New ad campaign by GOP group: Thank you, Romney

A Republican advocacy group released an ad Friday morning thanking Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyTrump, GOP go all-in on anti-China strategy Senate panel approves Trump nominee under investigation Pelosi, Democrats press case for mail-in voting amid Trump attacks MORE (R-Utah) for following his conscience and voting to convict President TrumpDonald John TrumpMulvaney: 'We've overreacted a little bit' to coronavirus Former CBS News president: Most major cable news outlets 'unrelentingly liberal' in 'fear and loathing' of Trump An old man like me should be made more vulnerable to death by COVID-19 MORE in the Senate impeachment trial that wrapped up on Wednesday.

The ad, made by Republicans for the Rule of Law, will air statewide in Utah on Fox News five times every weekday next week, according to the group's press release.

"This week, Sen. Mitt Romney stepped up to the challenge and into the history books. No one can watch his Senate speech without appreciating his integrity, his decency, and his sense of duty. He faced enormous pressure from his party, his constituents and even members of his own family," group spokesman Chris Truax said in the statement.
 
"Mitt Romney is nobody’s puppet. Whether we agree with all of his conclusions or not, we should all salute Senator Romney for his sincere commitment to the rule of law," he added.
 
In addition to the TV ad buy, a pair of billboards will be unveiled Friday in Salt Lake City that read: "This is what a patriot looks like."
 
Romney was the only GOP senator who voted to convict Trump on either of the articles of impeachment that were brought forward in his trial. In remarks he gave on the Senate floor, Romney said that Trump was "guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust."
 
Trump has since expressed great displeasure with Romney, accusing him of being a Democratic spy on Twitter and saying in his East Room "celebration" on Thursday that Romney had “no sign of principles."