Some Utah Republicans have embraced a measure of censure against Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) for his vote to convict former President Trump during the Senate impeachment trial.
Trump was acquitted by a mostly party-line vote on Saturday, Feb. 13, with Democrats voting in unison and being joined by seven Republican senators who do not face elections for several years, including Romney.
Romney said, “President Trump incited the insurrection against Congress by using the power of his office to summon his supporters to Washington on January 6th and urging them to march on the Capitol during the counting of electoral votes. He did this despite the obvious and well-known threats of violence that day.”
Romney also accused Trump of violating “his oath of office by failing to protect the Capitol, the Vice President, and others in the Capitol.”
Romney was also the only Republican senator who voted to convict Trump in the first impeachment trial in February 2020.
“I’ve gotten phone calls and emails, and I’m seeing a lot of chat on Facebook that people want to do a measure of censure against Senator Romney like we’ve seen against Liz Cheney in Wyoming, and the senator down in Louisiana,“ said Bob McEntee (R-Utah), a member of the State Central Committee, according to KUTV.
Brandon Beckham, a GOP State Central Committee member, said he “absolutely will” vote to censure Romney for this latest action if the party puts the question up to a vote.
“If the Republican Party doesn’t respond here in Utah, then we look weak; we look complicit. We aren’t doing our job,” he said.
According to The Salt Lake Tribune, a petition to censure Romney is making the rounds among Utah Republicans. The proposed petition blasted Romney for “embarrassing the state of Utah.” The censure stated that Romney “misrepresented himself as a Republican” and “appears to be an agent for the Establishment Deep State.”
Nearly all of the seven Republican senators who voted to convict Trump are facing strong condemnation from their home state allies. Sens. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania, and Richard Burr of North Carolina have already received official censures from their local GOP. The backlash could be coming for even more senators as the week progresses.