Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) on Friday was named the recipient of the 2021 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for his “courageous” vote to question former President Donald Trump for abuse of energy.
During Trump’s first impeachment trial final yr, Romney turned the primary senator in U.S. historical past to vote to convict a president from his personal celebration. The transfer drew widespread criticism from fellow Republicans and, in fact, Trump himself.
Caroline Kennedy, who’s President John F. Kennedy’s daughter and a former U.S. ambassador to Japan, praised the senator for reminding Americans “that our democracy depends on the courage, conscience and character of our elected officials.”
“Senator Romney’s commitment to our Constitution makes him a worthy successor to the senators who inspired my father to write ‘Profiles in Courage,’” she said in a statement.
Romney mentioned he was “very appreciative of the honor, but also humbled by it.”
“What I’ve found throughout life is doing those things which you know are right, which respond to the promptings of your conscience, allows you to have a greater degree of happiness and satisfaction than if you just do things to try and get ahead,” he told “Today” in an interview. “Whether or not you get ahead is not entirely up to you, but whether or not you live by your conscience is up to you.”
The Profile in Courage Award was created in 1989 to acknowledge public officers “whose actions demonstrate the qualities of politically courageous leadership.” It takes its title from President Kennedy’s 1956 book describing acts of bravery and integrity by eight U.S. senators.
Winners are chosen yearly by a bipartisan committee. Past recipients embody House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and former presidents Barack Obama and George H.W. Bush.
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