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Mitt Romney and his niece, Ronna McDanielexchanged texts after the Republican National Committee she chairs called that of Donald Trump attempts to overturn his election defeat and Capitol riot on “legitimate political speech”.
Romney, the Utah senator, 2012 presidential candidate and the only Republican to vote twice to convict Trump in his impeachment trials, told reporters on Monday that he “expressed his views.”
The RNC used the controversial language to censor Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzingerthe only Republicans on the House committee investigating Jan. 6.
Romney was one of the few Republicans to despise the decision, saying, “Shame falls on a party that would censor people of conscience, who seek truth in the face of vitriol. Honor attaches to Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger for seeking the truth, even if it comes at a very high personal cost.
But he didn’t mention his personal connection to McDaniel, who stopped using ‘Romney’ in his name after Trump took over his party – according to to the Washington Post, at Trump’s request.
Romney also said the censorship “couldn’t have been a more inappropriate message…so far from accurate that it shocks and makes people wonder what we’re thinking.”
On Monday, he told reporters that he and his niece had since “exchanged a few texts.”
“I expressed my point of view,” he said. “I think she’s a wonderful person and she does her best.”
He also said McDaniel was “great”.