Senatorwas booed at the Utah GOP convention on Saturday, though a motion to censor him for his vote to impeach former President Donald Trump failed.
“You can boo whatever you want,” Romney told the crowd as the outgoing GOP chairman tried to swerve, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. “I’ve been a Republican my whole life. My father was governor of Michigan and I was the Republican candidate for president in 2012.”
Romney waswho voted to convict Mr. Trump in his February impeachment trial. Romney too on one of two charges against him during his impeachment trial in 2020, becoming the first senator in history to vote to convict a president of his own party.
“Are you not embarrassed?” Romney asked the crowd as he was booed and called a “traitor” and “communist.” “I’m a man who says what he means, and you know I wasn’t a fan of our last president’s character issues.”
The motion to censor him failed, with 798 votes against and 711 votes in favor, according to CBS Salt Lake City affiliate KUTV. In prepared remarks, Romney said he was “no fan” of President Biden’s policies.
“In his inaugural address, he promised bipartisanship,” Romney said. “I guess by bipartisanship he means Democrats on one side, and Socialists on the other. This week he rightly said that China is an existential threat to our democracy. His response to that is apparently two years of free preschool. And, of course, $ 6 trillion in spending. We’ll borrow a lot from the Chinese. ”
Romney wasn’t the only Republican booed at the convention. Utah Governor Spencer Cox has also been booed over the COVID-19 restrictions.
Senator Susan Collins, who also voted to convict Mr. Trump, said on Sunday “CNN State of the Union”“that she was” appalled “by the boos.” We are not a one-person-led party, ”said the Republican of Maine.
Other Republicans who voted to condemn Mr. Trump have also faced backlash from their local parties as the GOP struggles to deal with Mr. Trump’s influence on the party. theCongresswoman Liz Cheney, the most prominent Republican in the House to vote to impeach Mr. Trump, and Congressman Adam Kinzinger from Illinois were censored by State House.