Unlike several other state Republican parties who censured Senators who voted to convict former President Trump, the Utah GOP party announced they will not censure Senator Mitt Romney.
GOP chair Derek Brown told Fox13 “As a party, we are focused on supporting our elected officials and unifying around those principles that got them elected.”
He added “at this point, we believe it is crucial to focus on unifying our party, working together to retain those new voters who joined the Republican Party this last year, while bringing back any who may have left.”
In an official statement, the Utah Republican party wrote “The violence at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 was horrific and inexcusable. Utah’s United States Senators each experienced those events firsthand, and then relived them during the Democratic House Managers’ relentless video-driven impeachment presentation. In the end, each of our senators voted differently.”
“Disagreement is natural and healthy in a party that is based on principles—not on persona,” they continue.
“We look neither to the past, nor to be punitive,” the statement concludes.
Romney released the following statement regarding his vote to convict President Trump.
“After careful consideration of the respective counsels’ arguments, I have concluded that President Trump is guilty of the charge made by the House of Representatives. President Trump attempted to corrupt the election by pressuring the Secretary of State of Georgia to falsify the election results in his state. President Trump incited the insurrection against Congress by using the power of his office to summon his supporters to Washington on January 6th and urging them to march on the Capitol during the counting of electoral votes. He did this despite the obvious and well known threats of violence that day. President Trump also violated his oath of office by failing to protect the Capitol, the Vice President, and others in the Capitol. Each and every one of these conclusions compels me to support conviction.”
Romney was joined by 6 other GOP Senators who also voted to convict Trump – Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Susan Collins (Maine), Ben Sasse (Neb.), Patrick Toomey (Pa.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Richard Burr (N.C.).