Utah Senator Mitt Romney was greeted with a barrage of insults and boos Saturday from a crowd of more than 2,100 delegates to the state’s Republican convention.
Despite the boos, Republicans in Utah rejected a motion to censor Romney for his votes to impeach former President Donald Trump, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.
“I’m a man who says what he means, and you know I wasn’t a fan of our last president’s character issues,” Romney said as a chorus of taunts rose from those gathered. inside the Maverick Center.
“Oh yeah, you can boo whatever you want, but I’ve been a Republican my whole life,” Romney added. “My dad was governor of Michigan, my dad worked for Republican candidates he believed in. I’ve worked for Republicans across the country, and if you don’t remember, I was the Republican presidential candidate in 2012. ”
Don Guymon, sponsor of the censorship resolution, previously said Romney should be held accountable after voting against Trump in the two impeachment trials, The Associated Press reported.
“I understand I have a few people who don’t like me very much and… I’m sorry about that,” Romney said. “I express my mind as I rightly believe it and I am my conscious mind as I rightly believe it.”
Romney has often distanced himself from other members of his party who have backed Trump, and he was one of seven Republican senators who joined Democrats in voting for the conviction of the former president for his role in events having led to the January 6 riot at the Capitol. He is the only Republican senator to vote to convict Trump in his two impeachment trials.
Romney was heckled in January by Trump supporters as he flew from Washington, DC to Utah. He was among a group of senators who called for an end to efforts to reverse President Joe Biden’s victory over Trump in the 2020 election, which angered some in the former president’s base.
He was also booed in 2012 at the NAACP convention in Houston, Texas, after promising to eliminate the Affordable Care Act and other “nonessential and expensive programs” if elected president.