George Conway told CNN on Wednesday that “the verdict of history is going to be on Mitt Romney’s side” after the Utah Republican voted to convict President Trump on one article of impeachment, adding that “reality has taken a beating” with Trump’s acquittal on both charges in his Senate trial.
“The verdict of history is going to be on Mitt Romney’s side. And talking about a different universe, I was struck by, not so much the vote, which we all expected, but by [Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell’s [R-Ky.] speech just before the vote where … he attacked the impeachment as a violation of norms when he said that the people who were supporting the impeachment were attacking institutions until they get their way,” Conway said on “The Lead with Jake Tapper.”
“What universe is that from? That’s Donald Trump’s signature, his modus operandi. He’s defending Trump by attacking the Democrats for precisely what Trump has done for three years, attacking people in his own government, attacking the bureaucracy, attacking his own appointees, attacking the Justice Department, attacking the entire system by which we have a trial,” he continued.
“It is absolutely just remarkable what has been sacrificed here in addition to the senatorial oaths which, as I remarked earlier, mean impartial justice which means you do the same thing whether it is a Democrat or Republican, black, white, whatever. In addition to that, truth has taken a beating here and reality has taken a beating here,” Conway concluded.
Romney voted to convict Trump on the charge of abuse of power, as did all Democratic senators. The president was acquitted on that charge, and another alleging obstruction of Congress, in the GOP-controlled Senate.
Conway, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, founded a political action committee last month solely focused on making Trump a one-term president.
The group, called “The Lincoln Project” released an ad seeking to remind Republican senators of their “sworn oaths” to uphold the Constitution ahead of Trump’s impeachment trial.
“Senate Republicans want to prove him right,” the group says in the ad, which runs for roughly two minutes, which includes McConnell saying in December he would not be approaching Trump’s trial as an “impartial juror.”
“We demand Republican senators consider the impeachment charges against Trump on their merits,” the ad says.
George Conway had shied away from interviews in the first two years of Trump’s term, but has appeared more often on networks including CNN and MSNBC in recent months to criticize the president.