Matt Schlapp, chairman of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) said Sunday that he’s “afraid” for the “physical safety” of Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) if the senator appears before conservatives or conservative groups such as the CPAC conference which will be held in Maryland later this month.
HuffPost notes that Schlapp has been critical of Romney for daring to cast a vote to convict President Donald Trump on a charge of abusing his power during the conclusion of last week’s Senate impeachment trial:
“The ominous warning follows Chairman Matt Schlapp’s Twitter attack on the senator last month after Romney went against the party line to call for witnesses in Donald Trump’s Senate impeachment trial. Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee for president, subsequently voted last week to convict Trump of abuse of power, the sole member of the GOP to do so. The senator cited his oath to God and the dictates of his religion to do ‘my duty.'”
— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) January 31, 2020
And Sunday, Schlapp told Greta Susteren on “Full Court Press” that Romney might be allowed to make appearance at CPAC at some point “in the future,” but it’s simply too dangerous right now:
“We won’t credential him as a conservative. I suppose if he wants to come as a nonconservative and debate an issue with us, maybe in the future we would have him come. This year, I would actually be afraid for his physical safety because people hate him so much.”
That was all it took for Twitter to explode with scorn and ridicule for Schlapp:
Closer and closer to saying the quiet part loud. https://t.co/l0cEXthte0
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) February 9, 2020
After watching this sordid turn of events with Mitt Romney, it makes more sense how the Republicans stay so united. It’s out of sheer terror of their own party.
— whathappensnext (@jsdmd2010) February 9, 2020
This is really dangerous talk. Republicans apparently have no compunction in encouraging violence.
— neil pessall (@neilpX) February 9, 2020
Matt Schlapp and his ilk are enabling the rise of an American dictator.
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