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Romney Faces Wrath of Trump After Vote to Convict

Mitch McConnell says he is 'disappointed'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2020 6:52 AM CST
Updated Feb 6, 2020 6:58 AM CST

(Newser) – The only senator from either party to break with their party in Wednesday's impeachment trial verdict was Sen. Mitt Romney, who incurred the wrath of more than one Donald Trump with his vote to convict the president of abuse of power. In one of several anti-Romney tweets, President Trump shared a video that accused the Republican senator of being a "secret Democrat asset" who had tried to infiltrate his administration. Donald Trump Jr. tweeted that Romney "is forever bitter that he will never be POTUS" and "was too weak to beat the Democrats then so he’s joining them now. " Trump Jr. said Romney is now a "member" of the resistance and should be kicked out of the GOP. On Instagram, he slammed Romney for wearing "mom jeans." More:

  • McConnell is "disappointed." Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he was "disappointed" and "surprised" by Romney's vote, but he would still seek his support in the Senate, the Hill reports. "We've got a lot more votes to cast between now and November, and I'm going to need his support on a whole variety of things that are important to the president and to the country," he told Fox News' Sean Hannity.
  • Romney's own niece criticizes him. Romney's niece, Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, made it clear she did not support his decision, the Washington Post reports. "This is not the first time I’ve disagreed with Mitt, and I imagine it will not be the last," she said. White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham, who worked for the Romney campaign in 2012, described him as one of the president's "political opponents" and a "failed Republican presidential candidate."

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