FACT CHECK: Did Mitt Romney Endorse Joe Biden For President?

Matt Noel | Fact Check Reporter

An image shared on Facebook claims Republican Utah Sen. Mitt Romney endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden for president.

Verdict: False

There is no record of Romney endorsing Biden. The claim comes from a satirical news website.

Fact Check:

The claim that Romney endorsed Biden for president is accompanied by a quote attributed to the Utah senator.

“I cannot, in good faith, and with hands raised to Heavenly Father, throw any manner of assistance towards the President and risk having four more years of his ineptitude and sheer criminality screwing over our country,” Romney is quoted as saying. “Joe Biden is at least sane, capable, and not Representative of Nazis and racists. I intend to contribute my, and my State’s efforts to the rising Joementum movement in order to save America from a severely mentally handicapped evil gorilla and his pea-brained followers. Amen.”

Both the quote and the claim come from Daily World Update, a parody news website that describes itself as part of a network that publishes “parody, satire, and tomfoolery.” The article, which puts up the headline “Romney Endorses Joe Biden,” was posted under the “Deep State fan Fiction for the Derp State” category.

The Daily Caller didn’t find any media reports about Romney endorsing Biden in the 2020 presidential election. Biden’s campaign also has not mentioned anything to that effect in a press release, nor has Romney’s office. (RELATED: Viral Image Claims The Constitution Allows The President To Seek Extra Terms If Impeached But Not Removed)

“I’m not planning on endorsing in the presidential race,” Romney told CNN in September 2019. “At this stage, I’m not planning on endorsing in the primary or in the general.”

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