Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) confirmed on Wednesday that he voted early for the 2020 election — but his vote wasn’t for President Trump.
“I did not vote for President Trump,” Romney told CNN.
The Utah Senator refused to share more details as to whether he voted for Democratic candidate Joe Biden, a third-party candidate, or did a write-in candidate. For the 2016 election, Romney disclosed in 2018 that he didn’t vote for Trump, saying he cast a write-in vote for his wife, Ann Romney.
Mitt Rommey told me he already voted in the elections but he wouldn’t say if he voted for Joe Biden or wrote someone else in.— Manu Raju (@mkraju) October 21, 2020
“I did not vote for President Trump,” he said
“That’s something I’m keeping private at this stage,” Romney responded when pressed on whom he voted.
Romney is one of the few Republican Senators to regularly clashed with Trump. Last Tuesday, the former 2012 Republican presidential candidate decried Trump as well as Democrats for turning the nation’s political environment that is a “vile, vituperative, hate-filled morass.”
“I have stayed quiet with the approach of the election,” Romney said in another statement posted on Twitter. “But I’m troubled by our politics, as it has moved away from spirited debate to a vile, vituperative, hate-filled morass that is unbecoming of any free nation—let alone the birthplace of modern democracy.”
“The president calls the Democratic vice presidential candidate ‘a monster;’ he repeatedly labels the speaker of the house ‘crazy;’ he calls for the Justice Department to put the prior president in jail; he attacks the governor of Michigan on the very day a ploy is discovered to kidnap her,” Romney continued. “Democrats launch blistering attacks of their own — though their presidential nominee refuses to stoop as low as others.”
Last week, the Utah Senator condemned Trump for his apparent refusal during his NBC Town Hall to denounce QAnon, a conspiracy online movement that the FBI has warned to be a domestic terror threat.
“The president’s unwillingness to denounce an absurd and dangerous conspiracy theory last night continues an alarming pattern: politicians and parties refuse to forcefully and convincingly repudiate groups like Antifa, white supremacists and conspiracy peddlers,” Romney said in a statement tweeted last Friday.
“Similarly troubling is their silence regarding anti-vaxxers, militias and anarchists,” he added. “Rather than expel the rabid fringes and the extremes, they have coddled or adopted them, eagerly trading their principles for the hope of electoral victories.”
Romney broke from his party earlier this year, becoming the lone Republican in voting in favor of one of the articles of impeachment — for abuse of power during the Senate impeachment trial.
“I am aware that there are people in my party and in my state who will strenuously disapprove of my decision, and in some quarters, I will be vehemently denounced. I am sure to hear abuse from the President and his supporters,” Romney said on the Senate floor when announcing his vote to impeach Trump on one of the articles.