Mitt Romney has been banned from a major conservative conference after his disgraceful vote with the Democrats on impeachment.
Mitt joined the Democrats to ask for more witnesses and the backlash was swift and fierce.
Matt Schlapp, chair of the American Conservative Union (CPAC), announced the ban on Twitter:
“BREAKING: The ‘extreme conservative’ and Junior Senator from the great state of Utah, @SenatorRomney is formally NOT invited to #CPAC2020.”
Mr Romney has previously been a favorite of CPAC attendees and holds the record for winning the most CPAC straw polls for the most popular potential presidential candidate among conservative activists.
The senator has not yet commented on the decision and it is unclear if he was planning on attending the conference this year.
Michael Steele, a former chair of the Republican National Committee, described the decision to not invite the Republican senator to the conference as “embarrassing, stupid and juvenile”.
Soon after Mr. Schlapp’s tweet, Mike Lee, Utah’s other Republican senator, tweeted in support of Mr Romney.
“Mitt Romney is a good friend and an excellent Senator. We have disagreed about a lot in this trial,” Mr Lee wrote.
“But he has my respect for the thoughtfulness, integrity, and guts he has shown throughout this process.”
The speakers at CPAC 2020, which will take place from 26-29 February, will include Nigel Farage, senior Republican Devin Nunes and Eduardo Bolsonaro, the son of Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro.
— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) January 31, 2020
— Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC) February 1, 2020