Republican Senator Mitt Romney was awarded the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation’s 2021 “Profile in Courage” award on Thursday for his vote to convict former President Donald Trump during his first impeachment trial.
The foundation claims Romney exhibited “consistent and courageous defense of democracy,” and said that he was the first senator to vote to convict a president from his own political party.
“Senator Romney’s commitment to our Constitution makes him a worthy successor to the Senators who inspired my father to write Profiles in Courage,” said Caroline Kennedy. “He reminds us that our Democracy depends on the courage, conscience and character of our elected officials.”
“I’m humbled by the Kennedy family’s recognition today,” said Romney on Twitter. “But I see courage every week from my colleagues in the Senate, many of whom make tough decisions to do what they believe is right even though it may be politically unpopular.”
The award, created in 1989, is given to individuals to “recognize and celebrate the quality of political courage that he (John F. Kennedy) admired most.” Previous winners include Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and John McCain.