Commenting on Sen. Mitt Romney's (R-Utah) decision to side with the Democrats last week and vote for more witnesses in the impeachment trial, House Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), a conservative, said that Romney is fueled with "disgust and disdain" for President Trump and is unable to see the facts and reality "in front of him."
During the Jan. 29 edition of the Todd Starnes Radio Show, host Todd Starnes asked Gohmert, "What message to the voters, the Republicans and conservatives in Utah when it comes to picking their next United States senator -- Romney is, I find it hard to call him a Republican, honestly."
“He’s being guided by absolute disgust and disdain for the president,” said Rep. Gohmert.
"I don't care who you are or what you bring to the position of U.S. senator, you have got to be able to put hate or disgust or disdain aside and do the right thing," said the congressman. "And it just doesn’t look like Mitt's able to do that.”
“He is so colored with disgust for Donald Trump that he can’t look at what’s really in front of him, and that’s very, very unfortunate.”
On Friday, the Senate voted 51-49 to not call any further witnesses in the impeachment trial. Romney and Susan Collins (Me.) were the only Republicans to vote with the Democrats.
Romney, along with former Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake (R), has been a longtime and acerbic critic of Donald Trump.
In a major speech at the Hinckley Institute in March 2016, during the presidential primaries, Romney said, "If we Republicans choose Donald Trump as our nominee, the prospects for a safe and prosperous future are greatly diminished. ... First on the economy. If Donald Trump’s plans were ever implemented, the country would sink into prolonged recession."
Trump "would be very bad for American workers and for American families," claimed Romney. "[P]olls are also saying that he will lose to Hillary Clinton."
In September 2019, Romney's buddy Jeff Flake wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post urging Republicans not to support Trump in a 2020 bid for president.
"My fellow Republicans, it is time to risk your careers in favor of your principles," said Flake. "Whether you believe the president deserves impeachment, you know he does not deserve reelection. "Trust me when I say that you can go elsewhere for a job. But you cannot go elsewhere for a soul."
Earlier in 2019, Flake said he would rather have a Democrat, i.e., socialist, in the White House than Donald Trump.