- Delegates from the GOP conference in Utah booed Senator Mitt Romney on Saturday.
- Romney has faced anger over opposition to former President Donald Trump.
- “You know I wasn’t a fan of the character problems of our last president,” Romney said
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Utah Sen. Mitt Romney was booed when he took the stage at a state Republican party conference on Saturday, according to a video released by the Salt Lake Tribune.
Delegates start playing when Romney comes on stage and the taunts get louder as he tries to speak.
Romney is one of the most prominent critics of former President Donald Trump. He was the only Republican to vote to condemn Trump in the former president̵
According to the Tribune, the delegates insulted Romney, accusing him of being a “traitor” and a “communist”.
“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 delegates tried to call him.
“Aren’t you embarrassed?” Romney asked the crowd as the noises continued.
The crowd calmed down only when Utah GOR chairman Derek Brown took the stage and asked delegates to “show respect” to Romney. The senator then proceeded to continue his speech.
Watch the brief introduction Romney received from the floor of the Utah Congress, here:
According to the Associated Press, Romney narrowly escaped the official condemnation of the convention because of his opposition to Trump with 798 to 711 votes.
The incident underscores the rift that still exists between moderate conservatives who have spoken out against Trump over Capitol riots and other atrocities, and many Republicans who remain loyal to him.
Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, is one of the most prominent figures in the Republican Party. Yet his opposition to Trump has noticed that his popularity is declining among Republicans, with a January 14 Ipsos / axios poll finding that only 34 percent of Republicans approve of his political behavior.
In his remarks to Saturday delegates, Romney tried to remind them of his conservative powers.
“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.”