While it was a bad weekend for Democrats in Texas, it also wasn’t much fun for anti-Trump Republicans. Outspoken Trump critic Sen. Mitt Romney was loudly booed and heckled at the Utah Republican Convention.
Romney scolded the hostile crowd by saying, “Aren’t you embarrassed?” but the only thing they seemed embarrassed about was their vote for him for Senator.
While Sen. Susan Collins claimed she was “appalled” by home state Republicans booing Romney, we have to remember that her home state is Maine, not Utah. Also, Senators are supposed to represent their constituents, not lecture them on why they’re not living up to the Senator’s high moral standards.
Over in the House, Rep. Liz Cheney is also facing flak for her blunt anti-Trumpness. While she recently won a solid victory to keep her leadership role, there are rumblings that that might not last much longer. Grassroots Republicans are tired of sending people to Washington who lecture them instead of listening to them, and some other GOP leaders are getting the message, even if she isn’t.
In Utah, Romney told the GOP convention, “We need to come together in strength and unity.” Which is a very good message. It’s one that some Republicans should remember before they decide that it’s cooler to get praise from the New York Times for attacking their fellow Republicans than it is to defend them.
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