As conservatives fight back against a push to create a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol, one Republican has sided with the Democrats.
Conservatives blasted Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, Tuesday for saying that he would vote in favor of the commission. Sen. Romney has long drawn the ire of the Republican base for his criticism of former president Donald Trump.
“RINO Senator Mitt Romney said he WILL support the Jan 6. Commission Bill,” said Ryan Fournier, founder of Students for Trump. “There is no room for this bottom feeding swamp creature in Donald Trump’s Republican Party!”
Conservatives argue the commission could be weaponized to target pro-Trump Republicans and blame them and their rhetoric for the storming of the Capitol earlier this year. The measure would require 60 votes in the Senate, but so far other Republican Senators have hinted they could support the commission as well.
“Some people like to talk about how I wasn’t a Republican until recently,” said Vernon Jones, Republican candidate for governor of Georgia. “You’re right: I was never a Romney Republican. But I’ve always been a Trump Republican. Country, over party; I consider that a good thing!”
So far, Romney has stood firm in his position despite the criticism, but this isn’t the first time he has upset his own party. Republicans in his home state even voted to censure him for his vote to impeach then-president Trump. The Weber County GOP voted earlier this month to censure Romney, releasing a resolution laying out their issues with the Utah Senator.
“The Weber County Republican Convention censures Mitt Romney for his votes to convict President Trump in two U.S. Senate impeachment trials which denied the President due process, allowed falsified evidence, did not provide adequate time for an investigation, and did not follow the U.S. Constitution which states a President may only be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors,” the resolution reads. It goes on to say that “the Utah Republican Party Platform requires us to hold elected leaders accountable to ethical standards, and voting to convict a former President without sufficient evidence to prove any of the elements of the charge of incitement of insurrection is both unjust and unethical…”