Question the vote, but Mitt Romney’s faith, sincerity should be above attack

History will judge the vote of Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) to convict a president of his own party during the impeachment trial of Donald Trump. We are sure our readers, like the nation, are sharply divided on his decision.

But unless one considers Sen. Romney an actor deserving of an Academy Award, his confession to an interior struggle with “the most difficult decision I have ever faced” seemed wholly sincere. And it should be above personal, if not political, attack.

“As a Senator-juror, I swore an oath, before God, to exercise ‘impartial justice,'” he told his colleagues. “I am a profoundly religious person. I take an oath before God as enormously consequential.” We believe him, and hope the other senators — even if not as profoundly religious — recognize or at least respect the weight of swearing an oath before God. In truth, it’s a valuable reminder for us all. — Thomas J. Dermody

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