Sen. Susan Collins stated she was “appalled” by a crowd of Republican delegates at a conference in Utah booing Sen. Mitt Romney, warning that the GOP ought to be extra accepting of opposing viewpoints — or it’s going to change into just like the Democratic Celebration.
“I was appalled, Mitt Romney is an excellent senator who serves his state and our nation effectively,” Collins (R-Maine) stated on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.
She additionally defended Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) who has come below assault by some Republicans after she voted to question former President Donald Trump over the Jan. 6 assault on the US Capitol.
“Liz Cheney is a lady of power and conscience, and she did what she felt was proper, and I salute her for that. We must be accepting of variations in our social gathering,” Collins stated.
“We don’t wish to change into like an excessive amount of of the Democratic Celebration, which has been taken over by the progressive left. We have to have rooms for quite a lot of views,” Collins continued.
She stated the Republican Celebration’s foundational beliefs in private duty, particular person freedom, free markets and a robust nationwide protection are the glue that holds the GOP collectively.
“These are the ideas that unite us. We’re not a celebration that’s led by only one individual,” Collins stated.
“There are numerous outstanding upcoming youthful women and men in our social gathering who maintain nice promise for main us. And I feel that every one of us who abide by these ideas ought to keep in mind [former President] Ronald Reagan’s admonition to Republicans that an individual who agrees with you 70 or 80 p.c of the time is your buddy, not your enemy,” she added.
Romney, the Republican nominee for president in 2012, on Saturday night time was booed and referred to as a “traitor” and a “communist” as he addressed the social gathering’s 2021 state conference in Utah, due to voting twice to question Trump.
“Aren’t you embarrassed?” Romney responded to the heckling when he took the stage.
“I’m a person who says what he means, and I was not a fan of our final president’s character points,” stated Romney.
He was the only real Republican senator to vote to convict Trump in his first impeachment and one among seven GOP senators who voted to convict him following the Capitol riot.
“You may boo all you want,” Romney, 74, stated. “I’ve been a Republican all of my life. My dad was the governor of Michigan and I was the Republican nominee for president in 2012.”
A vote to censure Romney on the 2 impeachment votes fell 798 to 711.