Petition circulating among Utah Republicans demands formal censure of Romney over Trump impeachment vote

Sen. Mitt Romney’s (R-UT) bid to stand independently from his party’s nominal leader may prove quite costly in terms of his political career.

A petition has been circulating among Utah Republicans that demands a formal censure of Romney in response to his votes to convict former President Donald Trump in both impeachment trials as well as his efforts to undermine the former president, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

The effort to formally reprimand Romney is not backed by Utah party leaders but was launched by the voters who make up the party base. Utah GOP chairman Derek Brown told the Tribune that, in his view, “the best censure occurs at the ballot box.”

In fact, the state party leaders issued a statement heralding the “diversity” of opinion toward Trump, as evidenced by Romney’s vote to convict Trump for allegedly inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol building riot while Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) voted to acquit the former president of the charge.

Petition calls Romney an embarrassment

It is unclear exactly who started the petition or how many Utah Republicans have signed it, but it slams Romney for having “failed” to represent the average conservative Utah Republican voter, and for having “misrepresented himself as a Republican.”

Further, Romney “prioritized his personal and political vendetta against President Donald J. Trump ahead of the Constitution of the United States, the interest of We, the People, and the advancement of the Republican Platform.”

The petition also asserted that Romney “embarrassed” Utahns by voting to convict Trump in the first impeachment trial, by voting against a bid to dismiss the second trial as unconstitutional, for supporting the calling of witnesses in the trial, and for voting that Trump was guilty in the second trial, all of which violated Trump’s “1st, 4th, 5th, and 14th Amendment Rights.”

On top of all of that, the petition accused Romney of having used his “senatorial power and influence to undermine” Trump and of having “condoned false and misleading statements” against the former president.

Finally, the petition stated that Romney “fails to ensure election integrity and continues to condemn those who do” and noted that “the Utah Republican Party leadership has failed to issue a censure.”

Others facing censure

Seven Republican senators crossed the aisle and joined Democrats in voting to convict Trump, and of those seven, Romney is not alone in facing sharp backlash from either constituents or party leaders in the form of censures and reprimands.

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) was formally censured and condemned for his guilty vote by the Louisiana GOP while Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) was likewise censured by a number of county-level GOP organizations. Meanwhile, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) is expected to face a formal censure vote by the North Carolina GOP next week.

The Tribune noted that Romney will face his first bid for reelection in 2024. Whether his concerted opposition of former President Trump will still be a dominant factor on voters’ minds is something that remains to be seen.

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  1. He still thinks it was the righteous thing to do as he is filthy Rich for one and clueless as a Team Player for two.
    If it were up to me, it would be bitumen firstly and secondly, the external covering of birds.

    1. I am not from Utah, but if I were, the 1st thing I would suggest is a RECALL petition. Someone suggested bitumen and bird covering, thats 2d.

    2. Romney wants to be Pres. WHICH WILL NEVER HAPPAN !! He is a BACK STABBING POS !!! Like McConnell from KY POS’S !!!!

    1. He thinks the notoriety he gets from the media is enhancing his image, like McCain. People vote for a person who stands with them, not against them. As a democrat, he’d just be a back bencher, but as an opposition RINO he’s popular with the media.

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    1. I nor my wife voted for mitt. Because we knew he was a skunk. And now he has totally proven that he is one. Get rid of him.

  3. Popularity means nothing if your constituents feel you haven’t served them Mitt!! Now you pay the Piper; you should be voted out of office! Same goes for Pelosi, Waters, McConnell and others who think their bank accounts are more important than their constituents who voted them in and can vote them OUT!!

  4. I am sorry that I voted for Romney for President. He allowed his personal feud with President. Trump to taint his judgment. I heard that he has a son involved in business with China.

    1. i voted for romney when he ran before Trump starting running .but now will never vote for no one but TRUMP.

  5. They all should be censured and kicked out! If they don’t stand for the voters, they are against them! No rinos!!!!!

  6. If you look further you will find business dealings with the Bidens in Uzbekistan. That alone will let you know that he has crooked dealings going on well beyond those of his office. He does not deserve the votes of his constituents. If it was not for Trump going to bat for him he would not have had the votes to win in Utah. The only thing he had in common with the great people of Utah was religion and believe me, his is all show for your vote.

