The Republican-controlled Senate voted last Wednesday to officially acquit President Donald Trump on both articles of impeachment.
Regarding the first article of impeachment, “abuse of power,” 52 voted “not guilty” and 48 voted “guilty.”
Utah GOP Sen. Mitt Romney was the only Republican to vote with Democrats on this charge against the president, and he’s about to pay the price for it.
Soon after his betrayal, several prominent Republicans have gone on record and called for Romney to resign from office.
Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro used the opening monologue of her heavily-watched program on Saturday night to instruct Romney that it’s time for him to resign from the Senate.
“How dare he! How could he? And why would he?” Pirro exclaimed.
Pirro blasted Romney’s justification for his vote to convict, saying that he brought up his religious principles as an excuse for his “phony” attempt to win over the “Trump-hating left.”
“Your jealousy of this man [Trump] is a constant rage burning within you because you can never rise to the heights that he has. Because guys like you fold like wusses and you don’t have any selflessness or the ability to think about others, as Donald Trump has thought about making America first,” Pirro declared.
“How about you get the hell out of the United States Senate? The people in Utah are furious with you, and your dream of endearing yourself to the Trump-hating left is a joke.”
Pirro is one of many prominent Republicans calling for Romney’s ouster after his vote against Trump.
Trump’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., said Romney “should be expelled” from the Republican Party.
“He was too weak to beat the Democrats then so he’s joining them now,” the president’s son tweeted. “He’s now officially a member of the resistance & should be expelled from the @GOP.”
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.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 5, 2020
After he voted with Democrats last month on a motion to allow witness testimony in the Senate trial, Romney learned that he will not be invited to this year’s CPAC.
Matt Schlapp, the chairman of CPAC, tweeted that Romney has been blocked from speaking at the event.
Romney has spoken at CPAC for many years, dating back to his failed 2012 presidential run. So disinviting him after this long speaks volumes.
“The “extreme conservative” and Junior Senator from the great state of Utah, @SenatorRomney is formally NOT invited to #CPAC2020,” Schlapp wrote.
— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) January 31, 2020
While Romney will always be a closet liberal working against the president, his plan of voting against the president backfired in spectacular fashion.
The president was acquitted of both impeachment charges and the witch hunt is finally over.
Beyond that, it’s doubtful that Romney will retire or resign from Congress.
But he may have ticked off enough people in Utah that his own constituents vote him out of office.