Donald Trump Calls Mitt Romney A 'Low Life,' Criticizes Him For Not Sticking With Republicans On Impeachment Vote

On Saturday, President Donald Trump criticized Utah Senator Mitt Romney for voting against him in the Senate Impeachment trial at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

During his speech, Trump criticized Democrats for investigations brought against him.

"They gave us the Mueller hoax. They gave us the Russia Russia Russia crap. They gave us the one phone call that was a perfect phone call -- 'Oh, let's get him out of office for that phone call,'" he said, referring to his call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy where Trump asked for an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, a political rival, and Biden's son Hunter. The call ultimately led to impeachment proceeding against Trump.

Trump also praised Republicans for "sticking together" throughout investigations and his impeachment, except Romney, who voted in favor of removing Trump for abuse of power during the impeachment trial.

"The Republicans stuck together, except Romney of course -- low life," he said. "Low life! Except Romney, they stuck together, and even him I got half a vote. I was thinking, because he did actually vote one part. He couldn't do it all, because he wanted to get some nice, free publicity for himself," Trump said.

The White House and Mitt Romney's office did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment.

Before the impeachment vote, American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp announced that Romney was disinvited to the conference after the Republican senator called for additional testimony from witnesses in the impeachment trial.

During the trial, Romney was the first U.S. senator to vote against his own party to remove a president in an impeachment trial. Romney was the only Republican to vote in favor of removing Trump.

"The president's purpose was personal and political. Accordingly, the president is guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust," Romney said in a floor speech in early February. "What he did was not perfect, no. It was a flagrant assault under electoral rights, our national security, and our fundamental values. Corrupting an election to keep one's self in office is perhaps the most abusive and destructive violation of one's oath of office that I can imagine."

Romney spoke more about his choice to vote against Trump in a Fox News interview.

"The personal consequences, the political consequences, that fall on me as a result of that are going to be extraordinary. But I swore an oath before God—and I'm a religious person—that I would apply impartial justice. And applying impartial justice said what the president did was grievously wrong. And I had to vote—if I was going to live with my own conscience—in a way that was consistent with that oath of office," he said.

At CPAC, Trump also praised House Republicans for unanimously voting in his favor. He also singled out New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van Drew, who switched from a Democrat to Republican because of the impeachment investigation.

"In the House, we had 107 -- think of it -- 107 to nothing with the Republicans. 107 to nothing, and we got three Democrats! And, one came over and left the Democrat party -- Van Drew, Jeff Van Drew," Trump said to applause.

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President Donald Trump appears at a rally on the eve of the South Carolina primary on February 28, 2020 in North Charleston, South Carolina. Spencer Platt/Getty
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