This is not the first time that the prominent Republican Mitt Romney (74) has incited party members after speaking out unfavorably about the former president.
The outspoken senator represented a small wing in the GOP that has dared to stand up to Trump.
It has made him powerfully unpopular among many in the party, who think he is disloyal and anti-patriotic.
Voted to convict Trump in state court
Romney was also one of seven Republicans who voted to convict Donald Trump during the trial after the storming of the Congress building on January 6.
The party members had not forgotten this vote. Therefore, he was greeted with booing and insults from the more than 2,000 people present when he entered the podium during the Republican state meeting in Utah this weekend.
“I make no secret of the fact that I was not a fan of our former president’s character traits,” Romney said, according to several US media outlets. , deriblant CNN.
– You can bow as much as you want
Eventually, the expressions of displeasure became so great that Mitt Romney felt compelled to interrupt the speech, he writes The Guardian. Before leaving the podium, he managed to make this announcement:
– You can bow as much as you want. But I’ve been a Republican all my life. My father was governor, my father worked for Republicans I believed in. And yes. I can understand that someone does not like me. But I express myself according to what I think is right. I follow my conscience. Are you not embarrassed, Romney asked, writes CNN.
A motion to vote for a critical statement against Romney received 798 votes to 711 votes. The proponents believe Romney harms both the constitution and the party.
– Trump has shamed the electoral system and disgraced the presidency
During the second Supreme Court hearing, he went straight to Trump’s throat.
– President Trump has been disrespectful to American voters, has shamed the electoral system and dishonored the presidency. “I’m confident we will uphold the constitution and tell our supporters the truth, whether they want to hear it or not,” Romney said, according to CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins. Twitter.
– We are not a party that is only led by one person
Mitt Romney is considered a Conservative senator and is a former presidential candidate for the Republican Party. He has made no secret of the fact that the party should get another leader before the by-elections in two years.
Among the few who defended him was Maine Senator Susan Collins.
– Mitt Romney is an outstanding senator who serves his state and our country well. We Republicans must remember that we are united by basic principles. We are not a party that is only led by one person, she reminded.