Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, waits to participate in a mock swearing-in ceremony in the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, as the 116th Congress begins. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Some people aren’t happy with Mitt Romney.
As you’re surely aware, the Republican Utah senator voted on Wednesday — along with the opposition party — to nix Trump’s presidency.
Still, Michael Medved’s cool with it:
I disagree (strongly) with the decision by @MittRomney to vote to remove the president, but I greatly respect the courage and conviction that led him to take his lonely stand. His choice is clearly motivated by conscience, not pettiness or pursuit of self-interest.
— Michael Medved (@MedvedSHOW) February 5, 2020
But a whole bunch are not, and now some are calling to either expel Mitt from the GOP or recall him from the Senate.
And leading the way: Trump Jr.
Here’s a tweeting of strong words:
“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.”
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
As noted by The Daily Wire, former White House advisor Andrew Surabian retweeted it, embellished by a hashtag:
NY Rep. Lee Zeldin believes Romney’s ramming was more than a little bit personal:
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.
— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) February 5, 2020
Even Ronna McDaniel took a stand — and she’s Mitt’s niece:
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.
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) February 5, 2020
But it gets bigger: As covered by RedState’s Mike Ford, last week, Republican Utah state Rep. Tim Quinn introduced a bill that would allow the state to recall senators via vote following a petition.
Tim told the Deseret News Wednesday the legislation wasn’t aimed at Mitt, but the timing definitely works out.
And, as relayed by The Daily Wire:
DN reported on Wednesday afternoon that support for the bill exploded immediately following Romney’s defection from the party on the impeachment vote:
Rep. Tim Quinn, R-Heber City, said Wednesday he received more than 100 phone calls and 250 emails in just over an hour that were “100% positive to the bill.”
Though Quinn said the proposal was in the works before impeachment and is not about Romney, he picked up a half dozen House co-sponsors after Romney announced on the U.S. Senate floor that he would vote to find Trump guilty of abuse of power.
Mitt appears resigned to whatever fate results:
“I don’t know what might happen in the Utah Legislature. I will accept whatever consequence is sent my way and recognize that is part of the job. People don’t expect me to be a shrinking violet.”
If social media’s any indication, that petition might not be too difficult. Here’s a bit of results from a Twitter search of “#RecallRomney”:
Everyone thinks you are a spinless hack and a stone cold loser.
I hope the Republican Caucus kicks you out immediately and the people of Utah vote to recall your pathetic, carpet bagging self.#RecallRomney
— Judson Sapp (@JudsonSapp) February 5, 2020
Mitt Romney is forever jealous of our great President Donald Trump. Mitt is still crying because in his first attempt Trump became President of the United States when Mitt, a career politician, snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Sad little man. #RecallRomney.
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) February 5, 2020
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) February 5, 2020
The Republican party is a big tent but it is not limitless. People who vote to convict and remove the most successful Republican president in decades who was railroaded by Democrats and their bogus articles of impeachment are not welcome. #ExpelRomney @UtahGOP #RecallRomney https://t.co/hFt3lA49W2
— Kim Priestap 🔥 #1A #2A #MolonLabe (@kimpriestap) February 5, 2020
Romney is a TRUMP-HATER. If he was acting as an American First, HATER ROMNEY would not try to DESTROY AMERICA INSIDE OUT. Romney is a HATEFILLED man because he wanted to be President! #RecallRomney. pic.twitter.com/szBlwtawUP
— Barbara Ann (@daynutrition) February 5, 2020
— ✌Derek🤙 (@drobdaily) February 5, 2020
In opposing the President, Mitt certainly stood on his own in a historic way. Might there be more history about to be made because of it?
I wouldn’t be surprised. The partisan war and its ugliness took front and center Tuesday night as Nancy Pelosi tore the State of the Union address in half. It was symbolic — not just of the bitter battle raging between members of two factions on Capitol Hill, but of the tear in the fabric of our country.
And amid the lacerations, a certain Mormon senator could see himself ripped from office.
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