Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) betrayed the entire Republican Party when he voted to impeach Donald Trump in the Senate impeachment trial. Now, this has come back to bite him in a big way, as the GOP in his home state has drawn up a resolution that will force him to either support Trump or step down.
The resolution, which was submitted by Utah GOP State Central Committee member Brandon Beckham, will be considered at the Republican Party state central committee meeting on February 29, according to The Blaze.
I have officially submitted a resolution for the Utah GOP State Central Committee to formally censure Senator @MittRomney for his vote to remove @realDonaldTrump. #Trump2020 #ImpeachmentTrialSham #DonaldTrump #AcquittedForever pic.twitter.com/aFel6muxWn
— Brandon Beckham (@BrandonBeckham) February 8, 2020
The motion expresses the Utah GOP’s “severe disapproval” for Romney’s impeachment vote.
“A lot of us feel that it’s sort of an embarrassment to our party,” Beckham told the Salt Lake Tribune. He went on to explain that Republicans in the state had already passed a resolution in which they expressed full support of the president and called on members of the GOP to defend him. Despite knowing this, Romney voted to convict President Trump anyway.
Though Romney has yet to comment on the resolution, he has admitted that he will face consequences for his vote.
“No question the consequence will be enormous,” Romney said. “The consequence of violating my conscience and my oath of office to God would be even greater.”
Romney may claim he voted his conscience, but many conservatives are not buying it. Rick Gorka, who was a spokesman for Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, tweeted that the senator’s vote was motivated by “bitterness” and “jealousy.”
I believe Mitt Romney is motivated by bitterness and jealously that @realDonaldTrump accomplished what he has failed to do multiple times. His desire to pander to the chattering class has gotten the best of him…again.
— Rick Gorka (@Rick_Gorka) February 5, 2020
As a representative of the people of Utah, Romney knew full well that the majority of his constituents wanted to see Trump remain in office, yet he switched sides and went with Democrats anyway. Clearly, his own vendettas against the president are more important to him than adequately representing the people of Utah, who deserve better than this.
We can only hope that this resolution is approved, and that Romney has to face the music for his turncoat vote.