Republican Sen. Mitt Romney was booed by members of the public as he took the stage at the GOP rally in Utah.
Romney faces a backlash and a threat of resentment from the Republican delegation over his vote to impeach Donald Trump.
But Utah GP chairman Derek Brown interrupted Romney’s speech to tell the noisy crowd to sink.
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“I’m a man who says what he means, and you know I wasn’t a fan of our last president’s character problems,” Romney said as the crowd insulted him, including “communist”
“You can whistle anything you like,” Romney said. “I’ve been a Republican all my life. My father was governor of Michigan and I was nominated Republican for president in 2012.”
But despite the backlash, the longtime Utah Republican ended his speech with a positive note.
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“We need to come together in strength and unity,” he said.
While Romney was greeted with a boom by some, others stood up to counter the backlash and applaud the senator – meaning the division the Republican Party has seen nationwide between traditional Conservatives and those elected by Trump.
Utah Republicans eventually voted not to condemn Romney, who joined six other GP senators, including Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Pat. Tomy of Pennsylvania, for Trump’s impeachment.
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Romney is not facing consequences for voters in the upcoming election race like Murkowski in 2022, but his critical stance against Trump after the Capitol attack on January 6 was nothing new.
Romney also voted to impeach Trump during the impeachment process in 2019, which could be problematic for the senator if he requests a re-election in 2024.