American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp thinks Sen. Mitt Romney's vote to convict President Donald Trump has jeopardized his "physical safety" and he should not attend the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
Schlapp was on Sunday's "Full Court Press" with Greta Van Susteren and was asked about the Utah Republican's status in the GOP and whether he would attend CPAC, an annual gathering of conservatives just outside of Washington, D.C.
"We won't credential him as a conservative. I suppose if he wants to come as a non-conservative and debate an issue with us, maybe in the future we would have him come," Schlapp said. "This year, I'd actually be afraid for his physical safety, people are so mad at him.
"The biggest problem we have with Mitt Romney is not that he's just an individual following his political course. It's the fact that he's lied so continuously to conservatives. He's a 'use-em-and-lose-em' kind of guy. When he needs a conservative like Donald Trump to endorse him in his Senate primary last time, he wanted him in. But then, when he gets the Senate job, he wants to distance himself from Trump."
Romney was the only Republican to vote guilty during Trump's recent Senate impeachment trial. Trump was acquitted in the GOP-controlled body, but Romney's vote has alienated him among his colleagues.
After Romney voted in favor of having witnesses at the trial, Schlapp said he would not receive an invite for the Feb. 26-29 CPAC in National Harbor, Maryland.
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