He says ‘there is enough room in the Republican Party for both of us.’
Senator Mike Lee defends Senator Mitt Romney’s vote to convict former President Donald Trump at his second impeachment trial. Although Lee disagrees with Romney’s conclusion, he does not see it as a “cause for alarm.”
Romney was the first US senator in history to vote to convict a president of his own political party when he was the only Republican to vote for the conviction during Trump’s first impeachment trial in February 2020. At the second trial, Romney was joined by six other Republicans. who concluded that Trump was guilty of inciting the crowd that attacked the United States Capitol on January 6. That riot left five dead, including a Capitol police officer.
Lee strongly disagreed with calls to punish Romney for his vote.
“While Senator Romney and I sometimes come to different conclusions, there is enough room in the Republican tent for both of us, just as there is enough room for all Republicans in a general election, regardless of how they voted in the primaries.” Read Lee’s statement.
Lee’s words echo those of the Utah Republican Party. The state Republican Party issued a statement following the diverging impeachment votes of Lee and Romney, saying that “diversity of thought” is a benefit to political parties and warning against “unanimity of thought.”
As Lee sees it, differences in political thinking will strengthen the Republican Party as they head into the 2022 midterm elections.
“The Republican Party should work tirelessly to win back the House and Senate in 2022. Having different perspectives within our party leads to a more robust debate, which in turn produces more thoughtful political results, all of which will be a benefit to Republicans. in future elections. … The Republican Party tent is open to anyone and everyone who is willing to support our shared liberal goals, ”Lee wrote.