Sanders: I wish other Republicans shared Romney's 'sense of decency'

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) praised Republican 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 his vote 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 on the charge of abuse of power, telling voters on Thursday more Republicans should follow Romney’s example. 

The Senate voted to acquit Trump on Wednesday of both charges — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — putting an end the impeachment proceedings that started late last year. 

“I think that Mitt Romney showed a great deal of courage and I wish there were other Republicans that shared the same sense of decency,” Sanders, who voted to convict Trump on both counts, said at a CNN town hall. 

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The Vermont senator’s comments come one day after Romney shocked Washington and broke with his party to vote to convict Trump on the one impeachment article, saying “the president is guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust” and “a flagrant assault on our electoral rights.”

Romney voted against the second article of impeachment accusing the president of obstruction of Congress, which failed strictly along party lines.

The former 2012 Republican presidential nominee also received praise from a number of his Democratic counterparts, including Democratic presidential contender Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetSome realistic solutions for income inequality Democratic senators kneel during moment of silence for George Floyd 21 senators urge Pentagon against military use to curb nationwide protests MORE (D-Colo.), who said it “restores my faith in democracy.”

However, Republicans expressed disappointment in Romney’s decision, and Trump publicly criticized Romney for the vote. 

“I don’t like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong,” Trump said at the National Prayer Breakfast, referring to Romney’s justification for his vote to convict. 

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