(RoyalPatriot.com )- Utah Republican Senator Mitt Romney was booed at a GOP convention in his home state last week, and there’s at least one member of his party who took pleasure in that.
On Sunday, former President Donald Trump basked in the glory of one of his enemies in the GOP being booed. He even went as far as calling Romney a “stone cold loser.”
Trump put out a statement to respond to the boos, saying:
So nice to see RINO Mitt Romney booed off the stage at the Utah Republican State Convention. They are among the earliest to have figured this guy out, a stone cold loser!”
Trump used the RINO acronym to refer to Romney as a “Republican In Name Only.” In other words, he’s officially affiliated with the Republican Party, but he doesn’t uphold the ideals of the party, as Trump would like him to.
The event which Romney attended was a state Republican Party event at a conference in Utah. He attended that event — and was booed by those in attendance — only hours before the GOP in Utah took a vote on whether to censure Romney.
Don Guymon, a party delegate from Davis County in Utah, submitted a resolution to censure Romney. The reasoning was that Romney voted to convict Trump in both of his impeachment trials while he was in the White House.
In the resolution, Guymon said Romney “consistently publicly criticized President Trump.” He further said Romney’s comments “not only hurt President Trump’s reelection but hurt other Republicans on the ballot.”
The vote to censure Romney ultimately failed. The final vote tally was 798 against and 711 for censuring the senator.
The Salt Lake Tribune reported that delegates at the conference began booing once Romney started to speak at the event. Many started yelling at him, too, with some calling him a “communist” and others calling him a “traitor.”
In a video, Romney is heard saying:
“You know me as a person who says what he thinks, and I don’t hide the fact that I wasn’t a fan of our last president’s character issues.”
Later, he spoke directly to the booing crowd, saying: “Aren’t. you embarrassed?”
He tried to continue speaking over the shouting and boos, saying:
“I understand that I have a few folks who don’t like me terribly much, and I’m sorry about that. But I express my mind as I believe is right, and I follow my conscience as I believe is right.
Romney was the only Republican Senator who voted to convict Trump at both of his two trials. In fact, Romney voted to convict Trump on two of the three overall counts that were brought against him during his term in the White House.
The original vote to convict is what turned Trump against Romney in the first place. A 2019 CNBC report said Trump called Romney a “pompous ass” and a “fool” for stepping up and criticizing him.