Mitt Romney’s historic impeachment vote

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Mitt Romney’s historic impeachment vote

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Mickey Arce, Contributing Writer

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Mitt Romney sent shockwaves throughout the country when he voted to convict President Trump for abuse of power in his impeachment trial. Liberals hailed the Senator as a hero while conservatives vilified Romney for his vote. With his vote in the Trump impeachment trial, Romney became the first sitting U.S. Senator to vote to convict and remove a President of his own party. Before voting to convict Donald Trump, he planned a media blitz in which he wanted to change how the American people viewed him. Romney’s vote in the impeachment trial demonstrates his obsession with himself. He is anything but a hero – Romney will always be remembered as a flip-flopper and a desperate opportunist.

In his impeachment speech on the Senate floor, Romney claimed that his religious beliefs forced him to vote to convict President Trump. While speaking, he said, “as a Senate-juror, I swore an oath, before God, to exercise impartial justice.” A person listening to this speech might believe that he is a principled and religious man; however, religion for Romney tends to fluctuate based on his political interests. Romney was strongly pro-choice as Governor of Massachusetts, but when he ran for the Republican nomination in 2012, he swiftly became firmly pro-life. Romney is no man of principle, either; as governor of Massachusetts, he produced a universal healthcare program that was just an early draft of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. He later found a way to be opposed to Barack Obama’s signature healthcare plan as he was appealing to the GOP in 2012. Romney embraced Ronald Reagan during the 2012 Republican Primary but distanced himself from Reagan as he was running for Governor. The list goes on and on – Romney has no principles and he is no man of conscience.

Let us not forget that Romney only cares about himself. The Utah senator was once a top contender for Secretary of State under Donald Trump. Trump and Romney were seen awkwardly dining together as the two discussed the State Department position. If he were Secretary of State, he probably would not support removing Donald Trump from office. Romney has always sought only to advance his own interests, and his vote on impeachment is no different.

It is clear that Romney was thinking about his own legacy when voting. Romney asserts that when future Americans look at this impeachment vote, “they will know merely that I was among the senators who determined that what the President did was wrong – grievously wrong.” The 72-year-old senator wants Americans to remember him as a man of honor and integrity. His impeachment vote could be one of the last times we will ever hear about him doing anything relevant. As a result, Americans may only remember Romney as an inconsistent and desperate human being who was consistently on the wrong side of history.  Liberals, before you celebrate him, remember that Mitt Romney is not on your side – he never was. Mitt Romney is only interested in himself.

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