Romney booed during speech to Utah GOP convention

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyThe Hill's Morning Report - After high-stakes Biden-Putin summit, what now? China's genocide must be stopped How Biden can get the infrastructure bill through Congress 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 BidenChinese apps could face subpoenas, bans under Biden executive order: report OVERNIGHT ENERGY:  EPA announces new clean air advisors after firing Trump appointees |  Senate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior | Watchdog: Bureau of Land Management saw messaging failures, understaffing during pandemic Poll: Majority back blanket student loan forgiveness MORE’s first 100 days in office.

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


The boos became louder after Romney, a frequent critic of former President TrumpDonald TrumpChinese apps could face subpoenas, bans under Biden executive order: report Kim says North Korea needs to be 'prepared' for 'confrontation' with US Ex-Colorado GOP chair accused of stealing more than 0K from pro-Trump PAC 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. 


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.