This afternoon, Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) announced on the Senate floor his intention to vote to convict President Donald Trump on the Abuse of Power article of impeachment.
“The allegations made in the articles of impeachment are very serious,” Romney said on the floor of the Senate. “As a Senator juror I swore an oath before God to exercise impartial justice. I am profoundly religious, my faith is at the heart of who I am.”
“I take an oath before God as enormously consequential,” Romney continued. “I knew from the outset that being tasked with judging the president, the leader of my own party, would be the most difficult decision I have ever faced. I was not wrong.”
“The grave question the Constitution tasks Senators to answer is whether the president committed an act so extreme and egregious that it rises to a level of a high crime and misdemeanor,” Romney later added. “Yes, he did. The president asked a foreign government to investigate his political rival. The president withheld vital military funds from that government to press it to do so. The president delays funds for an American ally at war with Russian invaders. The president’s purpose was personal and political. Accordingly the president is guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust. What he did was not perfect, no, it was a flagrant assault on our electoral rights, our national security, and our fundamental values.”
“Corrupting an election to keep oneself in office is perhaps the most abusive and destruction violation of ones oath of office that I can imagine.”
It’s a shame that Mitt Romney was all too happy to accept Donald Trump’s endorsement to get elected. Trump put party before personal dislike and disagreements. Mitt Romney, unfortunately, is unable to do the same.
Too bad Romney isn’t up for re-election in 2020. Voters will have to wait until 2024 to boot him out. And voters, sadly, have short memories.
The Twitter backlash has been swift. Romney deserves every bit of criticism he receives. He can bask in the glory of liberal adoration for now. It will not last. Before long, they will go back to calling him a racist and a sexist, just like they did when he ran for president in 2012 and just like they do to all Republicans.
Mitt Romney is forever bitter that he will never be POTUS. He was too weak to beat the Democrats then so he’s joining them now.
He’s now officially a member of the resistance & should be expelled from the @GOP.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 5, 2020
Mitt Romney just solidified his future career as a CNN contributor.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) February 5, 2020
Mitt Romney is a sore loser.
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) February 5, 2020
The problem with turning on fellow Republicans in the desperate hunt for a personal legacy and media/Democrat approval is that they use you, then quickly discard you, and in the end they think you’re still awful AND a turncoat
Mitt will learn this.
— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) February 5, 2020
In the end, Romney's vote means nothing, except that it deprives the WH of the "it's entirely partisan" talking point. That's not a major loss of message, since the acquittal will take place today, and we'll all move on.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) February 5, 2020
Mitt Romney is bitter.
Bitter he didn't win in 2012.
Bitter @realDonaldTrump didn't pick him to be Sec of State.
Bitter President Trump is more popular than he is in Utah.
And Mitt's announcement was ALL ABOUT HIM.
Romney did a pretaped sitdown interview with Chris Wallace.
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) February 5, 2020
And, gosh, you know you are doing the wrong thing when you have ALYSSA MILANO cheering you on.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) February 5, 2020
No matter. Like Romney acknowledged, his vote will not be enough. Trump will be acquitted this afternoon.