CPAC Chairman: Mitt Romney Might Not Be “Physically Safe” At CPAC This Year
Senator Mitt Romney of Utah — the sole Republican to vote in favor of convicting President Donald Trump on abuse of power during the impeachment trial — would not be “physically safe” during this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the organization’s chairman said this week.
Speaking on Greta Van Sustern’s Full Court Press, CPAC chair Matt Schlapp said Romney is not even considered a conservative anymore.
“We won’t credential him as a conservative. 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,” Schlapp said, adding that he worries bodily harm could befall the senator. “This year, I’d actually be afraid for his physical safety, people are so mad at him.”
Schlapp accused Romney of lying to conservatives.
“When he needed a conservative like Donald Trump to endorse him in his Senate primary, he wanted in. But then, when he gets the Senate job, he wants to distance himself from Trump. He’s a use ’em and lose ’em kind of guy,” the chairman said.
“He said he would going to be an ‘extreme conservative’ – that he was the most conservative guy in the world when he came to CPAC. After 2012, he didn’t want to have anything to do with us.”
Romney’s vote against Trump — and impassioned speech explaining that vote — appeared to be the final straw for pro-Trump Republicans. The senator said prior to casting his vote that he expected the road ahead would not be easy.
Watch the interview here. (begins at 20:20)