Who is Mitt Romney?
Mitt Romney is a Utah senator who was allegedly harassed by supporters of President Donald Trump as he takes a flight from Salt Lake City to Washington D.C as videos were posted to social media on Tuesday evening Romney is among the Republican Senators who have rejected an effort to oppose certification of Joe Biden’s presidency this week when Congress meets to officially count the electoral college votes.
Mitt Romney: What the footage shows
Mitt Romney is seen in one video being confronted by a woman as he waits for his flight. She demands to know why Romney is not supporting Donald Trump with the president’s unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud.
Romney cannot be seen in the second video, which went viral on Tuesday night and claimed to show maskless Trump fans screaming ‘traitor’ at the senator while on the plane. Thousands of Trump loyalists are flying to Washington D.C. to attend a massive ‘Stop the Steal’ rally scheduled for Wednesday.
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In the first video posted to Twitter, a woman who says she is a Republican Utah voter, approaches 73-year-old Romney as he waits by the gate for his flight. He immediately asks her to put her mask on as it is required by law in the airport.
‘Don’t tell me what to do,’ she answers back. ‘I’m standing six feet away. You know what I’m going to go ahead and do it because I want to have a chat with you.’
‘Why aren’t you supporting President Trump? You’re not supporting him,’ the woman continues.
‘I do support President Trump. I’m sorry, I do agree with many of the things he’s for and I support him, Romney answers.
The woman remains unhappy, however, and continues to push Romney on whether he will be supporting Trump regarding ‘fraudulent votes’.
‘No, I’m not,’ the senator answers. ‘It’s a long story but it’s a constitutional process and the constitution is clear. I will follow the constitution and I will explain all that when we meet in congress this week.’
She continues to push Romney about not supporting Trump in the election and tells him: ‘You were voted in as a conservative to represent the conservative constituents. Period.’
‘Actually, that’s not how the constitution works,’ Romney fires back as he begins to pack up his laptop to try and walk away.
‘It is you’re voted in to represent us, you work for us. Am I wrong?’ the woman then questions.
‘I work for the people of Utah,’ Romney says, to which she responds, ‘Exactly and I am from Utah. There’s a lot of people who didn’t vote for you.’
‘I wouldn’t be surprised if you weren’t even voted in legally,’ the woman adds. ‘You’re a joke, an absolute joke, it’s a disgusting shame.’
The second video shared claims that it was taken on the plane as Romney flew to D.C. on Tuesday evening.
‘Let him know what we think,’ a woman screams before a group of Trump supporters with their masks pulled down chant ‘traitor’ and ‘traitor Mitt’ from their seats.
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What we know so far
Mitt Romney is believed to be sitting further ahead in the plane, but he cannot be seen as the Trump fans record the incident. It is not known if the same woman who approached him at the airport was on the flight.
‘Resign Mitt. We want to know your connection to Burisma and Joe Biden, Mitt Romney,’ one woman shouts.
The senator was defended by another woman who shouted: ‘We love you, Mitt Romney you’re great, you’re doing awesome. I’m one of your constituents and I think you’re doing wonderful.’ You’re one of maybe a million who think opposite of you,’ a Trump fan tells her.
One woman later tweeted about the incident alleging: ‘Flew into DC with coward @MittRomney hiding with two masks, glasses and a bubble helmet. Don’t worry- we let him know what we thought about him #TRAITOR.’
Romney on Saturday hit out at Trump and his claims that there was fraud in the presidential election as a ‘false rumor’.
He said attempts by some Republicans to stand against the election result and Joe Biden’s win ‘dangerously threatens our Democratic Republic.’