Mitt Romney Tears Into Donald Trump Again Amid GOP Civil War

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) launched another scathing attack on former President Donald Trump, accusing him of dividing the United States into a "dark and dangerous place" by continuously claiming the November election results were fraudulent.

In a statement entered into a congressional record that was released on Thursday, the Utah lawmaker said Trump's denial of the election results was "one of the most reprehensible acts" possible and warned that the perpetuation of this "big lie" threatens the American people.

Romney was one of seven Republicans who joined all 50 Democrats in the upper chamber to vote for convicting Trump at his second impeachment trial. Although a majority was obtained, it fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to convict him.

His new statement comes as the GOP fights a civil war over Trump's role in the future of the party. Trump's supporters in Congress want him to remain front and center, arguing he carries the party's base, while others such as Romney want the Republicans to move on from the former president.

House Democrats voted to impeach Trump for a second time, charging him with inciting his supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C. Five people were killed in the siege; four rioters and a police officer.

On January 3, three days before the deadly insurrection, The Washington Post leaked an audio recording of a phone call where Trump pressured Georgia's secretary of state to "find" more votes in his favor. Romney described this as "a heinous act that merited impeachment" in his statement.

"I hear many calls for unity. It is apparent that calling for unity while at the same time appeasing the big lie of a stolen election is a fraud," Romney wrote. "It is in the service of that lie that a mob invaded the Capitol on Jan. 6."

He continued: "Now that the impeachment trial is behind us, it falls to each of us to affirm what we all know: President Biden won the election through the legitimate vote of the American people.

"The division in America will only begin to heal in the light of this truth, a truth which must now be affirmed by each of us in this chamber."

The Republican senator, who ran for president in the 2008 and 2012 primaries, also voted to impeach Trump back in December 2019. He is the only GOP senator who voted twice to impeach Trump.

"I consider an attempt to corrupt an election to keep oneself in power one of the most reprehensible acts that can be taken by a sitting president," Romney wrote. "The second impeachment resulted from the president's continued effort to do just that."

Romney condemned Trump for the rally in Washington, D.C, just before the insurrection on January 6, "knowing that among the people he gathered were many who had committed violence in the past and who had violent intent."

"He incited and directed thousands to descend upon the seat of Congress as it was undertaking the constitutionally prescribed process to certify his successor," Romney said.

"The conclusion I reached on the final verdict will not surprise anyone who read my reasoning in the first impeachment trial: I consider an attempt to corrupt an election to keep oneself in power one of the most reprehensible acts that can be taken by a sitting president.

"The second impeachment resulted from the President's continued effort to do just that. The President's conduct represented an unprecedented violation of his oath of office and of the public trust."

Newsweek has asked Trump's office for comment.

Mitt Romney in Washington D.C.
Republican US Senator Mitt Romney leaves the US Capitol after the fifth day of the second impeachment trial of former US President Donald Trump, on February 13, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Romney accused former President Donald Trump of dividing the United States into a “dark and dangerous place”, by continuously claiming the November election result was fraudulent. Stefani Reynolds/Getty