Romney: Trump caused ‘this insurrection’
Sen. Mitt Romney (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.”
.@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.
— Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) January 6, 2021
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 Biden’s victory and has been critical of President Trump’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.
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