Buttigieg: It was 'disgraceful' to hear Trump's attacks on Romney

Buttigieg: It was 'disgraceful' to hear Trump's attacks on Romney
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MANCHESTER, N.H. — Democratic presidential hopeful and former mayor of South Bend, Ind., Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegPoll: Bloomberg stalls after Vegas debate Bloomberg campaign: Vandalism at Tennessee office 'echoes language from the Sanders campaign and its supporters' Buttigieg to join striking South Carolina McDonald's workers next week MORE condemned President TrumpDonald John TrumpComey responds to Trump with Mariah Carey gif: 'Why are you so obsessed with me?' Congress to get election security briefing next month amid Intel drama New York man accused of making death threats against Schumer, Schiff MORE's attacks on Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyProgressives hope Nevada offers roadmap for pro-union 2020 victory Texas woman sentenced for illegal voting faces deportation after parole Trump campaign buys top advertising spot on YouTube for Election Day MORE (R-Utah) on Thursday after the senator's vote to convict the president on one charge during the impeachment trial, calling Trump's remarks "disgraceful." 

“It was disgraceful, especially to hear the way he attacked Sen. Romney for clearly following his own conscience and being more concerned about, as Sen. Romney clearly was, more concerned about the judgment of history and perhaps about his relationship with God, than about party loyalty,” Buttigieg told CNN's Chris CuomoChristopher (Chris) Charles CuomoTrump takes shot at Cuomo's brother ahead of Oval Office meeting Buttigieg: It was 'disgraceful' to hear Trump's attacks on Romney Media's selective outrage exposed in McSally-Raju kerfuffle MORE at a town hall. 

Romney took the political world by surprise on Wednesday when he voted to convict Trump on the charge of abuse of power, saying “the president is guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust” and “a flagrant assault on our electoral rights.” However, he did not vote to convict the president on the second charge of impeachment, obstruction of Congress. 

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Trump in turn launched a series of attacks on the Utah senator, who has had a contentious relationship with the president for years. 

"Had failed presidential candidate @MittRomney devoted the same energy and anger to defeating a faltering Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaFive takeaways from new fundraising reports for 2020 Democrats Obama sends birthday wishes to John Lewis: 'Thanks for making good trouble' The Hill's Campaign Report: Warren up, Bloomberg down after brutal debate MORE as he sanctimoniously does to me, he could have won the election," Trump tweeted Thursday morning. 

Trump later referred to Romney during the National Prayer Breakfast, claiming that he used his faith as a justification to convict the president. 

"I don’t like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong," the president said.  

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPoll: Bloomberg stalls after Vegas debate Prominent Texas Latina endorses Warren Bloomberg campaign: Vandalism at Tennessee office 'echoes language from the Sanders campaign and its supporters' MORE (I-Vt.) also defended Romney in the face of Trump's attacks at the CNN town hall on Thursday. 

"I think that Mitt Romney showed a great deal of courage and I wish there were other Republicans that shared the same sense of decency," Sanders said.