Romney: Trump caused 'this insurrection'

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Republican reactions to Cheney's removal Republicans have dumped Reagan for Trump Cheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP MORE (R-Utah) told a reporter "this is what the president has caused today, this insurrection" as protesters stormed the Capitol on Wednesday to protest the presidential election results.

The New York Times reports that Romney made the statement to a reporter as he was moved to a more secure location.

New York Times reporter Jonathan Martin tweeted, "@MittRomney summoned me as lawmakers and press arrived at a secure location. 'This is what the president has caused today, this insurrection,' he said w fury in his voice."


Multiple reporters shared on Twitter that Romney yelled, "This is what you’ve gotten, guys," to his fellow Congress members as they were evacuated.

Romney has recognized President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says Beau's assessment of first 100 days would be 'Be who you are' Biden: McCarthy's support of Cheney ouster is 'above my pay grade' Conservative group sues over prioritization of women, minorities for restaurant aid MORE’s victory and has been critical of President TrumpDonald TrumpWarren says Republican party 'eating itself and it is discovering that the meal is poisonous' More than 75 Asian, LGBTQ groups oppose anti-Asian crime bill McConnell says he's 'great admirer' of Liz Cheney but mum on her removal MORE's claims of voter fraud. He’s also called the attempt from his GOP colleagues who said they would object to the Electoral College vote as an “egregious ploy.”

“The egregious ploy to reject electors may enhance the political ambition of some, but dangerously threatens our Democratic Republic,” Romney said in a statement last week.


“The congressional power to reject electors is reserved for the most extreme and unusual circumstances. These are far from it,” he added. 

The Utah senator was heckled by Trump supporters at the airport in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, and was shouted at by supporters as he was on his flight.

Jordan Williams contributed to this report, which was updated at 3:56 p.m.