Yang congratulates Romney for 'voting his conscience and character' in convicting Trump

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew YangAndrew YangJack Dorsey committing billion to coronavirus relief efforts Campaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis Andrew Yang: Calling coronavirus 'China virus' only used to incite 'hostility' MORE congratulated Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyOutgoing inspector general says Trump fired him for carrying out his 'legal obligations' Trump selects White House lawyer for coronavirus inspector general Overnight Health Care: CDC recommends face coverings in public | Resistance to social distancing sparks new worries | Controversy over change of national stockpile definition | McConnell signals fourth coronavirus bill MORE (R-Utah) for voting to convict President TrumpDonald John TrumpCDC updates website to remove dosage guidance on drug touted by Trump Trump says he'd like economy to reopen 'with a big bang' but acknowledges it may be limited Graham backs Trump, vows no money for WHO in next funding bill MORE in the Senate on Wednesday. 

"I just want to congratulate Sen. Mitt Romney for voting his conscience and his character," Yang told CNN's Don LemonDon Carlton LemonMegyn Kelly rips Don Lemon over Trump criticism: CNN 'still pretends he is an objective news anchor' News programs, game shows see spike in viewers amid pandemic 'Pod Save America' host urges networks not to air Trump coronavirus briefings MORE at a town hall in Manchester, N.H. 

"He was the lone Republican to do so, which was disappointing but not wholly surprising," he continued. "We have to bring the country together, solve the problems that got Donald Trump elected in the first place, and that's how we're going to defeat him in the fall."

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Romney shocked his Republican colleagues on Wednesday when he voted to convict Trump on the charge of abuse of power in his Senate impeachment trial, saying “the president is guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust [and] a flagrant assault on our electoral rights.” Romney voted to acquit on the obstruction of Congress charge.

Yang said impeachment alone would not make it more difficult to defeat Trump in November. 

"I think the ongoing polarization of our country is making Donald Trump harder to best in November," Yang said when asked if impeachment would make it harder for a Democrat to beat Trump.

"The fact is, many Americans have regarded this impeachment process as a football game or a baseball game where you know what the score is going to be at the end," he continued. "That's the way it played out, unfortunately." 

--This report was updated on Feb. 6 at 6:36 a.m.