A petition to censure Mitt Romney is circulating among Utah Republicans after Romney voted to convict former President Trump, according to The Hill.
The petition accuses Romney of failing to “represent the average conservative Utah Republican voter” and of having “misrepresented himself as a Republican.”
“Senator Willard Mitt Romney has prioritized his personal and political vendetta against President Donald J. Trump ahead of the Constitution of the United States, the interest of We, the People, and the advancement of the Republican Platform,” the petition states.
Those that signed the document are accusing Mitt Romney of having “embarrassed the State of Utah” with his vote to convict Trump.
The signatories of the document go further saying that Romney’s vote to convict Trump “intentionally violate the 1st, 4th, 5th and 14th Amendment Rights” of Trump.
“Whereas; Senator Willard Mitt Romney has condoned false and misleading statements that have led the 117th Congress of the United States to further conduct an illegal and unconstitutional 2nd Impeachment proceeding against President Donald J.Trump.”
The document goes on to say that the Utah Republican Party “leadership has failed to issue a censure” against Romney.
Utah GOP Chairman Derek Brown said, “I’ve been saying the best censure occurs at the ballot box.”
The Utah Republican Party acknowledged that Romney and Sen. Mike Lee voted differently during the trial and noted that it showed “diversity of thought, in contrast to the danger of a party fixated on ‘unanimity of thought.'”
“There is power in our differences as a political party, and we look forward to each senator explaining their votes to the people of Utah,” the statement reads. “Disagreement is natural and healthy in a party that is based on principles—not on persona.”
“As 2021 begins, we look neither to the past, nor to be punitive,” the party added. “We look to the future with optimism and a commitment to those principles that inspired our Founders over two centuries ago. We will continue to be unified behind those principles, and are confident that as we do so, those who have joined our party will stay, while those who have left will soon return.”
From The Hill:
Romney was one of seven Republican senators who voted to convict the former president on a charge of inciting an insurrection, but the Senate did not reach the two-thirds majority required to find Trump guilty.
The former 2012 Republican presidential nominee is not the only senator facing possible censures, as the Louisiana Republican Party censured Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) over the weekend and several county-level GOP parties have censured Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.).
The North Carolina GOP planned to vote on a censure against Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) on Monday for his vote to convict Trump.