Mitt Romney was loudly bowed at the Republican Party convention in Utah on Saturday – calling a “traitor” and a “communist” as he tried to speak.
“Aren’t you embarrassed?” The Salt Lake City Tribune reported that the Utah senator asked the crowd of 2,100 delegates at the Maverik Center in West Valley City. “I’m a man who says what he means, and you know I was not a fan of our last president̵
Romney was the only Republican to vote to indict Donald Trump twice – for seeking political dirt on opponents of Ukraine and for inciting the deadly uprising at the Capitol on January 6, after which he asked supporters to “fight as hell ”in support of his lie that the presidential election was stolen by Joe Biden.
Six other Republican senators voted to convict Trump in his second indictment.
“You can boo anything you like,” Romney told an audience, the Tribune said he spat insults “like so many poison darts”.
“I’ve been a Republican all my life. My father was governor of Michigan, and I was the Republican presidential candidate in 2012. “
Romney, who will not be re-elected in 2022, was also governor of Massachusetts and would normally be a member of the GOP establishment.
But the party is firmly in the grip of Trump and his supporters – according to a CNN poll this week, 70% of Republicans believe the lie that Biden did not win enough legitimate votes to be president.
At the Utah convention, a proposal to censor Romney narrowly failed. Some applause applauded, and after State Party President Derek Brown asked delegates to show respect, Romney ended with a prayer to “come together in strength and unity.”
Other speakers faced disagreement, among them Governor Spencer Cox. He told a largely maskless crowd that he knew some “hated” him for his Covid-19 mitigation measures – but called for other measures, such as banning “vaccine passports” in the state government.
Private companies in Utah may still require proof of vaccination.
In one of many attacks on Biden’s attempt to pass new spending bills on top of the $ 1.9 tonne $ coronavirus relief bill passed in March, Utah’s second senator, Mike Lee, told Republicans that Democrats were following “an idea: undoubted confidence in government. “.
Chris Stewart, a congressman, told the audience that Biden was pursuing an agenda of “radical socialism.” He also said the house’s speaker, Nancy Pelosi, “kind of stinks”.