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GOP in Utah county moves to censure Romney, despite state party’s vote against it



PROVO, Utah – The Republican Party in a Utah county is moving forward with censuring Sen. Mitt Romney over his vote to impeach former President Donald Trump, defying a decision by the state’s GOP to nix such a measure.

On Saturday, Weber County voted 116-97 to censure the Utah Republican.

“The Weber County Republican Convention censures Mitt Romney for his votes to convict President Trump in two U.S. Senate impeachment trials which denied the President due process, allowed falsified evidence, did not provide adequate time for an investigation, and did not follow the U.S. Constitution which states a President may only be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors,” the county resolution read.

The move follows a failed measure to censure Romney at the Utah Republican convention on May 1, which saw 798 delegates vote against the censure, compared to 711 in its favor.

Romney vocally criticized Trump throughout his presidency and voted to impeach the former president over a riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, which resulted in the deaths of five people. The senator was also the sole Republican to vote for Trump’s conviction in his first impeachment trial in early 2020, though Trump was ultimately acquitted in both instances.

During the GOP state convention, Romney was booed on stage but defended his stance on Trump. Some hecklers also called him a “traitor” and a “communist.”

“You can boo all you like,” Romney said. “I’ve been a Republican all of my life. My dad was the governor of Michigan, and I was the Republican nominee for president in 2012.”

Weber County’s resolution also thanked Sen. Mike Lee “for his votes to protect due process and the U.S. Constitution” by voting against Trump’s impeachment.

Reps. Chris Stewart, John Curtis, Blake Moore, and Burgess Owens were also honored by the county party for their votes.

Romney and the Utah Republican Party did not immediately respond to the Washington Examiner’s request for comment.