Ahead of this afternoon‚Äôs Senate vote on the impeachment charges against President Trump, Republican Sen. Mitt Romney spoke:
Romney seems to get choked up briefly in speech. Says ‚Äúthis is the toughest decision I have ever faced. I was not wrong.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĒ Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) February 5, 2020
At that point, it became clear Romney would vote to convict on the charge of abuse of power:
Sen. Romney to vote to convict Trump on charge of abuse of power, becoming the first Republican to break ranks https://t.co/AchC2DMgsO
‚ÄĒ The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) February 5, 2020
Breaking News: "The case was made." Mitt Romney will vote to convict President Trump of abuse of power, the first Republican to support removing him from office in the impeachment trial. https://t.co/ZqutZqotq1
‚ÄĒ The New York Times (@nytimes) February 5, 2020
Romney not just voting to convict, he‚Äôs ripping Trump anew:
‚ÄúAn appalling abuse of public trust‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúA flagrant assault‚ÄĚ on our elections
‚ÄúPerhaps the most abusive and destructive violation of ones oath of office that I can imagine."
‚ÄĒ Sam Stein (@samstein) February 5, 2020
"I support a great deal of what the president has done‚Ä¶but my promise before God ‚Ä¶. required that I put my personal feelings" aside, Romney says.
‚ÄĒ Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) February 5, 2020
We can‚Äôt say we‚Äôre too surprised, but some are:
I am genuinely shocked at Romney‚Äôs announcement.
‚ÄĒ Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) February 5, 2020
Other people most certainly will not be.
Remember, Democrats, Romney killed grandma. His VP pick pushed her off of a cliff!
‚ÄĒ Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) February 5, 2020
And now Dems are going to love him ‚ÄĒ at least for now.
2012 making a lot more sense now
‚ÄĒ Fusilli Spock (@awstar11) February 5, 2020
Yep. Possibly all that needs to be said about Romney‚Äôs decision is that Eric Holder‚Äôs praising him:
History will be kind to Mitt Romney in its assessment of his decision to be true to his oath. Displays of courage are always viewed in that manner. https://t.co/IriNcDj2ux
‚ÄĒ Eric Holder (@EricHolder) February 5, 2020