Utah Sen. Mitt Romney was greeted by a series of insults and booing on Saturday by a crowd of more than 2,100 Republican congressional delegates.
Despite the boom, Utah Republicans have rejected a proposal to convict Romney of his vote to impeach former President Donald Trump, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.
“I’m a man who says what he means, and you know I wasn’t a fan of the problems with the character of our last president,” Romney said as a chorus of ridicule rose from the crowd in downtown Maverick.
“Oh yes, you can whistle anything you like, but I’ve been a Republican all my life,”
Don Hyman, a sponsor of the no-confidence motion, previously said that Romney should be held accountable after voting against Trump in both impeachment proceedings, the Associated Press reported.
“I understand that I have a few people who don’t like me very much and … I’m sorry about that,” Romney said. “I express my consciousness because I believe it is right, and I follow my consciousness as I believe it is right.”
Romney often distanced himself from others in his party who backed Trump, and was among seven Republican senators who joined Democrats in voting in favor of condemning the former president for his role in events leading up to the Capitol uprising. January. He is the only Republican senator to vote to condemn Trump in both of his impeachment trials.
Romney was called in January by Trump supporters as he flew from Washington, D.C., to Utah. He was among a group of senators calling for an end to efforts to undo President Joe Biden’s victory over Trump in the 2020 election, angering some at the former president’s base.
He was also booed in 2012 at the NAACP convention in Houston, Texas, after promising to repeal the Affordable Care Act and other “insignificant, expensive programs” if elected president.