he chairman of the Conservative Political Action Conference has warned that Sen. Mitt Romney may not be safe at this year’s event.
Romney has been vilified by President Donald Trump and his allies after he was the only GOP senator to vote to convict the president in last week’s Senate trial.
CPAC Chairman Matt Schlapp had already formally disinvited Romney from the organization’s annual event, announcing on Twitter that the Utah senator would not be welcome at this month’s meeting.
On Sunday, Schlapp appeared on Greta Van Susteren’s “Full Court Press” program and warned that conservatives are so angry at Romney that his safety could not be guaranteed if he chose to attend the CPAC event.
“We won’t credential him as a conservative,” Schlapp explained. “I suppose if he wants to come as a non-conservative and debate an issue with us, maybe in the future we would have him come.”
“This year, I would actually be afraid for his physical safety, people are so mad at him,” Schlapp added.
Schlapp accused Romney of having “lied so continuously to conservatives.” He continued, “He’s a ‘use-em-and-lose-em’ kind of guy. When he needed a conservative like Donald Trump to endorse him in his Senate primary last time, he wanted him in…But then, when he gets the Senate job, he wants to distance himself from Trump.”
Former presidential candidate Romney has been one of the few GOP senators that have consistently distanced themselves from Trump, making him a favored target for the president and his allies.
Last week, Romney became the first senator in U.S. history to vote to remove a president of his own party from office, when he voted to convict Trump on the charge of abuse of power. Romney told The New York Times he expected “unimaginable” and “enormous” consequences for his decision.
Romney said he believed Trump was guilty of “an appalling abuse of public trust.” He told the Times, “Attempting to corrupt an election to maintain power is about as egregious an assault on the Constitution as can be made.”
Trump wasted little time attacking Romney after he was acquitted, writing on Twitter: “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.”
The president also retweeted a video that accused Romney of being a “Democrat secret asset” who had “tried to infiltrate Trump’s administration as secretary of State” while “posing as a Republican.”
Author: David Brennan