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Romney booed during speech to Utah GOP convention

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyBiden's elitist work-family policy won't work for most families The American Rescue Plan was a step toward universal basic income Cheney drama exposes GOP's Trump rifts MORE (R-Utah) was booed on Saturday at the beginning of his speech at the Utah Republican Party’s organizing convention.

Video of the speech published by The Salt Lake Tribune captured the crowd cheering loudly as Romney asked how people felt about President BidenJoe BidenDefense lawyers for alleged Capitol rioters to get tours of U.S. Capitol Sasse to introduce legislation giving new hires signing bonuses after negative jobs report Three questions about Biden's conservation goals MORE’s first 100 days in office.

While some attendees could be seen standing and applauding, loud boos also could be heard. 

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The boos became louder after Romney, a frequent critic of former President TrumpDonald TrumpThe Memo: The Obamas unbound, on race Iran says onus is on US to rejoin nuclear deal on third anniversary of withdrawal Assaults on Roe v Wade increasing MORE, suggested that he wasn't a fan of Trump's "character issues."

“So, what do you think about President Biden’s first 100 days?” Romney asked.

“You know me as a person who says what he thinks, and I don’t hide the fact that I wasn’t a fan of our last president’s character issues,” Romney said, garnering more boos. 

As the boos grew louder, Romney asked, “Aren’t you embarrassed?”

However, Utah GOP Chairman Derek Brown asked the crowd to show respect for Romney, who proceeded to finish his speech. 

The incident is another example of the grip the former president has on the Republican Party and the treatment Romney, a moderate member of the GOP, has faced for his criticisms and rebukes of Trump. 

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During the convention, the Utah GOP narrowly voted against a resolution to censure Romney, according to a vote tally published by KUTV News reporter Michael Locklear.

According to the proposal, the resolution expressed displeasure with Romney’s votes to impeach Trump and public criticism of the former president.

Romney was also one of seven GOP senators who voted to convict Trump for inciting the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. 

The Senate ultimately voted 57-43 to acquit the former president, failing to meet the 67-vote threshold to convict.

Romney is not facing reelection in 2022. 

The Utah senator voted to convict Trump on one of two articles of impeachment during the former commander in chief's first impeachment trial in 2020.  

Romney voted to convict the former president of abuse of power but joined Republicans in voting to acquit Trump of the charge of obstruction of Congress. Trump was ultimately acquitted on both charges.

The move by Romney garnered backlash from the party and Trump himself.