Mitt Romney of Utah was greeted by a thrill of insults and praise on Saturday from a crowd of more than 2,100 delegates at the Republican state convention.
Despite the boos, Republicans in Utah rejected a proposal to censor Romney over his votes for accusing former President Donald Trump, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.
“I’m a man who says what he means, and you know I was not a fan of our last president’s character problems,” Romney said as a chorus of hunters rose from those gathered inside the Maverick Center.
“Oh yes, you can boo anything you like, but I’ve been a Republican all my life,”
Don Guymon, sponsor of the no-confidence motion, said earlier that Romney should be held accountable after voting against Trump in both trials, the Associated Press said.
“I understand I have a few people who do not like me very much and … I’m sorry,” Romney said. “I express my mind as I think is right, and I follow my conscious as I think is right.”
Romney has often distanced himself from others in his party who have supported Trump, and he was among seven Republican senators who joined the Democrats in their vote to condemn the former president for his role in events leading up to January 6. The Capitol Uprising. He is the only Republican senator who has voted to convict Trump in both of his prosecutions.
Romney was heckled in January by Trump supporters while flying from Washington, DC to Utah. He had been among a group of senators calling for an end to an attempt to overthrow President Joe Biden’s victory over Trump in the 2020 election, angering some in the former president’s base.
He was also arraigned in 2012 at the NAACP Convention in Houston, Texas, after promising to eliminate the Affordable Care Act and other “non-essential, expensive programs” if elected president.