Mitt Romney was booed at an annual Republican convention in Utah, where a resolution to censor the senator narrowly failed on Saturday.
The Utah senator faced boos from other convention attendees ahead of the vote to censor him for voting to convict Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial, for inciting the insurgency on Capitol Hill.
Booing is audible in footage from the Republican convention, with the senator forced to stop midway through a speech, CNN reported.
“Oh yeah, you can boo all you want, but I’ve been a Republican my whole life,” Mr. Romney told the audience. “My dad was governor of Michigan, my dad worked for Republican candidates he believed in. I worked for Republicans across the country and if you don’t remember I was the Republican presidential candidate in 2012 ”.
The senator went on to say, “Yeah, I understand I have a few people who don’t like me very much and I – I’m sorry about that. But I express my mind like I think it’s right and I follow my conscience as I believe it is right ”.
Mr. Romney was one of seven Republican senators to vote to convict Mr. Trump for inciting a riot on Capitol Hill after a second impeachment trial against the former president in February.
A year earlier, he had been the only Republican senator to vote to convict Mr. Trump on his first arraignment, when the then president was accused of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress about of the Ukrainian scandal.
Utah Republican delegate Don Guymon was responsible for Saturday’s vote to censor the state senator for his vote and for “publicly criticizing President Trump.”
Delegates voted 711-798, according to Republican Party of Utah spokeswoman Lynda Cox.
Mr Guymon later said the close vote was an indication of a “turning point” against Mr Romney, who was first elected to the Senate in 2018, after running for President of the Senate. left in 2012.
Mr. Romney’s hoot is an indication of the ongoing split between pro-Trump and anti-Trump Republicans after the former president’s unconventional four years in power.
Salt Lake City delegate Emily de Azavedo Brown told The Associated Press: “If the point of all of this is to let Mitt Romney know that we are unhappy with him, trust me, he knows it.”
She added, “Let’s not turn this into Trump or not into Trump. Are we a party of principle or a party of one person? “
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