A resolution to censor Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) for his votes to convict then-President Donald Trump in his two impeachment trials narrowly failed in a vote among Republicans in Utah Saturday.
The measure failed 711-798 in a delegate vote at the Utah Republican Party organizing convention being held this weekend near Salt Lake City.
Davis County Delegate Don Guymon, who drafted the resolution, told the Salt Lake Tribune that Romney’s vote to remove Trump from office “undermines the Constitution and hurts the party.”
“It was a process driven by Democrats who hated Trump,” Guymon said, adding that Romney’s vote in the first impeachment trial “encouraged Democrats who continued to harass Trump.”
The proposal was also intended to thank the other senator from Utah, Republican Mike Lee, as well as other members of Congress who voted against the impeachment of Trump.
Earlier Saturday, Romney booed as he took the stage at the convention.
“I don’t hide the fact that I was not a fan of our last president’s character issues,” Romney said from the podium, eliciting more boos. Some members of the audience stood up and applauded in support of the senator.
After waiting a few moments for the audience to calm down, Romney asked, “Aren’t you embarrassed?”
Later in his speech, amid continuous taunts from the crowd, Romney described being “a Republican my whole life.”
“I understand that I have a few people who don’t like me very much and I – I’m sorry,” he said. “But I express my mind as I rightly believe and I am my consciousness as I rightly believe.”
Romney was the only Republican senator to vote to remove Trump from office in his first impeachment trial in 2020. Trump had been accused of abuse of power and obstruction of justice linked to a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. He was eventually acquitted by the Senate.
Romney was one of seven Republicans in February to vote to condemn Trump for inciting an insurgency on the U.S. Capitol on January 6. But Trump was acquitted again after Democrats failed to secure the two-thirds of the votes needed to remove him from office.
Three of the GOP senators who voted to convict Trump in the second impeachment trial – Richard Burr of North Carolina, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana – have been censored by their Republican parties. The others – Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Susan Collins of Maine – were spared by their respective states parties.
Collins said on Sunday that she was “appalled” that Romney had been booed and nearly censored a day earlier at the Utah GOP convention.
“We are not a one-person-led party,” Collins said told CNN.
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