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Utah Senator Mitt Romney, who lists his party affiliation as Republican, though he does not always act that way, is facing the wrath of voters.
The 2012 Republican nominee for President of the United States faced boos and jeers as he took the stage on Saturday at the Utah Republican Party’s organizing convention at the Maverik Center in West Valley City, Utah, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.
Rather than acknowledge what he had done while Donald Trump was in the White House that caused Republicans to boo him, the senator, and former governor of Massachusetts, admonished the crowd saying “Aren’t you embarrassed?” for booing him.
“I’m a man who says what he means, and you know I was not a fan of our last president’s character issues,” he said as those in the crowd continued to boo and shout accusations at him like “traitor” and “communist.”
“You can boo all you like,” Romney said. “I’ve been a Republican all of my life. My dad was the governor of Michigan and I was the Republican nominee for president in 2012.
“So yeah, I understand that I have a few folks that don’t like me terribly much and I’m sorry about that. But I express my mind as I believe is right and I follow my conscience as I believe is right,” he said.
Romney voted to impeach the Republican President Trump two times and has become a target ofn scorn from many Republicans.
Derek Brown, the outgoing party chairman, had to take the stage to ask for mercy for Romney by begging the crowd to “show respect.”
It may have been Brown’s interference and his statement that “We need to come together in strength and unity,” that saved Romney from being censured by the party in a vote of 798 – 711.
Don Guymon, the delegate from Davis County who penned the censure resolution, said that Romney’s impeachment votes “hurt the Constitution and hurt the party.”
“This was a process driven by Democrats who hated Trump,” he said. “Romney’s vote in the first impeachment emboldened Democrats who continued to harass Trump.”
Salt Lake County delegate Emily de Azavedo Brown said that she did not want the party to become “Trump or no Trump.”
“If the point of all this is to let Mitt Romney know we’re displeased with him, trust me, he knows,” she said. “Let´s not turn this into a Trump or no Trump thing. Are we a party of principle or a party of a person?”
In contrast to Romney, Utah Sen. Mike Lee received a standing ovation from the crowd when he took to the stage.
Sen. Mike Lee drew a standing ovation as he took the podium and, hand on his heart, he cheered delegates in attendance “for taking action! Thank you!,” he said, calling their presence “an act of faith in the future.”
In a hardline speech, he blasted Democrats and invoked the U.S. Constitution and Founding Fathers, whom he praised for constraining government power on behalf of the people. He underscored their guarantees of unfettered gun ownership and limited intrusion in the lives of private citizens.
Quoting George Washington, Lee said U.S. exceptionalism rested in faith in its citizenry, not the government. “It means freedom,” he said, adding that Democrats hated Republicans and decrying their new proposals under the Biden administration.
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“Their whole agenda is wrapped up around one idea,” he said of Democrats. “unquestionable trust in government.”
“There are some truths we can never betray,” the senator said. “We are the stewards of our own destiny.”
But, he said, Biden does not believe that. He believes that big government is the answer.
“He wants us dependent on government,” he said, arguing that Biden wants to “to extend lockdowns. We want to end them!”