Trump calls Romney a ‘stone cold loser’ after the Utah senator was booed at a Utah GOP conference

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Donald Trump delighted in Romney being booed off stage at a GOP convention, calling him a “stone cold loser.”

  • Donald Trump on Sunday celebrated Sen. Mitt Romney being booed at a Utah GOP convention.
  • Trump called Romney a “stone cold loser” and a “RINO” – an acronym for “Republican in name only.”
  • Romney was booed at the conference hours before an attempt to censure him for voting for Trump’s impeachment failed.
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Former president Donald Trump on Sunday celebrated Sen. Mitt Romney being booed at a GOP convention in Utah, calling Romney a “stone cold loser”.

Trump also again called Romney a “RINO” – an acronym for the term “Republican in name only.”

“So nice to see RINO Mitt Romney booed off the stage at the Utah Republican State Convention. They are among the earliest to have figured this guy out, a stone cold loser!” Trump said in a statement.

Romney was booed by conference-goers at a state Republican Party event, which he attended hours before the Utah GOP voted against a resolution to censure him over his votes to convict Trump during the impeachment trials.

CNN reported that the resolution to censure Romney was submitted by a party delegate from Davis County, Don Guymon. Guymon alleged in the resolution that Romney “consistently publicly criticized President Trump” and that the senator’s comments “not only hurt President Trump’s reelection but hurt other Republicans on the ballot.”

The resolution to censure Romney failed with a vote of 711 to 798.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, conference delegates began booing when Romney started to speak, and flung insults at him from the audience, calling him a “traitor” and a “communist.”

“You know me as a person who says what he thinks, and I don’t hide the fact that I wasn’t a fan of our last president’s character issues,” Romney was heard saying in the video.

“Aren’t you embarrassed?” the senator later asked the crowd, as he struggled to make himself heard amid the booing and shouting.

“I understand that I have a few folks who 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,” Romney added, continuing with his speech after Utah GOP chair Derek Brown stepped in, asking delegates to “show respect.”

Romney has not shied away from criticizing Trump publicly and was the only Senate Republican who voted to convict Trump in both his Senate impeachment trials.

That’s made him a longtime subject of Trump’s scorn. CNBC reported in 2019 that the former president called the 2012 GOP presidential nominee a “pompous ass” and a “fool” for criticizing him.

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Mitt Romney loudly booed and called a ‘traitor’ at Utah’s GOP conference over his opposition to Trump

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Sen. Mitt Romney addresses the Utah Republican Party 2021 Organizing Convention Saturday, May 1, 2021, in West Valley City, Utah.

  • Utah GOP conference delegates booed Sen. Mitt Romney on Saturday.
  • Romney faced anger for his opposition to former President Donald Trump.
  • “You know I was not a fan of our last president’s character issues,” said Romney
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Utah Sen. Mitt Romney was loudly booed when he took to the stage at a state Republican Party conference Saturday, according to a video published by the Salt Lake Tribune.

In the footage, the delegates start to boo when Romney takes to the stage and the jeering grows louder as he tries to speak.

Romney is one of the most prominent critics of former President Donald Trump. He was the only Republican who voted to convict Trump in the former president’s first impeachment trial, and one of 9 Republicans who voted to convict Trump in his second impeachment trial.

According to the Tribune, delegates shouted insults at Romney, accusing him of being a “traitor” and a “communist.”

“I’m a man who says what he means, and you know I was not a fan of our last president’s character issues,” said Romney, as delegates tried to shout him down.

“Aren’t you embarrassed?” Romney asked the crowd as the boos continued.

The crowd only quietened down when Utah GOP chair Derek Brown stepped onto the stage and asked delegates to “show respect” to Romney. The senator was then able to continue with his speech.

Watch the racous introduction Romney received from the floor of the Utah convention, here:

According to the Associated Press, Romney narrowly escaped official censure at the convention over his opposition to Trump in a 798 to 711 vote.

The incident highlights the rift that still exists between moderate conservatives who’ve spoken out against Trump over the Capitol riot and other outrages, and many grassroots Republicans who remain loyal to him.

Romney, the Republican Party’s 2012 presidential nominee, is one of the most prominent figures in the GOP. Yet his opposition to Trump has seen his popularity fall with Republicans, with an Ipsos/axios poll on January 14 finding that only 34% of Republicans approved of his political conduct.

In his remarks to delegates, Saturday Romney sought to remind them of his conservative credentials.

“You can boo all you like,” said Romney. “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.”

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Republican Sen. Mike Lee says Democratic voting rights bill was ‘written in hell by the devil himself’

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, questions Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as he testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill on September 27, 2018.
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, questions Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as he testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill on September 27, 2018.

  • Sen. Mike Lee compared House Democrats to the “devil” over democracy reform and voting rights legislation.
  • “Everything about this bill is rotten to the core,” Lee told Fox News.
  • The far-reaching bill would boost transparency around campaign finance and expand voting rights.
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Sen. Mike Lee, a Utah Republican, on Wednesday compared House Democrats to the “devil” for authoring and passing major democracy reform and voting rights legislation known as HR 1.

“Everything about this bill is rotten to the core,” Lee told Fox News of the legislative package. “This is a bill as if written in hell by the devil himself.”

HR 1, which is also known as the For the People Act and passed the House largely along party lines earlier this month, would reform campaign finance, set stricter rules for lobbyists, and widen access to voting, including by expanding voter registration, mail and early voting, and election security measures.

The senator said he disagrees with “every single word in H.R. 1, including the words ‘but,’ ‘and,’ and ‘the'” and argued that Congress is attempting to undermine state control over elections “in an effort to ensure an institutional, revolutionary Democratic Party of sorts, one that can remain in power for many decades to come.”

“This takes all sorts of decisions that the federal government, really, has no business making – takes them away from the states, makes them right here in Washington, DC by Congress,” he went on.

While the Constitution delegates most of the authority over elections to the states, it still has the power to oversee and pass legislation concerning the administration of federal elections.

Congress has previously passed major, nationwide election reform legislation in bills including the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, and the Help America Vote Act of 2002.

Because the Senate filibuster requires a 60-vote majority to pass legislation, H.R. 1 faces serious challenges to passage in the upper chamber.

Some voting rights advocates, including powerful Democratic Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, have argued that the Senate filibuster should be reformed to allow civil and voting rights legislation like H.R. 1 to be more easily adopted.

H.R. 1 requires states to enact online, automatic, and same-day voter registration and to give voting rights to the formerly incarcerated, and softens voter ID laws by allowing voters to sign sworn affidavits instead of showing an ID. It is already a federal crime to lie about your identity while casting a ballot.

The bill also requires all states to hold 15 days of early voting as well as no-excuse mail voting while offering online ballot tracking, prepaid postage, and the option for voters to return their ballots at drop boxes.

Notably, many of H.R. 1’s provisions are already in place in Utah, which Lee represents and has won two statewide elections in over the past decade. Utah has online and same-day voter registration, offered two weeks of early voting in most counties in 2020, and has a non-strict non-photo ID law that allows voters to sign an affidavit if they don’t have the required ID.

And beginning in 2018, Utah has sent all registered voters a mail-in ballot, which goes beyond H.R. 1’s requirement for states to simply allow voters to request a ballot without an excuse.

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