In the eyes of many Americans, Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) betrayed our president, our party, and our country with his vote to convict Trump in the Senate impeachment trial.
Fox News host Laura Ingraham is so furious, in fact, she stated this week that she’ll move to Utah and run against Romney when he comes up for re-election in 2024 if she has to.
On Wednesday, the Senate finally voted on whether to convict or acquit Trump. Entirely unsurprisingly, the Senate vote fell along party lines — save for Romney.
Prior to the votes being formally cast, senators were given 10 minutes on the floor to explain their upcoming vote. When Romney took the floor, he informed the country he would be voting to convict on the charge of “abuse of power,” a move that prompted a vicious backlash within the party almost instantly.
This would mark the first time in history any party member has voted to remove a president in their own party.
The expel Romney movement
By the time Romney completed his statement, the outrage had already started. First to go after Romney was Donald Trump Jr., who recommended that Romney be expelled from the party.
It did not take long for this idea to go viral, with many conservative personalities piling on. By that night, nearly every conservative host was expressing their outrage.
Ingrahm did not mince words on Wednesday, saying that Romeny is the “ultimate selfish, preening, self-centered politician” who is retaliating against Trump after being passed over for Secretary of State. Ingraham lamented that “for a few brief, shining moments in 2008 and 2012, some of us thought that Romney had a solid core. Boy, did he fool us.”
Ingraham continued, “We won’t ever forget. Utah should never forget. And if I have to move there to run against him in four-and-a-half years, I will.”
That will likely not be needed, though, because Romney’s career is, in essence, over. The people of Utah were furious, and his approval ratings are now at an all-time low.
If Romney decides to run in 2024 — and honestly, he may decide to resign, as he has become an outcast in the party — there is little doubt that just about any GOP candidate would defeat him.
If the state party is smart, they will start looking at candidates right now to run up against him in a primary to ensure Democrats do not sneak in there and steal a seat. Who knows… that candidate may actually turn out to be Ingraham.