts America and he only ran to cause havoc.

    • Bruce Devido

      JC you are the deplorable one. One are enabling the MOST CORRUPT President this country ever had

      • Renegade

        Bruce, try to pull your head out of your demotedrats ass and smell how good this country is doing under Trump. I highly dought your communist ideas would do anything for this country except turn it into another Venizuela.

  3. Bruce Devido

    Actually Romney is more of a Conservative from the original McCain Gingritch Party that had morales. Todays Republicans are more Russian loving. Why else would todays Republican align with trump, who Putin admitted was HIS FAVORITE. Trump would sell out this country in a minute if it would put money in his families pocket and you socalled Republicans would enable him !!l