The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation announced Friday that the Utah Republican senator would obtain the award for his vote in 2020 to convict Trump on an article of impeachment, and his “consistent and courageous defense of democracy.”

“During a time of grave threat to U.S. democratic institutions, Mitt Romney has been a consistent but often solitary Republican voice in defense of democracy and the rule of law,” the inspiration stated in a information launch Friday.

Romney — who unsuccessfully challenged JFK’s brother Ted Kennedy for his Massachusetts US Senate seat in 1994 — will likely be introduced the award by President Kennedy’s daughter, Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, and her son, Jack Schlossberg, in a digital ceremony in May.

In 2020, after the House charged Trump with two articles of impeachment, Romney was the only Republican to vote to convict Trump for abuse of energy, turning into the primary senator in US historical past to vote to take away from workplace a president from the identical social gathering. Romney voted with Republicans to acquit Trump of the second article of impeachment, obstruction of Congress.

At the conclusion of Trump’s second impeachment trial in February, Romney was one of seven GOP senators to vote to convict the then-President for incitement of a riot associated to his actions through the January 6 assault on the US Capitol. Trump was acquitted by the Senate and located not responsible of all expenses in each impeachment trials.

Romney’s votes had been a notable break along with his social gathering, and at occasions, he has been a lone GOP voice in the Senate to talk out in opposition to Trump’s conduct whereas in workplace. During and after the 2020 election, Romney pushed again on Trump’s baseless claims that there was widespread fraud in the election, together with mail-in voting, acknowledged Biden because the President-elect, and criticized Trump’s makes an attempt to overturn the election outcomes.

But at present, Republicans throughout the nation are pushing restrictive voting laws they declare will safe and strengthen elections following the 2020 election throughout which Trump repeated disproven claims of widespread voter fraud. In Georgia on Thursday, Republicans sped a sweeping elections bill proscribing voting entry into regulation that features provisions that restrict the usage of poll drop bins and makes it a criminal offense to strategy voters in line to offer them meals and water.
In mild of those efforts, Romney has largely fallen in line along with his social gathering, together with elevating issues in regards to the Democrats’ sweeping voting invoice, S.1, which might broaden entry to early and mail-in voting and create an automated voter registration for all eligible Americans amongst different provisions. Republicans have objected to the measure as federal overreach and an effort aimed squarely at preserving Congress in Democratic management.
Romney has stated it is “very unlikely” he’d help the invoice, NCS’s Manu Raju reported.

“I don’t want to federalize the elections,” Romney stated Monday. “That’s not what the Constitution demands, and I think states should have responsibility for conducting their elections.”

NCS has reached out to Romney’s workplace for further remark.


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