Will Mitt Romney be censured for impeachment vote against Trump? GOP petition calls him agent of 'Deep State'

The petition by some Utah Republicans also added that Romney failed to 'represent the average conservative Utah voter'


                            Will Mitt Romney be censured for impeachment vote against Trump? GOP petition calls him agent of 'Deep State'
U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) and President Donald Trump listen during a listening session on youth vaping of electronic cigarette on November 22, 2019 in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC. President Trump met with business and concern

A petition by some Utah Republicans seeking to censure Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) for voting to convict former President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial is doing the rounds. The petition which claims Romney "appears to be an agent for the Establishment Deep State" accuses Utah's junior senator of having "misrepresented himself as a Republican". 

According to latest reports, the petition also added that Romney has failed to “represent the average conservative Utah voter".

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"Senator Willard Mitt Romney has 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 alleges in part. "Senator Willard Mitt Romney has condoned false and misleading statements that have led the 117th Congress of the United States to further conduct an illegal and unconstitutional 2nd Impeachment proceeding against President Donald J. Trump," the petition later states. 

In this screengrab taken from a Senate Television webcast, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) talks about how his faith guided his deliberations on the articles of impeachment during impeachment proceedings against U.S. President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol on February 5, 2020 in Washington, DC. Senators will cast their final vote to convict or acquit later today. (Getty Images)

The petition adds that when Romney voted to convict the former president of inciting the mob that barged into the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, he "embarrassed the State of Utah". 

The petition is doing the rounds just as leaders of the Republican Party in Utah clarified they have no plans to censure Romney for his vote. "As a party, we are focused on supporting our elected officials and unifying around those principles that got them elected," party chair Derek Brown reportedly told FOX 13. "At this point, we believe it is crucial to focus on unifying our party, working together to retain those new voters who joined the Republican Party this last year, while bringing back any who may have left."

Romney is under heat in light of the censuring of the six other Republican senators who voted to convict Trump by party officials in their home states. Sen. Bill Cassidy was censured on Saturday by the Louisiana Republican Party while Sen. Patrick Toomey has been reportedly censured by several Pennsylvania county GOP committees. Earlier this month, U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming was censured. The North Carolina GOP is expected to vote Monday on whether to censure Sen. Richard Burr.

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) questions the witnesses, who were appearing remotely, during the Senate Committee for Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing on COVID-19 May 12, 2020 in Washington, D.C. The committee will hear testimony from members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force on how to safely open the country and get America back to work and school. (Getty Images)

In a written statement, the Utah GOP explained, "The violence at the US Capitol on January 6 was horrific and inexcusable," it read in part. "Utah’s United States Senators each experienced those events firsthand, and then relived them during the ... impeachment presentation. In the end, each of our senators voted differently."

The petition is bringing to light how difficult it was for Republicans to stand up during Trump's second impeachment. "They are disgraceful, what is wrong with these people! Thank you Mitt Romney & all those who voted for the truth of what happened, I see now why it was so hard for so many Republicans. The party is rotten throughout. Start your own the true Republican Party no longer exists!" one tweeted. "@SenatorRomney @MittRomney Thank you sincerely for your vote to convict the the former President. I stand with you and support you. I hope the @GOP will continue to stand with you," another added. 



 

 



 

Many slammed the party for the divide. "@MittRomney @SenatorBurr @lisamurkowski @SenatorCollins @SenBillCassidy @BenSasse @SenToomey Disgusting that your own Party punishes those who "vote their conscience" or "do the right thing." [email protected] is acting like a dictatorship lately! History &  stand w you! STAY STRONG!" one said. "Republican is no longer a Political Party, it's a Propaganda Promoter (Mormons with common sense in Utah will back Mitt Romney, but they do need to persuade the rest of Utah). I'm over this #TrumpShitShow , let Donald go bankrupt in Court!" another added. 



 

 



 

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