When judicial nominee Michael Truncale came up for a vote in the Senate, only one Republican voted against President Donald Trump’s pick.
The judge was confirmed to the Eastern District of Texas with a three-point margin in the GOP-controlled chamber even with Sen. Mitt Romney’s no vote.
In a subsequent statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Utah Republican explained his dissent.
He described the vote as an expression of “frustration by what [he] perceived as a lack of overt patriotism on behalf of President Obama.”
Truncale said in 2011 that he believed Obama was an “un-American imposter.”
The 2012 Republican presidential nominee denounced Truncale’s “particularly disparaging comments about President Obama” in explaining his opposition.
“This was not a matter of qualifications or politics,” Romney said. “This was something specifically to that issue as a former nominee of our party.”