Senator Mitt Romney claims that his Republican colleagues would have voted to impeach the former President Donald Trump but were too afraid of what his supporters might do to their families.

The revelation comes via author McKay Coppins, who discussed his biography titled, “Romney: A Reckoning,’ with Vanity Fair contributor Brian Stelter.

It’s good to see that Stelter was able to land on his feet somewhere after being released by CNN. He’s always seemed a bit wobbly.

Anyway, back to the matter at hand.

Coppins told Stelter that in his many interviews with Romney, the junior Senator from Utah revealed that other GOP lawmakers would have voted to impeach or convict Trump as he did, but something held them back.

The author said he heard “story after story” about “Republican members of Congress, Republican senators, who at various points wanted to vote for impeachment — vote to convict Trump or vote to impeach Trump — and decided not to, not because they thought he was innocent, but because they were afraid for their family’s safety.”

“They were afraid of what Trump supporters might do to them or to their families,” Coppins continued.

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Romney: Republicans Are Afraid Of Trump Supporters

Romney’s comments have “deplorable” vibes to it. Fellow Republicans who don’t want to have to deal with the “unwashed masses” that are Trump supporters.

Wouldn’t it be nice to know which of the congressmen or congresswomen live their lives in fear of what actual conservative voters might do? It’d be a good indicator of that person’s spine or lack thereof.

Coppins, dismayed by what Romney had told him asked, “How long can the American project last if elected officials from one of the major parties are making their political decisions based on fear of physical violence from their constituents?”

Bro, the American project has been going down the drain the last few years because not enough Republicans are afraid of being held accountable by their voters. Not violence. Accountability.

Former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) got a taste of accountability recently. That’s what they should be afraid of, not some made-up narrative about “violent Trump supporters.”

My God, Romney is such a namby-pamby, boomer rube.

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Romney Wore A Fake Disguise To Hide From Trump Supporters

Whether or not it’s true that other Republicans were terrified of Trump supporters, Romney himself certainly was. You may recall he sometimes wore a disguise in public just to avoid them.

And by “disguise” we mean he wears a hat when out and about. Clark Kent’s glasses think his undercover game is weak.

Hell, Romney was so desperate that he tried to avoid Trump supporters online as well, creating a secret X profile (Twitter at the time) to attack President Trump using the name, Pierre Delecto … International Man of Mystery.

We added that last part, but it seemed to fit.

Romney announced last month that he would not seek reelection to the Senate.

In an interview with CBS Evening News anchor Norah O’Donnell, the weak-kneed Republican complained about not having a home in today’s political landscape.

“I don’t really have a home in my party … I come from a tradition of, you know, Ronald Reagan, and George Herbert Walker Bush, and George W. Bush, and John McCain,” he said.

“That’s the party I’ve come from. And I don’t recognize that in the great majority of our party today,” he added. “And that, for me, is very troubling.”

Romney also described Trump as a “whack job” to Coppins after the GOP frontrunner called him “a total loser that only a mother could love.”

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Caulfield Cup-winning jockey Mark Zahra has been handed a seven-meet suspension and fined $50,000 by Racing Victoria stewards for breaching whip rules in the group one race.

Zahra used his whip nine times before the 100-metre mark – four more times than what is permitted – for a total of 13 lashes.

He has deferred his suspension to start at midnight after the Cox Plate, in which he is set to ride Gold Trip.

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After claiming the Caulfield Cup, Zahra opened up on the agonising reaction he had when learning he would be up against Gold Trip, whom he won the Melbourne Cup with last year.

Zahra took out the Caulfield Cup riding Without A Fight, beating out West Wind Blows and Gold Trip in a thrilling finish.

The victory capped a dramatic 24 hours after Without A Fight failed his initial veterinary assessment on Thursday. It was thought he could be withdrawn from the race after displaying lameness, with concern for his front left leg.

Having achieved success with Gold Trip previously, Zahra had the choice to ride either horse before settling on Without A Fight.

Gold Trip was ridden by Ben Melham in Zahra’s absence.

It is not known which horse Zahra will choose to mount moving forward with both horses set to compete in the Cox Plate and the Melbourne Cup.

“I had to give myself an uppercut on Thursday because I didn’t sleep Wednesday night just thinking about it,” Zahra told Seven after his Caulfield Cup win.

“It was like someone stealing your missus, someone else getting the ride on Gold Trip. I was a bit shattered.

“I thought, ‘He’s my horse, we’ve won the Melbourne Cup, I have a great bond with him’.

“I have an emotional bond with him that I don’t have with any other horse, Gold Trip, and then I wasn’t on him.

