Republican Senator Mitt Romney is this year’s recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage award for being the lone GOP senator to stand up to then-President Donald Trump in his first impeachment trial, but he’s being awarded the honor at a time when he is not holding his own party accountable for restricting voting rights.
The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation announced Friday that the Utah Republican senator would receive the award for his vote in 2020 to convict Trump on an article of impeachment, and his “consistent and courageous defense of democracy.”
The award was created by the family of the late president to honor public figures who risk their careers by embracing unpopular positions for the greater good, and is named after Kennedy’s 1957 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “Profiles in Courage.”
“Senator Romney’s commitment to our Constitution makes him a worthy successor to the senators who inspired my father to write ‘Profiles in Courage,’ ” Kennedy’s daughter, Caroline Kennedy, said in a statement from the JFK Library Foundation. “He reminds us that our Democracy depends on the courage, conscience, and character of our elected officials.”
I’m humbled by the Kennedy family’s recognition today. But I see courage every week from my colleagues in the Senate, many of whom make tough decisions to do what they believe is right even though it may be politically unpopular.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) March 26, 2021
“During a time of grave threat to U.S. democratic institutions, Mitt Romney has been a consistent but often solitary Republican voice in defense of democracy and the rule of law,” the foundation said in a news release Friday.
Most of Twitter wasn’t as thrilled with Romney being rewarded when he’s not doing enough regarding voting rights. Romney has largely fallen in line with his party, including raising concerns about the Democrats’ sweeping voting bill, S.1, which would expand access to early and mail-in voting and create an automatic voter registration for all eligible Americans among other provisions. Republicans have objected to the measure as federal overreach and an effort aimed squarely at keeping Congress in Democratic control.
The Kennedy Family is giving Mitt Romney a Profile in Courage Award? Did Eugene Goodman turn them down? pic.twitter.com/v1WYRlwSZT
— 💛🐝Ebony Edwards-Ellis💛🐝 (@Eedwardsellis) March 26, 2021
I'm sorry, but Mitt Romney does not deserve the JFK Profile In Courage Award for doing the right thing and voting to convict a god damn monster. What the fuck is wrong with our country?
— Kyla In The Burgh 🏳️🌈🏴☠️ (@KylaInTheBurgh) March 26, 2021
Who awards this ? Profile in Courage? Romney is a back stabbing RINO traitor of his constituency. Pierre Delecto is a major asshole. https://t.co/Z23LGb7Ugr
— HilltownHick (@HickHilltown) March 26, 2021
Ironically, Romney unsuccessfully challenged JFK’s brother Ted Kennedy for his Massachusetts US Senate seat in 1994. Romney’s Profile in Courage Award will be presented by Caroline Kennedy, and her son, Jack Schlossberg, in a virtual ceremony in May.