Feb 5, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Trump Jr. calls for Romney to be "expelled" from GOP after conviction announcement

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Donald Trump Jr. joined a collection of Republicans who denounced Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) on Wednesday after the senator announced he would vote to convict the president in the impeachment trial.

What they're saying: "Mitt Romney is forever bitter that he will never be POTUS. He was too weak to beat the Democrats then so he’s joining them now. He’s now officially a member of the resistance & should be expelled from the @GOP," the president's eldest son tweeted moments after Romney announced his decision.

  • Corey Lewandowski, Trump's 2016 campaign manager, tweeted: "W.Mitt Romney AKA Pierre Delecto - will always be remembered as the candidate who chocked [sic] when it mattered most. He begged for @realDonaldTrump to endorse him - now we know he will be a 1 term Senator."
  • Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) tweeted: "Mitt Romney absolutely despises that Donald Trump was elected POTUS & he was not. The sore loser mentality launched this sham impeachment & corruptly rigged & jammed it through the House. It looks like Schiff recruited himself a sore loser buddy on the GOP side to play along."
  • Chair of the Republican National Committee Ronna McDaniel, who is Romney's niece, tweeted: "This is not the first time I have disagreed with Mitt, and I imagine it will not be the last. The bottom line is President Trump did nothing wrong, and the Republican Party is more united than ever behind him. I, along with the @GOP, stand with President Trump."
  • The Republican National Committee in a press release said: "Reminder, Mitt Romney’s actions today are wildly out of step with his own constituents. President Donald Trump is more popular in Utah than Mitt Romney."

The big picture: Romney was disinvited from the CPAC 2020 conference after his vote to summon witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial.

  • His announcement Wednesday came at the risk of further alienating him from the GOP.

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Romney and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) at Trump's State of the Union address on Feb. 4. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

After Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) voted to convict President Trump for abuse of power in the impeachment trial Wednesday, Republicans doubled down to rebuke the senator while Democrats rushed to his defense.

What he's saying: "I am aware that there are people in my party and in my state who will strenuously disapprove of my decision, and in some quarters, I will be vehemently denounced," Romney said on the Senate floor Wednesday. "I am sure to hear abuse from the President and his supporters."

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Romney says he will not vote for Trump in 2020 election

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Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) made clear in an interview with The Atlantic on Wednesday that he will not vote for President Trump's re-election in November.

Driving the news: Romney sent shockwaves through Washington after announcing he would vote to convict Trump in the impeachment trial — becoming the only Senate Republican to break ranks and vote for the president's removal from office.

CPAC chair says he would fear for Romney's "physical safety" if he attended

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Matt Schlapp, chair of the Conservative Political Action Conference, said in an interview with Full Court Press Sunday that he would be afraid for Sen. Mitt Romney's (R-Utah) safety if the former presidential candidate attended the yearly conservative conference.

Driving the news: Romney has faced substantial blowback from Trump loyalists in the Republican Party over his vote last week to convict the president in his impeachment trial. Schlapp had already announced on Twitter that Romney was "formally NOT invited" to CPAC after his vote to call new impeachment witnesses.