On Thursday, Sen. Mitt Romney made a statement about Donald Trump and the senator did not hold anything back.
In a statement that was entered into the congressional record, Romney accused Trump of dividing the United States into a “dark and dangerous place” by continuing to lie about the results of the November presidential election.
Romney stated that Trump’s continued denial of the election results was “one of the most reprehensible acts” possible. He also warned that the perpetuation of Trump’s “big lie” continues to threaten American lives.
Romney broke with his party and voted to convict Trump of incitement in his second impeachment trial. Trump in the end was acquitted even though the majority of the Senate voted to convict.
Romney’s comments come amid a civil war among the GOP over Trump’s future role within the party.
Congress members that support Trump want him to remain a vocal and main character in the party. Those like Romney want to put Trump in their rear-view mirror.
Trump was impeached for a second time within the House. He was impeached on charges that he incited the riot at the Capitol back on January 6. The insurrection resulted in five deaths.
Just days before the deadly insurrection a phone conversation between Trump and Georgia’s secretary of state Brad Raffensperger was leaked. In the phone call, Trump can be heard pressuring Raffensberger to “find” over 11,000 votes to overturn the election results in Georgia in his favor.
Romney called the phone call “a heinous act that merited impeachment” in his statement.
“I hear many calls for unity. It is apparent that calling for unity while at the same time appeasing the big lie of a stolen election is a fraud,” Romney wrote. “It is in the service of that lie that a mob invaded the Capitol on Jan. 6.”
He continued: “Now that the impeachment trial is behind us, it falls to each of us to affirm what we all know: President Biden won the election through the legitimate vote of the American people.”
“The division in America will only begin to heal in the light of this truth, a truth which must now be affirmed by each of us in this chamber.”
Romney also voted to impeach Trump in December 2019.
“I consider an attempt to corrupt an election to keep oneself in power one of the most reprehensible acts that can be taken by a sitting president,” Romney wrote. “The second impeachment resulted from the president’s continued effort to do just that.”
Romney also condemned Trump for the rally “Stop the Steal” he held just before the insurrection at the Capitol took place. Romney stated that Trump was “knowing that among the people he gathered were many who had committed violence in the past and who had violent intent.”
“He incited and directed thousands to descend upon the seat of Congress as it was undertaking the constitutionally prescribed process to certify his successor,” Romney said.
“The conclusion I reached on the final verdict will not surprise anyone who read my reasoning in the first impeachment trial: I consider any attempt to corrupt an election to keep oneself in power one of the most reprehensible acts that can be taken by a sitting president.
“The second impeachment resulted from the President’s continued effort to do just that. The President’s conduct represented an unprecedented violation of his oath of office and of the public trust.”