Mitt Romney is being mocked today for an odd aside about his favorite meats, in which he assured voters that his favorite type of meat is the humble hot dog.
From a Washington Examiner profile:
“My favorite meat is hot dog, by the way. That is my favorite meat,” he told a gathering of supporters as they joined him recently for a casual dinner organized by his campaign. “My second favorite meat is hamburger. And, everyone says, oh, don’t you prefer steak? It’s like, I know steaks are great, but I like hot dog best, and I like hamburger next best.”
Romney endeared himself, somewhat, to Trump opponents when he denounced Trump in a speech that included the lines, “dishonesty is Donald Trump’s hallmark” and “There’s plenty of evidence that Mr. Trump is a con man, a fake.” But the temporary Romney fans of 2016 said his embrace of hot dogs and eschewing of steak seemed, if not fake, at least a little heavy handed.
President Trump, of course, is known to love steak, with ketchup. Was Romney, who is worth $250 million, trying to cast himself as a common man compared to the president, whose net worth is a black-box mystery? Romney launched his current campaign to represent Utah in the Senate with shots at Trump, so despite that infamous dinner with Trump about the possibility of Romney becoming secretary of state, they don’t seem to be on the same page.
And what did they eat at that dinner? Neither steak nor hot dogs, according to a statement provided to reporters at the time. They didn’t even compromise and have Romney’s second-favorite meat, hamburger.
Sadly, they had to content themselves with “young garlic soup with thyme and sautéed frog legs, and diver scallops with caramelized cauliflower and caper-raisin emulsion as appetizers,” CNN reported.
Just regular-guy food.
Here are a few Twitter reactions to Romney’s embrace of hot dogs:
Ted Cruz rolled his eyes as he saw all the commentary about Mitt Romney's hot dog remarks.
"Man is my favorite meat."
From down in the well, Paul Ryan could hear the cackling. He had lost track of the days. Months maybe.
"Zodiac," he whispered.
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) May 4, 2018
When you're definitely not an alien skin suit, but a normal human person who eats food https://t.co/TlLB2CGlBU
— Gabriella Paiella (@GMPaiella) May 4, 2018
mitt romney has never eaten a hot dog in his life https://t.co/wnF3jxT1RE
— Katherine Krueger (@kath_krueger) May 4, 2018
Mitt Romney's Favorite Meats:
1. Hot dog
3. Chicken nugget
6. Country-Western Music
7. Love? Am I pronouncing that right?
8. Definitely not human, where would you even get that idea? I shall laugh boisterously now.
— matt tobey (@mtobey) May 4, 2018
Mitt Romney says his favorite meat is hot dog followed by hamburger. Mr. Moneybags is trying way too hard to connect with the all of us commoners.
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) May 4, 2018
Mitt Romney or my 4-year-old niece? “My favorite meat is hot dog, by the way. That is my favorite meat … I like hot dog best, and I like hamburger next best.” https://t.co/yOoYxJ9LhD
— Lisa Tozzi (@lisatozzi) May 4, 2018