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 ButtigiegPete ButtigiegFormer Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan dies How Republicans can embrace environmentalism and win In politics, as in baseball, it ain't over till it's over MORE condemned President TrumpDonald John TrumpOklahoma City Thunder players kneel during anthem despite threat from GOP state lawmaker Microsoft moving forward with talks to buy TikTok after conversation with Trump Controversial Trump nominee placed in senior role after nomination hearing canceled MORE's attacks on Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyStimulus checks debate now focuses on size, eligibility CNN chyron says 'nah' to Trump claim about Russia Unemployment benefits to expire as coronavirus talks deadlock 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 CuomoChris Cuomo blasts Trump over photo with Goya products: 'In the middle of a pandemic, they're selling beans' Democratic super PAC to launch 'Creepy Trump' TV ad St. Louis couple who pointed guns at protesters have a history of suing neighbors 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 Obama2020 Democratic Party platform endorses Trump's NASA moon program Davis: My recommendation for vice president on Biden ticket Statehood for Puerto Rico and the obstruction of justice 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 SandersGOP lawmaker: Democratic Party 'used to be more moderate' 4 reasons why Trump can't be written off — yet Progressives lost the battle for the Democratic Party's soul 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.