On Saturday, the Utah Republican party organized an effort to censure Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), condemning his two votes to convict former President Donald Trump following the successful House impeachment vote. The vote failed 711-798, but when Romney took the stage at the Utah GOP convention, he was roundly booed.
“I don’t hide the fact that I wasn’t a fan of our last president’s character issues,” Romney said over the booing crowd. “Oh yeah, you can boo all you like, but I’ve been a Republican all my life. My dad was a governor of Michigan, my dad worked for Republican candidates that he believed in. I worked for Republicans across the country and if you don’t recall, I was the Republican nominee for President in 2012,” Romney said.
“Yeah, I understand I have a few folks who don’t like me terribly much and I – I’m sorry about that. But I express my mind as I believe is right and I follow my conscience as I believe is right,” Romney said.
The resolution to censure Romney was introduced by Republican Delegate Don Guymon from Davis County, Utah. Guymon’s resolution accused Romney of “consistently publicly criticized President Trump” and that his “comments not only hurt President Trump’s reelection but hurt other Republicans on the ballot.” Guymon had eight cosponsors on his resolution.