Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) previously gave an impassioned speech on the Senate floor, as well as an interview, in which he explained why he was the only GOP Senator to vote to convict President Donald Trump in the Senate impeachment trial.
Now, it seems that Trump is making Romney pay for that vote.
According to Politico, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is being invited to address the COVID-29 crisis, and Senator Romney is the only one who is not on that list.
The report states:
“The Trump administration is inviting a bipartisan crew of lawmakers to participate in a task force to address the central question of when the country should return to normal amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.”
Rebecca Ballhaus of the Wall Street Journal tweeted that Romney will not be invited, though:
“The White House announces that all Senate Republicans except Mitt Romney—who voted to impeach Trump on one of two counts in February—have ben invited to join a bipartisan task force on reopening the economy.”
The White House announces that all Senate Republicans except Mitt Romney—who voted to impeach Trump on one of two counts in February—have ben invited to join a bipartisan task force on reopening the economy.
— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) April 16, 2020
Trump is not known for forgetting slights of any kind, and Romney’s vote to remove him from office was a pretty big one. There was also the scathing speech Romney delivered to try to deter Republican primary voters from gifting Trump with the GOP nomination in 2016:
Therefore, it comes as no surprise that Trump would send this signal to Romney for his lack of loyalty. However, the important thing right now is containing the virus while saving lives and the economy, which should happen with this group of lawmakers in tow at this meeting.
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Shannon Barber is a progressive queer feminist and budding political scientist. She is passionate about issues of social justice, including but not limited to racial equality, criminal justice reform, pro-Black politics, and LGBTQ equality. She hopes to change the world, one mind at a time.