Charlie Kirk, founder of conservative organization Turning Point USA, encouraged the crowd at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Wednesday to boo for Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyOfficer who directed rioters away from senators says Jan. 6 could have been a 'bloodbath' Ukraine's 'Back to the Future' scenario: Deploying troops is a Cold War solution Bipartisan Senate group discusses changes to election law MORE (R-Utah), who has become a target on the right over his vote in favor of removing President TrumpDonald TrumpDeputy AG: DOJ investigating fake Trump electors Former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz elected to Baseball Hall of Fame Overnight Health Care — Senators unveil pandemic prep overhaul MORE from office.
When Kirk paused after mentioning the past “Republican Party of Mitt Romney” during his speech at the Maryland event, members of the audience broke out booing.
“Correct answer, by the way, correct,” Kirk said. “Every time his name is mentioned, you should respond that way.”
Kirk told the crowd that Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee “lied to every single person in this room,” by voting for the “sham, unconstitutional impeachment.”
Romney was the sole Republican senator to join Democrats in voting to convict Trump on a charge of abuse of power earlier this month.
Leaders of CPAC formally disinvited Romney after his vote.
Romney said Trump is “guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust,” in a floor speech before his vote.
“I swore an oath before God to exercise impartial justice. I am profoundly religious. My faith is at the heart of who I am. I take an oath before God as enormously consequential,” Romney said at the time.
Trump has repeatedly lashed out at Romney over his decision to vote with the Democrats, slamming him as a "failed presidential candidate" and telling Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) at a White House event, "You keep him. We don’t want him."