Lou Dobbs Compares Romney To Brutus—Who Died Trying To Save Rome From A Dictator
Senator Mitt Romney’s vote to convict President Donald Trump for abuse of power puts the Utah Republican in the company of history’s traitors, Fox Business host Lou Dobbs said on Thursday — including Roman senator Marcus Brutus.
But as The Week helpfully pointed out, although Brutus did in fact literally stab his friend Julius Caesar in the back, his desire was to save the Roman Republic from the rule of a tyrant.
“According to Shakespeare and contemporaneous accounts, [Brutus] was motivated to take part in Caesar's assassination because Caesar's increasingly monarchical and authoritarian behavior threatened to destroy the Roman Republic,” The Week noted, adding that the phrase he supposedly yelled while stabbing the Caesar was "Sic semper tyrannis!" — or "Thus, always, to tyrants!"
Shakespeare makes this clear, when Brutus says: “If there be any in this assembly, any dear friend of Caesar’s, to him I say that Brutus’s love to Caesar was no less than his. If then that friend demand why Brutus rose against Caesar, this is my answer: not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more.”
But regardless, unlike the Roman senator — who took his own life after Caesar’s adopted son took over the Roman Empire — the American senator “will sleep well tonight,” according to his former adviser.