“Then on Thursday, I thought, ‘What the F are you doing?’ You picked this horse, after the last start I said to (trainer) Sam Freedman, ‘I think he will win the Caulfield Cup’.

“I said (to myself), ‘Time to stop worrying about Gold Trip, focus on Without A Fight’.”

Despite the injury scare to Without A Fight in the lead-up to the Caulfield Cup, Zahra said he was always confident the horse would be right to go.

“Then the vet stuff came up but I was always confident that he would pass as (father-and-son training team) Sam and Anthony (Freedman) said,” he said.

“He didn’t have any problems, he is just a lazy trotter. By Friday my head was finally right, I went through the form with (punter) Mark Hunter and we sorted it out, I got the (barrier) spot I wanted and he was too strong.”

Without A Fight was Zahra’s second Caulfield Cup winner after his win on Verry Elleegant in 2020.

Caulfield Cup 2023 top 5 finishing order

1. Without A Fight

2. West Wind Blows

3. Gold Trip

4. Bois D’Argent

5. Right You Are

6. Valiant King

The Masters has allowed LIV Golf rebels to contest this year’s showpiece event, but they have been delivered one slap-down ahead of the opening round.

Of the 88 players set to take the tee at Augusta National from Thursday night (AEST), 18 of those have jumped ship to sign with the controversial Saudi-backed tour, and been blacklisted by the PGA Tour in the process.

Making this week’s opening major of 2023 even more awkward is the fact nine of the last 19 Masters have been won by players now aligned with LIV.

The 2023 Masters Tournament will be live on Nine from April 7-10 and on 9Now from April 6.

Phil Mickelson (2004, 2006, 2010), Charl Schwartzel (2011), Bubba Watson (2012, 2014), Sergio Garcia (2017), Patrick Reed (2018), and Dustin Johnson (2020) have all donned the famous green jacket, while fellow rebels Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau, Cameron Smith, and Louis Oosthuizen have all won majors previously, but never at Augusta.

Still, despite the host of superstars available on that list, the Masters have opted not to pair any of them with non-LIV current top-50 ranked players for the opening round of the tournament.

On top of that, the “featured groups” for round one – which viewers can opt to follow exclusively on special broadcast channels – do not feature any LIV Golf athletes.

The message from Augusta is clear – we’ll allow you to play, but don’t expect to get any air time if we can help it.


Masters legends Tom Watson, Gary Player, and Jack Nicklaus will hit their ceremonial tee shots at 9.40pm on Thursday (AEST).

The first group of players will tee off at Augusta National at 10pm and the tournament will go for four days.

Weather permitting, the champion will be crowned on Monday morning, normally some time between 9am and 10am (AEST).


The 2023 Masters tournament will be broadcast live in Australia on 9Gem and streamed live on 9Now.

Gem will broadcast the par-3 competition from 5am on Thursday (AEST).

The 2023 Masters Tournament will be live on Nine from April 7-10 and on 9Now from April 6.

All four rounds of the Masters will then be broadcast on Gem from 5am Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and from 4am on Monday.

9Now will have three separate live streams following the action on various parts of the course from start of play each day.

One stream will follow the two featured groups, another will follow the action from famous Amen Corner, and the third will exclusively broadcast holes 15 and 16.

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The 2023 Masters prizemoney pool totals $22.2 million (AUD).

The winner pockets 18 per cent of that, or about $4 million, on top of taking home a trophy and the iconic green jacket.

Second place pockets 10.8 per cent, and the share decreases gradually down to 50th which pockets 0.25 per cent of the pool.

The field will begin with 88 players, and after two rounds will be cut to 50 players plus ties.

All players who miss the cut will be paid about $14,800.


The event began at Augusta National in 1934, although originally it was named the Augusta National Invitational.

By 1940 it had been coined the Masters and became one of the premier golf tournaments around the world.

These days it’s fair to argue it is the most prestigious event on the professional circuit.

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Bookmakers have two clear favourites at the top of the market for this year’s tournament – Scottie Scheffler and Rory McIlroy.

Scheffler has been the hottest golfer in the world over the last 18 months, and is the defending Masters champion having held off a McIlroy charge at Augusta last year.

Veteran Irish champion McIlroy has four majors to his name, but none since 2014, and has never donned the green jacket.

He was runner-up in last year’s Masters, and was favourite to win the British Open before being overrun by Aussie Cameron Smith, who lifted the claret jug before defecting to LIV.

Scheffler and McIlory are the top two ranked golfers on the OWGR, ahead of Spanish star Jon Rahm who bookmakers rate the next best chance to take the title this year.

