Utah GOP Votes Against Censure of Romney Over Impeachment Votes

Utah GOP Votes Against Censure of Romney Over Impeachment Votes
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) speaks to reporters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Sept. 21, 2020. (Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)
Ivan Pentchoukov

The Utah Republican Party voted narrowly on May 1 against censuring Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) for his votes to convict former President Donald Trump on impeachment charges in 2020 and 2021.

According to a final tally shared by KUTV reporter Michael Locklear, 711 delegates to the Utah GOP’s organizing convention voted to censure Romney, while 798 voted against.

The U.S. Senate acquitted Trump at the conclusion of both trials. Romney was the only Republican to vote for impeachment during the first trial, and was one of seven Republicans to do so in the second impeachment trial.

Earlier in the day, Romney was booed when he appeared on stage during the convention. In a video shared by The Salt Lake City Tribune, Romney was met by a raucous crowd of mixed cheers and boos upon walking up to the podium.

“So, what do you think about President Biden’s first 100 days?” Romney said, before pausing and thanking the crowd repeatedly as the competing cheers and jeers continued.

The booing ramped up after Romney said he wasn’t a fan of Trump’s “character issues,” prompting Romney to ask “aren’t you embarrassed?” Utah GOP Chairman Derek Brown eventually walked up to the mic to ask the crowd to be respectful.

“I understand that I have a few folks who don’t like me terribly much. I’m sorry about that, but I express my mind as I believe is right. I follow my conscience as I believe is right,” Romney said before proceeding to criticize President Joe Biden.

The resolution was titled “Resolution Thanking Senator Mike Lee and Representatives Chris Stewart, John Curtis, Burgess Owens, and Blake Moore and Censuring Senator Mitt Romney.”

“Mitt Romney voted to proceed with the unconstitutional impeachment and convict President Trump despite the lack of evidence and due process,” the resolution states. “The Utah Republican Party censures Mitt Romney for his votes to convict President Trump in two U.S. Senate impeachment trials which denied the President due process, allowed falsified evidence, did not provide adequate time for an investigation, and did not follow the U.S. Constitution which states a President may only be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors.”

Trump has vowed to mount primary challenges against the Republicans who voted to impeach and convict him. Romney isn’t up for reelection in 2022.

Ivan is the national editor of The Epoch Times. He has reported for The Epoch Times on a variety of topics since 2011.
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