Donald Trump already made potential secretary of State Mitt Romney “kiss his ring,” but it seems his atonement has just begun. On Tuesday night, Trump, Romney, and future White House chief of staff Reince Priebus dined at Jean-Georges, a three-Michelin-star restaurant inside the Trump International Hotel. During the meal, a photographer captured Romney’s soul leaving his body, and the image quickly replaced Sad Ted Cruz as Twitter’s favorite meme featuring one of Trump’s vanquished enemies.
Witnesses claim the dinner actually wasn’t as hellish as the photo suggests, but that depends on your opinion of paying $215.57 for a meal that includes “young garlic soup with thyme and sautéed frog legs.”
CNN’s Jim Acosta happened to be dining at the same time as Trump, Romney, and Priebus, and he posted updates on their body language.
As if Romney hadn’t suffered enough humiliation for one evening, on his way out he offered effusive praise for Trump, and the cabinet he’s building (though he did not mention the most notorious racists by name).
“It’s not easy winning. I know that myself,” Romney said. “[Trump] did something I tried to do and was unsuccessful in. He won the general election and he continues with a message of inclusion and bringing people together, and his vision is something which obviously connected with the American people in a very powerful way.”
It’s unclear if this is a signal that Romney is pulling ahead in the race for secretary of State, or merely a sign that Trump is enjoying his dignified groveling.