When Senator Mitt Romney walked onto the stage at the Utah GOP Convention this weekend he was met by a sea of boos from the audience. The state's senator has faced a lot of negative repercussions as well as a threat from the GOP delegation to censure his votes to impeach former President Donald Trump.
Chairman of the Utah GOP, Derek Brown, even had to step in to interrupt Romney's speech to persuade the crowd to calm down.
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Romney began, "I'm a man who says what he means, and you know I was not a fan of our last president's character issues."
His words were met with jeers and insults from the crowd including one person calling him a "communist" and "traitor."
"You can boo all you like," Romney responded. "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."
The longtime Utah Republican did not let the crowd's negative reaction stop him from ending his speech on a positive note.
"We need to come together in strength and unity," said Romney.
Not everyone in the crowd expressed their dislike of the Senator, some stood up to counter the negative reaction and applauded Romney, signifying a great divide the Republican Party has seen nationwide between traditional conservative voters and the MAGA crowd.
Ultimately, the GOP in Utah voted not to censure Romney to impeach Trump. The Senator was also joined by six other Republican senators including Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.
The people standing are opposed to the resolution to censure Romney. They're being counted now. pic.twitter.com/zOSYtmEaJD
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Because Romney also voted to impeach Trump during his first impeachment trial in 2019, it could prove to be a problem if he were to try to seek reelection in 2024.