John McCain passed away in 2019. Bob Corker retired from his Tennessee senate position in 2018 and eff Flake did the same in Arizona. The list of senators who are willing to take on Donald Trump has been substantially thinned.
Mitt Romney, who won office in Utah in 2018, normally stands alone in his criticism of the President. Romney was the most prominent Republican voice calling to hear from witnesses in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump. Those calls have not been popular with certain colleagues.
Some Republicans who have served with Romney in the Senate were quick to criticize him. David Perdue, who recently retired called him “Jeff Flake on steroids.” Flake, a former Republican senator from Arizona, was critical of Trump before and and after his term.
Recently appointed Georgia senator Kelly Loeffler probably scored some points with Trump by tweeting about the Utah senator. She wrote, “My colleague Senator Romney wants to appease the left by calling witnesses who will slander the Donald Trump during their 15 minutes of fame.”
After 2 weeks, it’s clear that Democrats have no case for impeachment. Sadly, my colleague @SenatorRomney wants to appease the left by calling witnesses who will slander the @realDonaldTrump during their 15 minutes of fame. The circus is over. It’s time to move on! #gapol
— Senator Kelly Loeffler (@SenatorLoeffler) January 27, 2020
Lawmakers on the other side of the aisle, though, were complimentary of Romney. Amy Klobuchar said of Romney’s behavior during impeachment, “I think this is Sen. Romney’s moment to shine. Hopefully he can bring some people with him.”
Romney was unable to convince any Republicans other than Susan Collins to vote for witnesses. He did however sneak in a shot at Donald Trump. “He has made a career of trashing people by tweet,” the Utah lawmaker said of Trump. “It is part of his shtick and it’s working for him. I think it’s unfortunate.”