Democratic presidential candidate Andrew YangAndrew YangGeorge Floyd protests show corporations must support racial and economic equality Andrew Yang discusses his universal basic income pilot program Andrew Yang on the George Floyd protests in Minneapolis MORE congratulated Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyMilley discussed resigning from post after Trump photo-op: report Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names Attorney says 75-year-old man shoved by Buffalo police suffered brain injury MORE (R-Utah) for voting to convict President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE in the Senate on Wednesday.
“I just want to congratulate Sen. Mitt Romney for voting his conscience and his character,” Yang told CNN’s Don LemonDon Carlton LemonCNN’s Lemon accuses Trump officials of ‘white-mansplaining’ on systemic racism Webb: The modern age of dissent versus riot Birdwatcher questions whether response to woman who called police on him was ‘proportionate’ MORE at a town hall in Manchester, N.H.
“He was the lone Republican to do so, which was disappointing but not wholly surprising,” he continued. “We have to bring the country together, solve the problems that got Donald Trump elected in the first place, and that’s how we’re going to defeat him in the fall.”
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Romney shocked his Republican colleagues on Wednesday when he voted to convict Trump on the charge of abuse of power in his Senate impeachment trial, saying “the president is guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust [and] a flagrant assault on our electoral rights.” Romney voted to acquit on the obstruction of Congress charge.
Yang said impeachment alone would not make it more difficult to defeat Trump in November.
“I think the ongoing polarization of our country is making Donald Trump harder to best in November,” Yang said when asked if impeachment would make it harder for a Democrat to beat Trump.
“The fact is, many Americans have regarded this impeachment process as a football game or a baseball game where you know what the score is going to be at the end,” he continued. “That’s the way it played out, unfortunately.”
–This report was updated on Feb. 6 at 6:36 a.m.