Romney talk

Sen. Mitt Romney, center, and Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson, right, visit the vaccine clinic at the North Davis Senior Center in March 2021.

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Washington County Republicans vented their displeasure with Sen. Mitt Romney on Saturday, approving a resolution censuring him for voting to convict former President Donald Trump during his two impeachment trials.

Saturday’s resolution scolded Romney for voting with Senate Democrats to convict Trump. The resolution defended the former president who was accused of inciting the deadly riot and attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, calling his impeachment an “unconstitutional Senate show trial.”

“Trump supporters and conservative Republicans need to know the Republican Party is going to stand up for its principles and the constitutional process,” said Larry Meyers, a member of the party’s state central committee who wrote Saturday’s resolution.

Some in Utah’s dominant political party have been pushing to punish Romney since Trump’s first impeachment trial in February 2020, but have been unable to find enough support. Rep. Phil Lyman, R-Blanding, attempted to introduce a censure of Romney last year, but legislative leaders headed off that effort, opting to send Trump a letter of support.

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