Fox News Host Calls Romney an 'Embarrassment' and Tells Him to 'Get the Hell Out' of the Senate Following Impeachment Vote

Fox News host Jeanine Pirro used talking points similar to those employed by Donald Trump to harshly criticize Senator Mitt Romney on her Saturday evening program, after the Utah Republican became the only member of his political party to vote alongside Democrats to convict the president last week.

Although Trump was acquitted by the Republican-controlled Senate, Romney crossed party lines to vote for the president's removal for "abuse of power" along with Democrats. In a speech ahead of the vote, Romney argued that Trump was "guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust" through his actions toward Ukraine.

"How dare he!" Pirro, who regularly defends and praises Trump, complained during her show Justice with Judge Jeanine. "How could he? And why would he?" The host went on to call Romney an "embarrassment," claiming he voted the way he did out of jealousy of the president.

The feeling of many about @MittRomney!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2020

"Your jealousy of this man [Trump] is a constant rage burning within you because you can never rise to the heights that he has," Pirro said. Romney was the Republican party's 2012 presidential nominee but lost in that election to the Democratic incumbent, former President Barack Obama.

"How about you get the hell out of the United States Senate?" Pirro said. "The people in Utah are furious with you, and your dream of endearing yourself to the Trump-hating left is a joke."

Romney cited his faith and his oath of impartiality in his emotional speech from the Senate floor on Wednesday ahead of the historic impeachment vote. With his decision to side with Democrats, the Utah lawmaker became the first senator in U.S. history to vote to remove a president of his own political party.

"What he did was not perfect. No, it was a flagrant assault on our electoral rights, our national security and our fundamental values," the senator said. "Corrupting an election to keep oneself in office is perhaps the most abusive and destructive violation of one's oath of office that I can imagine."

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In this screengrab taken from a Senate Television webcast, Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) talks about how his faith guided his deliberations on the articles of impeachment during proceedings against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol on February 5 in Washington, D.C. Senate Television/Getty

Trump and his supporters quickly jumped to discredit and dismiss Romney's criticism. Donald Trump Jr. suggested that Romney should be kicked out of the Republican party.

"Mitt Romney is forever bitter that he will never be POTUS. He was too weak to beat the Democrats then so he's joining them now," the president's son tweeted. "He's now officially a member of the resistance & should be expelled from the @GOP."

The president later tweeted out a bizarre video suggesting that Romney was a "Democrat secret asset." On Saturday, he tweeted out a clip of Pirro's attack on the GOP senator, writing: "The feeling of many about @MittRomney!"