In an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace, Republican Sen. Mitt Romney expressed no regrets for casting a vote to indict and remove President Donald Trump at the conclusion of the Senate impeachment trial on Wednesday.
Although he probably didn’t have to, Wallace reminded Romney about the conflicting position his vote puts him in with the president.
“You realize this is war,” Wallace said. “Donald Trump will never forgive you for this.”
Romney responded by saying that he knows he did the right thing with his vote, per reporting from The Daily Beast.
“I know in my heart that I’m doing what is right. I understand there’s going to be an enormous consequence. And I don’t have a choice in that regard,” he said.
Chris Wallace to Mitt Romney on his vote to convict Trump: "You realize this is war, Donald Trump will never forgive you for this." pic.twitter.com/PjU3YasLSC
— Lis Power (@LisPower1) February 5, 2020
Trump’s criticism of Romney has already begun. On Twitter Thursday morning, just after midnight EST, the president lashed out at Romney, deriding him for being unable to win the 2012 presidential election when the senator was the GOP’s nominee.
“Had failed presidential candidate @MittRomney devoted the same energy and anger to defeating a faltering Barack Obama as he sanctimoniously does to me, he could have won the election,” Trump said in his tweet.
Had failed presidential candidate @MittRomney devoted the same energy and anger to defeating a faltering Barack Obama as he sanctimoniously does to me, he could have won the election. Read the Transcripts!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 6, 2020
On Thursday morning, Trump attended the National Prayer Breakfast. According to NBC White House correspondent Kelly O’Donnell, Trump, who was sitting onstage at the time, was listening to other speakers (before his own speech) give lectures about forgiveness and giving love to one’s enemies.
Romney’s vote deflated somewhat a main talking point that Trump has frequently launched into whenever he’s criticized the impeachment process. The president has often called the affair a partisan one led solely by Democrats. With Romney’s vote, the decision to indict Trump became a bipartisan one.
Although Trump was acquitted in the Senate trial, the vote against indicting him had no support from Democrats, and thus could be considered a partisan decision by Republicans.