Romney booed while on stage at Utah GOP convention

Utah Republicans’ bid to censure Sen. Mitt Romney for Trump impeachment votes fails

"I'm a man who says what he means, and you know I was not a fan of our last president's character issues", Romney said as the crowd threw insults at him including "communist" and "traitor", first reported The Salt Lake Tribune.

About 1,900 delegates were in attendance at the start of the state organizing convention, held at the Maverik Center, Cox said.

Mitt Romney was booed at his home state GOP convention in Utah this weekend, while delegates cheered the state's other USA senator, Mike Lee. "My dad was the governor of MI and I was the Republican nominee for president in 2012", Romney stressed as boos "flew from the crowd like so many poison darts", according to the newspaper.

The booing and heckling lasted over a minute, which prompted Utah GOP chair Derek Brown to intervene by walking up on stage and say, "My friends, this is the moment I was talking about, please show respect". The anger, and the censure motion, were in response to Romney twice voting to convict former President Trump in his impeachment trial, CNN reports.

Trump, for his part, has repeatedly referred to Romney as RINO (Republican in name only), also slamming the senator as a "choke artist" and "one of the dumbest and worst candidates in the history of Republican politics".

"Yeah, I understand I have a few folks that don't like me terribly much and I'm sorry about that", Romney also said.

The vocal backlash came after Romney, who represents Utah in the U.S. Senate, narrowly avoided censure by the state's GOP over his votes during the both impeachment trials of Trump.

Romney thanked Brown. Applause began in the crowd. "My dad was the governor of MI and I was the Republican nominee for president in 2012". This week, he correctly said that China is an existential threat to our democracy. There were also cheers for the former Republican presidential nominee, but the chorus of jeers seemed to drown them out as heard in videos posted online. CNN's Jake Tapper brought all of this up as he interviewed Collins on State of the Union, and she offered a disapproving reaction.

"We need to be accepting of differences in our party", Collins drove home. 'We Republicans need to remember that we are united by fundamental principles, such as a belief in personal responsibility, individual freedom, opportunity, free markets, a strong national defense'. "We are not a party that is led by just one person".

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