(Tea Party PAC) – Sen. Mitt Romney has a checkered past when it comes to his place in the conservative movement. Sure, he was once the “chosen one” to take on Barack Obama, but let’s face it, that was a huge mistake. Romney was a poor candidate who was wishy-washy on important, fundamental principles that folks on the right hold dear.
Well, he’s proven to be even more flaky in recent years, constantly attacking President Trump under the guise of standing on principle — again, something he’s notorious for not doing — when in reality it’s just to help defend his interests as part of the Republican Party establishment, which still hates Trump with a passion.
Now Romney’s made history by being the first Republican to vote for the impeachment of a president from his own party.
Here’s more on this from Infowars:
We have seen lots of strange things happen during President Trump’s time in the White House, and Mitt Romney added to that list on Wednesday when he voted to remove Trump from office.
It was the first time in American history that a U.S. Senator has voted to convict a president that belongs to the same political party, and this probably marks the beginning of the end of Romney’s political career.
Amazingly, Romney voted against Trump even though he knew that it would not affect the outcome of the vote.
In fact, Romney knew that he was going to be the only Republican to vote against Trump and he still did it anyway.
There have been two other instances in which the U.S. Senate has voted to either convict or acquit a sitting president. In 1868, President Andrew Johnson would have been convicted if even a single member of his own party had voted against him. The following comes from the Washington Post…
In 1868, Johnson, a Democrat, faced 11 articles of impeachment from a Republican-controlled House. The Senate considered those articles, ultimately deciding that all but eight were “objectionable.” A vote was held on three, all centered on Johnson’s having violated the Tenure of Office Act that Congress passed to try to constrain his behavior in office.
Thirty-six votes were needed to convict Johnson and remove him from office in the then-smaller Senate. On all three counts, 35 Republicans voted to convict. On all three, 10 Republicans and nine Democrats voted to acquit.
Bill Clinton was in danger of being removed from office in 1999, but every single Democrat and several Republicans in the Senate stood with him…
In 1999, Clinton, a Democrat, faced two articles of impeachment of four originally introduced in the House. On a charge of perjury, 45 Republicans voted to convict Clinton while 10 Republicans and 45 Democrats voted to acquit. On the other article, focused on obstruction of justice, five Republicans switched from not guilty to guilty. It didn’t matter, though; Republicans were still well shy of the 67 votes needed to remove him from office.
Most experts were anticipating that every single Republican would side with Trump for this vote, and so Romney’s decision was a huge surprise.
In an emotional speech on the Senate floor, Romney explained that he had to vote against Trump because his “oath before God demanded it”…
“I am aware that there are people in my party and in my state who will strenuously disapprove of my decision, and in some quarters, I will be vehemently denounced. I am sure to hear abuse from the President and his supporters. Does anyone seriously believe I would consent to these consequences other than from an inescapable conviction that my oath before God demanded it of me?”
If you have not seen it yet you can see it right here:
Needless to say, the reaction from Republicans all across the nation was swift and severe. During a conversation with reporters, Romney said that he was prepared to “accept whatever consequence is sent my way”…
“I will accept whatever consequence is sent my way and recognize that’s part of the job. People don’t expect me to be a shrinking violet,” he said. “I’m feeling the weight of the responsibility for the vote I’ve taken and know that it will have impact on me and my family for a long, long time to come.”
But will there actually be any consequences?
Immediately following the vote, Donald Trump Jr. suggested that Romney should be expelled from the Republican Party…
“Mitt Romney is forever bitter that he will never be POTUS,” tweeted Donald Trump Jr. about the Utah senator’s decision. “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.” The Republican National Committee blasted out a press release to reporters with the subject line: “Mitt Romney turns his back on Utah.”
Of course nobody is going to actually try to force him out of the Republican Party. The only way that he would leave is if he does it willingly.
And at this point Romney has nearly five years left in his Senate term. He is not up for re-election again until 2024, and so he has quite a long time before he has to face the voters again.
But could it be possible that he could be recalled? A lawmaker in Utah has actually introduced a bill that would make it possible, and Romney’s vote has created a surge of interest in that legislation…
As news of Sen. Mitt Romney’s vote to convict President Donald Trump spread, interest in a Utah lawmaker’s bill to allow Utahns to recall an elected U.S. senator began to catch fire at the state Capitol.
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.”
What kind of consequences, if any, will Romney face for his actions against the president? Probably nothing. He will likely stay exactly where he is at, continuing to be a pain in the neck for the president as he attempts to accomplish his agenda and help America along the path to recovery.
It’s unfortunate that Romney has chosen such a path, but unfortunately, it seems there are forces at work in Congress that want nothing more than to see the president fail, even though doing so would be terrible for the nation. Let’s hope the president and his many allies are able to fight off the assaults led by traitors like Romney and still get the work done to keep America great.