Conservative leaders are so incensed by Utah Sen. Mitt Romney’s disgraceful handling of the impeachment process that the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) banned him from the 2020 gathering.
The freshman senator and failed 2012 GOP presidential candidate was once ranked among the most prominent conservative leaders. During his campaign against Obama, he reportedly won the CPAC straw poll endorsement. But his continued betrayal of traditional values and a personal grudge against President Donald Trump warranted CPAC leaders such as Matt Schlapp to publicly denounce Romney as a “Republican in Name Only” (RINO).
“The ‘extreme conservative’ and Junior Senator from the great state of Utah, @SenatorRomney is formally NOT invited to #CPAC2020,” Schlapp tweeted. “Mitt Romney deserved this (because) his Senate tenure is a waste, and his vote was the latest outrage.”
As senators mulled over subpoenaing additional witness in the impeachment hoax, Romney stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Democrats in the efforts to wrongly accuse and smear President Trump. His dust-ups with the President have been well-documented during the run-up to the 2016 election and beyond. The Democrat tactic was a purely partisan way to try to assassinate the president’s character and overturn the 2016 election.
“By all appearances, the President’s brazen and unprecedented appeal to China and to Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden is wrong and appalling,” Sen. Romney said.
He joined only one other “Republican” with Democrats, Maine RINO Susan Collins. Romney represents the old guard of the Republican Party. He’d likely prefer the business-as-usual days of the establishment D.C. Swamp that President Trump has been combating.
Even the Utah senator’s politically active niece does not support his underhanded acts against the GOP president.
“That’s the grassroots part of our party, and they’re upset,” Republican National Committee Ronna Romney McDaniel reportedly said. “They are upset when people aren’t supporting the president and supporting our party, and they think if you’re not supporting him, you’re helping a Democrat get elected.”
The recent vote to extend the impeachment trial and drive the country further into the muck appears to be the last straw for true conservatives. In Utah, a bill has been introduced to trigger a recall of RINOs such as Romney, who betray the will of the voters.
Utah Rep. Tim Quinn recently put forward legislation that would prompt a recall if 25 percent of the state’s voters signed a petition. Although Rep. Quinn has gone on the record claiming the bill was not specially tailored to target Sen. Romney, the timing is impeccable.
“Obviously, I didn’t open this bill file after he made some of that news with impeachment, it would have never been drafted this quickly,” Quinn reportedly said. He did mention that the bill would be a “good mechanism in place to make any senator, current or future, a little more accountable to those who elected him or her. Six years is a long time.”
It’s something of an open secret that Sen. Romney was apart of the Never-Trump coalition before 2016 and sided with other RINOs at the time. But what may be sustaining his animosity for President Trump is the fact he later came to the White House and begged to be named the President to make him Secretary of State. After being rebuffed by the president, he has been more part of the “resist and obstruct” Democrat movement than Make America Great Again.
As President Trump famously tweeted about Romney’s anti-conservative antics in 2019: “If Mitt worked this hard on Obama, he could have won. Sadly, he choked!”