  7. Romney is such a traitor!! It looks like he has inherited Pelosi’s and the rest of the Demonrats hatred for the best President ever. Romney should be censured and leave the Republican party. What has he done for America and its people any way?

  8. He’s a Rino and has never gotten over losing his run for President and President Trump winning his . From day one Romney has done everything to take Trump down . Hopefully the people in Utah will see what he is and get him out !!!

  9. Sorry I voted for ‘Wrongney’ for president. The guy, not a man, ran for office in the Trump Administration…getting back because he wasn’t hired??? Backstabber, always one, watch out Dems!!

  10. I voted for Mitt Romney in the last 2012 Presidential Elections even I’m registered as Democrats since I become a U.S. Citizens in 1983 and keep working to accomplished the 10-years requirement of continues working and paying
    the Social Security monthly contributions in order to receive the SS Pensions
    after reaching 62 years old and above. BUT, I have noticed that the economy went down, lot of homeless even within the White Americans, Black Americans and U.S. Military soldiers in uniforms non/wounded are becoming homeless, sick and are
    scattered along the Freeways in California especially in Los Angeles City area; at the East & West Coast. SO, I voted for this guy and I called him “EGCICP” stands
    for “Emperor/Great/Commander-In-Chief/President” DONALD J. TRUMP that is in-spite of non-having an experience in line of Politics even as a City Councilor or a Cabinet Member of any Party creates the “BIGGEST POLITICAL UPSETS IN MODERN U.S. POLITICAL” by beating the most favorite candidate “HILLARY CLINTON” that “NOBODY” thought was possible. Because the “THE ACTIONS OF OUR EGCICP DONALD J. TRUMP SPEAKS LOUDER THAN HIS WORDS”; Loves the Christianity; FREEDOM TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN and above all is undying MOTTO: “IN GOD WE TRUST” and he was sent on Earth by the Heavenly Father accompanied by his Angels to “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN” and will be back in 2024 Presidential Elections to continue cleaning the SWAMPS made by these “DEMONRATS” according to God’s Plan! Praise the Lord Alleluia Amen !!!

  11. GET THAT TYRAITOR OUT OF OFFICE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. HE IS A BACKSTABOR, JUST PRETENDED TO BE A REPUBLICAN. HE HATES TRUMP AND ALL TRUMP STANDS FOR. GOOD REDIENCE,

  12. The Republicans would demand impeachment if what Trump did on Jan 6 was done by a Democrat. It seems Utah Mormon Republicans hold Trump in higher regard than Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, and The LDS Church. Where does is say in scripture that the very elect will not be deceived.

  13. This is great news! Romney is a pathetic establishment globalist elitist traitor driven by greed for himself and his own family but with no loyalty to we the people or to our great nation!! Let’s get that piece trash out of office!!

  14. Being a republican I voted for him in presidential election he chocked binders and 3 story garage for cars was reason they said he lost I think deal was made and he was paid off by Obama this rino needs to go

  15. Too many politicians the 7 rinos vote their pocketbook, not a good thing to do if you want to stay employed by us,do our bidding not yours.

  16. What is the actual real life purpose of a censure- these fools don’t give a rip what anybody thinks! These turncoats have been obviously that since loooong before the election and they still got elected

  17. Mitt Romney you are a snake. The people of Utah should get you out of office as soon as possible any way possible. You are right sanctimonious jealous vindictive person. You do not have the moral character to hold any office whether it be president of the United States or a senator.

  18. Carol, you will miss Romney! Your state will have renewed respect after his dismissal, therefore it stands to reason that without Romney, there will be a spot that needs to be filled by someone not traitorous to the Republican party and the state of Utah!! Let’s pray the state has learned it’s lesson by what is occurring now with this awful administration!!

  19. Stop the fooling around no censure, fire the idiot he is never going to change. He really thinks he is smarter than the rest of us & what he says is gospel truth. He is like his first love the Democrats lies, lies, lies!!

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