Romney booed at Utah GOP convention before failed vote to censure him

Romney booed at Utah GOP convention before failed vote to censure him

Romney booed at Utah GOP convention before failed vote to censure him

Romney thanked Brown. Applause began in the crowd.

Romney called himself an "old-fashioned Republican" and told the crowd they can "boo all you like, but I've been a Republican all my life". "But I express my mind as I believe is right and I follow my conscience as I believe is right. My dad was the governor of MI and I was the Republican nominee for president in 2012". Despite the onslaught, a later vote to censure Romney ultimately failed by a margin of 798 to 711.

Romney was booed Saturday at the Utah Republican Party organizing convention and narrowly avoided being censured by his state party for his votes in Trump's impeachment trials, the latest example of the influence and power the former Republican President still holds over his party as it decides how to move forward in the Biden era.

Romney was the lone Republican senator to break ranks in his vote to convict Trump of abuse of power in 2020; he was joined by six others who voted earlier this year to remove Trump from office for inciting an insurrection after a mob overran the U.S. Capitol on January 6.

The calls from the delegates only died down after the outgoing party chair, Derek Brown, told the crowd to "show respect" for Romney, according to the Tribune. "Those are the principles that unite us".

Despite the negativity, Romney ended his speech on a positive note.

The Republican Party was not led by "just one person", she said, in reference to Mr Trump's grip on it.

Romney concluded, "We need to come together in strength and unity".

Davis County delegate Don Guymon, who authored the censure resolution, said Romney's votes to remove Trump from office 'hurt the Constitution and hurt the party'.

"This was a process driven by Democrats who hated Trump", Mr Guymon said.

"Romney's vote in the first impeachment emboldened Democrats who continued to harass Trump".

The proposal, among several platform changes debated Saturday, also sought to praise the other members of Utah's congressional delegation for their support of the former president.

While Romney was greeted with boos by some, others stood up to counter the negative reaction and applaud the senator - signifying the split the Republican Party has seen on a national scale between traditional conservatives and Trump-championed voters.

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