The 2023 Masters Tournament will be live on Nine from April 7-10 and on 9Now from April 6.

Smith is arguably the biggest threat from the 18-strong LIV contingent, having won last year’s Players Championship and British Open and been in contention at Augusta before dropping away in the final round.

He is still ranked No.6 in the world despite defecting to the rebel tour, where he can’t accumulate any ranking points.


Five Australians will contest this year’s Masters.

Joining LIV rebel Smith will be 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott, Jason Day, Min Woo Lee, and amateur Harrison Crowe.

Smith is rated by bookmakers as the fifth best chance to win the title – behind only Scheffler, McIlroy, Rahm, and Jordan Spieth.

Day – who won the 2015 PGA Championship – has been in purple form this year without winning a tournament.

The 35-year-old hasn’t won on the PGA Tour since 2018 but this season has finished six events inside the top-10, and has only missed two cuts from 13 tournaments.

Lee, 24, is a rising star of Aussie golf and looms as a smoky to be in contention on Monday.

He shocked the Players Championship in March when he shot a round-three 66 and finished the tournament tied sixth, with eight-under-par.

Scott, 42, has one top-25 finish from six events this year.


There have been 55 different players don the famous green jacket in the tournament’s history.

Jack Nicklaus sits alone at the top of the perch, his six wins unmatched to date (he won in 1963, ’65, ’66, ’72, ’75, and ’86).

Tiger Woods has won it five times – the first in 1997 and the latest a stunning comeback victory in 2019 – and he is the only current player within reach of the Nicklaus record.

Arnold Palmer won it four times in the space of eight years, his last in 1964.

Phil Mickelson, who has won the Masters three times and has been Woods’ greatest rival throughout his incredible career, is back in the field in 2023 after missing last year’s event for the first time since 1994.

Woods is the youngest player to ever win the jacket, being 21 years, three months, and 14 days old when he lifted the trophy in 1997.

The oldest winner was Nicklaus in 1986 at 46 years, two months, and 23 days.

2022 Scottie Scheffler

2021 Hideki Matsuyama

2020 Dustin Johnson

2019 Tiger Woods

2018 Patrick Reed

2017 Sergio Garcia

2016 Danny Willett

2015 Jordan Spieth

2014 Bubba Watson

2013 Adam Scott

2012 Bubba Watson


*All times in AEST. Australian players in bold

Thursday, 10pm: Kevin Na, Mike Weir

10.12pm: Matthew McClean, Vijay Singh, Scott Stallings

10.24pm: Talor Gooch, Jason Kokrak, Sandy Lyle

10.36pm: Fred Couples, Russell Henley, Alex Noren

10.48pm Kevin Kisner, Adrian Meronk, Louis Oosthuizen

11pm: Harrison Crowe, Min Woo Lee, Larry Mize

11.12pm: Sergio Garcia, Kazuki Higa, Keith Mitchell

11.24pm: Patrick Reed, Adam Svensson, Sahith Theegala

11.36pm: Mackenzie Hughes, Shane Lowry, Thomas Pieters

11.48pm: Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira, Seamus Power, Bubba Watson

Friday, 12.06am: Abraham Ancer, Keegan Bradley, Chris Kirk

12.18am: Viktor Hovland, Xander Schauffele, Tiger Woods

12.30am: Patrick Cantlay, Kurt Kitayama, Adam Scott

12.42am: Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Cameron Young

12.54am: Sungjae Im, Hideki Matsuyama, Cameron Smith

1.06am: Cameron Champ, Jose Maria Olazabal

1.18am: Taylor Moore, Aldrich Potgieter, Charl Schwartzel

1.30am: Bryson DeChambeau, Francesco Molinari, JT Poston

1.42am: Ben Carr, Bernhard Langer, Mito Pereira

1.54am: Brooks Koepka, Danny Willett, Gary Woodland

2.12am: Kyoung-Hoon Lee, Sepp Straka, Harold Varner III

2.24am: Tom Hoge, Si Woo Kim, Phil Mickelson

2.36am: Harris English, Ryan Fox, Billy Horschel

2.48am: Jason Day, Zach Johnson, Gordon Sargent

3am: Brian Harman, Tyrrell Hatton, Joaquin Niemann

3.12am: Corey Conners, Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose

3.24am: Matt Fitzpatrick, Collin Morikawa, Will Zalatoris

3.36am: Sam Bennett, Max Homa, Scottie Scheffler

3.48am: Sam Burns, Tom Kim, Rory McIlroy

4am: Tony Finau, Tommy Fleetwood, Jordan Spieth

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