CPAC chairman says he would fear for Romney’s safety at conservative gathering

The chairman of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) said in a recent interview that he would “actually be afraid” for Sen. Mitt Romney’s (R-Utah) “physical safety” if he were to attend the gathering later this month. 

Matt Schlapp, the chairman of the group, made the remark during an appearance on “Full Court Press With Greta Van Susteren” after being pressed about the group’s decision to disinvite the Utah senator from attending the event last month over his vote to approve additional witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial.

{mosads}“We won’t credential him as a conservative. I suppose if he wants to come as a non-conservative and debate an issue with us, maybe in the future we would have him come. This year, I’d actually be afraid for his physical safety, people are so mad at him,” Schlapp told Susteren on Sunday, according to Mediaite

It’s unclear whether Romney had plans to attend the CPAC event.

“The biggest problem we have with Mitt Romney is not that he’s just an individual following his political course,” Schlapp said. “It’s the fact that he’s lied so continuously to conservatives.”

He went on to call Romney, the Republican nominee for president in 2012, a “use ’em and lose ’em kind of guy,” saying: “When he needed a conservative like Donald Trump to endorse him in his Senate primary last time, he wanted him in.”

“But then, when he gets the Senate job, he wants to distance himself from Trump,” he added.

The Hill has reached out to Schlapp for further comment.

After breaking with most Senate Republicans by joining Democrats in calling for witnesses at the impeachment trial, Romney became the only Republican to vote to impeach Trump on either article of impeachment.

Though the Utah Republican has said he expects “unimaginable” consequences for the move, he said on Sunday that the oath he swore under the Constitution and “before God to apply impartial justice as a Senate juror” led him to make the decision.

“Well, I took my responsibility exactly as the Constitution defines it and as the oath I took requires it,” Romney said. “Which is that I was sworn before God to apply impartial justice as a Senate juror.”

The Senate voted to acquit Trump on both impeachment charges last week. 

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