On Friday, the John F. Kennedy Library announced it would give its Profile in Courage Award to Sen. Mitt Romney for his “historic vote” to impeach President Trump during his first impeachment trial.
Part of the reasoning was Romney’s willingness to break with the rest of his party to cast a controversial – to Republicans – vote.
Caroline Kennedy, Former Ambassador and daughter of President Kennedy, said in a statement, “Senator Romney ‘s commitment to our Constitution makes him a worthy successor to the senators who inspired my father to write Profiles in Courage.”
“He reminds us that our Democracy depends on the courage, conscience and character of our elected officials,” she added.
Sen. Romney is the recipient of this year's John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for his vote to convict former President Trump during his first impeachment trial. https://t.co/toj7PkK4QM
— NBC News (@NBCNews) March 26, 2021
Romney Was Only GOP Vote In Trump’s First Impeachment Trial
According to The Hill, “Romney was the sole Republican senator to vote to impeach Trump on a charge of abusing his power last February over the former president’s effort to press Ukraine to investigate now-President Biden and his son Hunter’s dealings in Ukraine.”
“In doing so, Romney made history – he became the first U.S. senator to vote to convict a president of his own party on an impeachment charge,” the outlet added.
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Romney responded to his award, “I’m humbled by the Kennedy family’s recognition today. But I see courage every week from my colleagues in the Senate, many of whom make tough decisions to do what they believe is right even though it may be politically unpopular.”
I’m humbled by the Kennedy family’s recognition today. But I see courage every week from my colleagues in the Senate, many of whom make tough decisions to do what they believe is right even though it may be politically unpopular.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) March 26, 2021
Romney And Six Other Republicans Voted To Convict Trump In Second Trial
In Trump’s second impeachment trial over his alleged role in inciting the Capitol riot on January 6, Romney and six other Republican senators voted to impeach Trump.
Romney said on Friday, invoking his father and former Michigan Governor George Romney, that he “did what was right regardless of consequence.”
Almost every year, the Kennedy family gives a Profile in Courage Award to honor acts of bravery by public officials. This year’s recipient is Mitt Romney, the only Republican senator who voted to convict during Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in 2020. @PeterAlexander reports. pic.twitter.com/lmyeFGOOdt
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) March 26, 2021
“I aspire to his example, though I have failed from time to time,” Sen. Romney said. “We must subordinate our political fortunes to the causes of freedom, equal opportunity and truth, particularly as they are under assault here and abroad.”
The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation created this award in 1989 to honor the 35th president’s commitment to public service and is presented each year on Kennedy’s birthday to leaders who exhibit “politically courageous leadership.”
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