Senator Mitt Romney of Utah was harangued by a group of angry Trump loyalists, who branded him a “traitor,” while catching a flight from Salt Lake City to Washington, DC.
Video uploaded to social media on Tuesday purports to show the 73-year-old senator being confronted both while waiting to board the plane and while seated in the cabin.
Utah Patriots catch Rino Romney at Salt Lake City international airport! He thinks he’s above his constituents!!! Openly bashing @realDonaldTrump!!!
“These people won’t be able to walk down the street.”
VOLUME UP! ☝🏼 pic.twitter.com/Lntgozkajx
— Qtah (@Utah_17) January 6, 2021
In the first clip, a woman confronts the former 2012 GOP presidential nominee, who is seated at a gate in Salt Lake City airport. The woman asks why he is refusing to support President Trump’s challenge of the election results, while calling Romney “a joke” and a “disgusting shame.”
Romney urges the woman to put on a mask before gathering his things and fleeing to another part of the airport.
Romney did not endorse Trump’s 2020 re-election bid, and he later claimed he did not vote for the outgoing president either.
In the second clip, a group of passengers begins chanting “Traitor!” and “Resign Mitt!” as they are seated in the cabin.
Mitt Romney, in a flight full of patriots in their way to DC pic.twitter.com/t9uq3vkCo5
— Non timebo mala (@AncPerl) January 5, 2021
“We wanna know your connection to Burisma and Joe Biden. Your constituents wanna know why you are not going to certify the electoral college,” one woman can be heard shouting.
“Mitt Romney, you don’t listen to your constituents,” she continued.
Romney previously criticized an investigation into Hunter Biden, President-elect Joe Biden’s son, by the Senate Homeland Security Commission.
Hunter Biden had a position on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma while his father was vice president to Barack Obama. He is currently in the spotlight over alleged shady dealings in both Ukraine and China, as well as a subject of an ongoing federal investigation into alleged tax improprieties.
Romney has also opposed efforts to challenge the outcome of the 2020 US presidential election by some members of the Republican Party.
The egregious ploy to reject electors may enhance the political ambition of some, but dangerously threatens our Democratic Republic. https://t.co/jKEvoXskbl
— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) January 3, 2021
Meanwhile, thousands of Trump supporters have also flown to Washington, DC to attend large ‘Stop the Steal’ rallies, held on the premise that the US election was somehow rigged amid allegations of widespread voter fraud, on Wednesday.
A group of Senate Republicans, led by Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz, plan to challenge the election results on Wednesday, as Congress gathers to certify Biden’s victory following weeks of court cases and legal challenges.
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