On Saturday, May 1, Republican Senator Mitt Romney of Utah took the stage at the state's GOP convention to give a speech.
As Romney began to speak, however, he was met with loud boos and jeers because of his votes to impeach former President Donald Trump.
The crowd of delegates, who yelled Romney was a "communist," would later vote on censuring the former Republican Presidential nominee. The motion failed 711-798, narrowly avoiding a massive embarrassment for both Romney and the Republican party.
But although he was not censured, the reaction of many Republicans to Romney's speech only underlines many conservative's unwavering adulation for Trump.
Sen. Mitt Romney is booed by Utah Republicans at their state convention #utpol #utgop https://t.co/FLi1W6iZ9L— Bryan Schott (@Bryan Schott)1619898252.0
Mitt Romney being booed off stage at Utah’s GOP convention https://t.co/CEDIJVwqMV— American.357 (@American.357)1619907463.0
For many of the people at this convention, it seemed the only true sign of being a Republican was whole-hearted support of Trump, no matter what.
Mitt Romney is booed by his own constituents. Calls for Liz Cheney to be removed from Republican leadership. The GO… https://t.co/iPcHOt7Huo— Rob Reiner (@Rob Reiner)1619971011.0
Trumpublicans attack Liz Cheney as being a “RINO”. A Cheney! They booed McCain, 2008 GOP nominee, as he was dying.… https://t.co/NzqhFbkSzq— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@Ana Navarro-Cárdenas)1619914705.0
Republicans in Utah booed Mitt Romney and called him a "communist" just to prove that they have no idea what any wo… https://t.co/jgzA2z1xHx— JRehling (@JRehling)1619911591.0
The resolution to censure Romney was sponsored by Davis County delegate Don Guymon, who said Romney's vote to impeach Trump "hurt the Constitution and hurt the party."
"This was a process driven by Democrats who hated Trump."
You’re doing the right thing for the right reason, Mitt. They’ll come around. https://t.co/XjHePfMtv6— Jeff Flake (@Jeff Flake)1620006326.0
Mitt Romney getting booed to his face by the Utah GOP is why the republicans are so damn beatable in 2022. They’re… https://t.co/0Y9nvAwnmG— Palmer Report (@Palmer Report)1619911761.0
After some initial booing, Romney told the crowd:
"I don't hide the fact that I wasn't a fan of our last President's character issues."
This immediately prompted more boos.
After the jeering died down a bit, Romney continued:
"Aren't you embarrassed?"
if people are calling Mitt Romney a “communist,” it would seem like that word has lost all meaning except as now a… https://t.co/EH9XgrOSyI— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@Edward-Isaac Dovere)1619927511.0
Matt Gatez gets invitations to speak at Republican Party functions after it’s revealed he paid for sex with a teena… https://t.co/QUCw0B54dN— USED TO BE G.O.P. (@USED TO BE G.O.P.)1619970948.0
Online, many Republicans failed to recognize the ominousness of their own hero worship.
The only surprise about Mitt Romney being booed at the GOP Convention yesterday is that it wasn’t louder. Mitt is… https://t.co/M15GMY7ATB— Amy Tarkanian (@Amy Tarkanian)1619970444.0
Have to admit, seeing RINO Mitt Romney getting booed in Utah makes me feel all warm inside.... Think he gets it ye… https://t.co/DyqnFItLgH— Rob (@Rob)1620054463.0
Many liberals on Twitter pointed to this incident as yet another reason to disregard Republican calls for "unity" and "bipartisanship" now that Democrats hold majority in both houses of Congress.
"Aren't you embarrassed?" No. No they are not. https://t.co/0cOsnlurgu— T. Greg Doucette (@T. Greg Doucette)1620049268.0
The @GOP is a paranoid, racist, insurrectionist party that has decided that anything less than the irrational worsh… https://t.co/MZ6pC6HOFs— Bradley Whitford (@Bradley Whitford)1620016868.0
During his speech, Romney concluded:
"I understand I have a few folks who don't like me terribly much and I―I'm sorry about that."
"But I express my mind as I believe is right and I follow my conscience as I believe is right."