Head House impeachment manager Adam Schiff (D-CA) made waves earlier this month while presenting his case against President Donald Trump.
Schiff cited a CBS report that Republican Senators were warned that their heads would be "on a pike" if any of them voted to convict the President.
Moderate Republican Senators were furious when Schiff mentioned the report on the Senate floor, quickly denying there had been any strong-arming or threats of retaliation if their votes didn't align with the rest of the Republican majority. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) said of Schiff's comment, "That's where he lost me." Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) shouted "That's not true" from her seat.
Both eventually voted to acquit the President.
Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) was the sole Republican to vote for conviction of the President on the article of abuse of power. He also cemented his place in history as the first U.S. Senator to vote for the conviction of a President in his own party in an impeachment trial.
As soon as Romney announced his vote, the President's eldest son—Don Jr.—led the charge to expel him from the Republican party, despite Romney being the Republican nominee only one presidential election cycle before Trump.
Mitt Romney is forever bitter that he will never be POTUS. He was too weak to beat the Democrats then so he’s joini… https://t.co/IA9GnnQ2zi— Donald Trump Jr. (@Donald Trump Jr.) 1580931158.0
#ExpelMitt https://t.co/JozRNcw0Rv— Donald Trump Jr. (@Donald Trump Jr.) 1580931592.0
Mitt should be expelled from the @SenateGOP conference. #expelMitt https://t.co/reP14ZKvcB— Donald Trump Jr. (@Donald Trump Jr.) 1580932696.0
Mitt should have already learned this lesson in 2012, but he’s too desperate for affirmation from those who will ne… https://t.co/ROkCbtsrAe— Donald Trump Jr. (@Donald Trump Jr.) 1580933086.0
Worth the read. #ExpelMitt https://t.co/qrLPbdihey— Donald Trump Jr. (@Donald Trump Jr.) 1580934753.0
Other Trump supporters quickly followed Don Jr.'s lead, calling for Mitt Romney's removal from the GOP and disavowing him as a Republican.
The veracity of the "head on a pike" claims became self-evident with the reactions of Trump Jr. and other Republicans.
👉🏻Days ago, Republican senators said they were outraged at the suggestion Trump would retaliate against them for th… https://t.co/ftooGWFCaZ— Heidi Przybyla (@Heidi Przybyla) 1580931745.0
Remember how offended those senators were at the idea that their vote could expose them to ‘head on a pike’ retribu… https://t.co/shDd0SGK41— Susan Glasser (@Susan Glasser) 1580933072.0
All those GOP senators who claimed offense over "heads on a pike" will now sit silent as lambs as Romney's head is… https://t.co/A4CG4Pxrrf— Jay Bookman (@Jay Bookman) 1580942190.0
Remember when Republicans pretended to be offended because Adam Schiff relayed a CBS story reporting that GOP senat… https://t.co/LHs275Gzbw— David Nir (@David Nir) 1580934108.0
Gotta love that the same people who clutched their pearls at reports of Trump saying Republicans who broke with him… https://t.co/NLvxN8sbSb— Brian Tyler Cohen (@Brian Tyler Cohen) 1580937078.0
So the “heads on a pike” reporting appears to have been spot on. https://t.co/yDj9Nt50kq— Simon Rosenberg (@Simon Rosenberg) 1580769645.0
The fact that Romney's name makes this list is Trump's response to the fake outrage expressed by Republican Senator… https://t.co/fPbOwtTiCr— Walter Shaub (@Walter Shaub) 1580822105.0
The President will be making an announcement reacting to the acquittal at noon on Thursday. To the surprise of some, he has yet to tweet about Mitt Romney's dissent.
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