Supporters of President Trump heckled Senator Mitt Romney of Utah whereas he was touring to Washington forward of a joint session of Congress on Wednesday to certify the election victory of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., in response to video shared on-line.
Mr. Romney is a part of nearly all of Republican senators who’ve rejected efforts to overturn the election, a push that lately turned to the joint session of Congress to certify Electoral Faculty outcomes, a sometimes ceremonial affair.
Supporters of Mr. Trump traveled to Washington to attend protests on his behalf on Wednesday, though the president’s baseless claims of fraud have been rejected by judges across the ideological spectrum, Republican and Democratic state election authorities, and even by Mr. Trump’s own attorney general.
In a single video that went viral on Tuesday, an individual filming with a cellphone approached Mr. Romney, sitting within the Salt Lake Metropolis airport, and requested him why he had not supported Mr. Trump within the election or in his claims of election fraud.
“You had been voted in as a conservative to signify the conservative constituents,” the particular person stated.
Mr. Romney responded: “We’ve a Structure, the constitutional course of is obvious and I’ll observe the Structure. And I’ll clarify all that once we meet in Congress this week.”
Because the senator left his seat, the particular person and a person, additionally filming with a cellphone, adopted him.
“Trump was a juggernaut, your legacy is nothing,” a person could be heard saying.
“I wouldn’t be shocked should you weren’t even voted in legally,” the primary particular person stated. “You’re a joke, absolute joke, it’s a disgusting disgrace.”
In another video, passengers on a crowded aircraft could be heard chanting “traitor, traitor, traitor.” One particular person referred to as for Mr. Romney to resign, including, “Mitt Romney, you don’t hearken to your constituents.”
Mr. Romney didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Solely a couple of dozen Republican senators indicated this week that they deliberate to object to certifying the election outcomes.
Mr. Romney has been outspoken in condemning these efforts, and has stated that the president had exhausted his authorized challenges in battleground states and had resorted to making an attempt to defy the desire of the voters.
“Having did not make even a believable case of widespread fraud or conspiracy earlier than any courtroom of regulation, the president has now resorted to overt stress on state and native officers to subvert the desire of the folks and overturn the election,” Mr. Romney tweeted in November. “It’s tough to think about a worse, extra undemocratic motion by a sitting American president.”
In a statement on Sunday, he referred to as the efforts by the faction of Republicans in Congress an “egregious ploy” that “dangerously threatens our democratic republic.”
He continued: “Including to this ill-conceived endeavor by some in Congress is the president’s name for his supporters to come back to the Capitol on the day when this matter is to be debated and determined. This has the predictable potential to result in disruption, and worse.”
Mr. Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, was one in all several prominent Republicans who stated they didn’t vote for Mr. Trump within the November election.
In February Mr. Romney was the only Republican within the Senate who voted to convict the president of 1 article of impeachment in February in an in any other case party-line vote. The vote made him the primary senator in American historical past to vote to take away a president of his personal celebration from workplace.