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

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew YangAndrew YangIs this the end of the 'college experience'? Biden campaign to take over 'Supernatural' star's Instagram for interview Hillicon Valley: Justice Department announces superseding indictment against WikiLeaks' Assange | Facebook ad boycott gains momentum | FBI sees spike in coronavirus-related cyber threats | Boston city government bans facial recognition technology MORE congratulated Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyTennessee primary battle turns nasty for Republicans NRCC poll finds McBath ahead of Handel in Georgia Unemployment debate sparks GOP divisions MORE (R-Utah) for voting to convict President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Coronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Ohio governor tests negative in second coronavirus test 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 LemonConfederate flag banner flies over Bristol Motor Speedway to flout NASCAR's ban Democratic super PAC to launch 'Creepy Trump' TV ad Loeffler doubles down against BLM, calls movement 'anti-Semitic' amid continued WNBA blowback 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.