A controversial senator will not be welcomed to a major political event after attempting to oust the president at the Senate impeachment trial.
American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp confirmed he has withdrawn an invitation for Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) to attend the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, from Feb. 26 to 29.
“Junior senator from the great state of Utah, Sen. Romney is formally not invited to CPAC 2020,” Schlapp said on Twitter.
The event organizer explained the decision to disallow the “extreme conservative” was not taken lightly and the senator’s failure to follow the Republican Party in calling no further witnesses and evidence for President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial was the last straw.
“[CPAC] formally disinvite[s] someone who has been particularly egregious,” he told Fox News. “Mitt Romney deserved this [because] his Senate tenure is a waste and his vote [in the Senate] was the latest outrage.”
The senator recently posted a statement ahead of the impeachment trial, echoing the views of Democrats who defended their decision to impeach the president because it was their duty to uphold the U.S. Constitution.
“I feel a deep sense of responsibility to the Constitution, to the people of Utah and to the nation,” Romney said on Twitter. “I and all senators swore an oath to ‘do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws: so help me God’ in determining whether the president has committed impeachable offenses that merit his removal from office … I enter this task with an open mind and a recognition of my solemn responsibility to fulfill my oath.”
Such a rogue stance upset several conservative voters since Romney is one of the only Republicans to publicly criticize the president. His decision to support Democrats in demanding more witnesses and evidence proved futile as the Republicans won the final vote with 51 for and 49 against.
Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu was disappointed by Romney’s lack of loyalty to the president.
“It is disappointing because I think Mitt Romney is clearly letting his personal dislike of the president influence him more than trying to deal with [what] this country needs,” Sununu said according to the broadcaster.
Romney is not the only person to not be welcomed to the conference. Talk show host Marty Fox asked Schlapp to disinvite Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) from the event.
“Disinvite Sen. Alexander From CPAC like you disinvited [Sen.] Romney,” Fox said on Twitter. “Alexander tells Democrat hack Chuck Todd: ‘I hope President Trump does not continue to engage in foreign interference.'”
Schlapp eased those concerns by confirming Alexander had not been invited to any CPAC events for quite some time.
“Do not worry Marty, Senator Alexander has not been invited to CPAC since I have been chair,” he said on Twitter.