Senator Mitt Romney was raucously booed this week at the Utah Republican Party’s organizing convention, where he was trying to stumble his way through a speech about the state of Joe Biden's first 100 days in office.
Video of his speech hit the internet on Saturday and showed a crowd of more than 2,100 Republican delegates booing him at the Maverik Center, the Salt Lake Tribune wrote. The jeers started almost instantly upon Romney's chance to speak.
As soon as Romney takes the podium he is granted by a loud chorus of boos. "Thank you, thank you," Romney tells the crowd.
“Aren’t you embarrassed?” Romney later asked the crowd, who was antagonizing him. He continued, trying to defend himself to the crowd: “I’m a man who says what he means, and you know I was not a fan of our last president’s character issues.”
"I understand I have a few folks that don't like me terribly much," Romney finally said, as the boos wouldn't let up for more than a minute and a half.
Some in the crowd can even be heard accusing Romney of being a "traitor" or a "communist". Romney said: “You can boo all you like. I’ve been a Republican all of my life. My dad was the governor of Michigan and I was the Republican nominee for president in 2012.”
Outgoing party chair Derek Brown had to move Romney aside, take the podium, and "scold" the delegates to get the booing to stop.
"Please, thank you. Show respect," he asked of the crowd.
Romney then stumbled on his next few sentences as he tried to make it through the rest of his speech. We can't help but think: if Mitt is receiving such a warm welcome in Utah, perhaps its time for the Senator to consider hanging up his spurs.