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China Will Cut Tariffs In Half On $75 Billion Of U.S. Products

China is slicing tariffs on $75 billion worth of U.S. products, China’s government news agencies report, in a move that reciprocate for the Trump administration’s plan to halve tariffs on Chinese products worth around $112 billion. The U.S. announced its tariff reduction last month.

The two sides’ tariff cuts are slated to take effect on Feb. 14, in the latest sign that a trade war between the world’s largest economies is easing.

China will drop tariffs on some U.S. goods from 10% to 5%; other tariffs will fall from 5% to 2.5%, according to China Daily.

The shift comes three weeks after President Trump signed what the White House calls “phase one” of a trade truce with China, in which he agreed to reduce some of the tariffs the U.S. has imposed on Chinese goods.

The partial truce also calls for China to buy more U.S. good and services – at a rate of $200 billion over the next two years, compared to 2017 trade levels.

China had raised the tariffs in September, when President Trump’s tariffs on more than $100 billion of Chinese imports took effect. But since then, both sides have canceled or reduced billions of dollars’ worth of products.

“To ease economic and trade tensions and expand cooperation, the Chinese side decided to adjust related measures accordingly,” an unidentified official from China’s Ministry of Finance said Thursday, according to state-run news outlets.

The official added, “It is our hope that both sides will work together toward ultimately removing all additional tariffs.”

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Many Errors Are Evident in Iowa Caucus Results Released Wednesday

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A precinct worker tallied Iowa Democratic caucus votes on Monday at West Des Moines Christian Church.Credit…Jim Bourg/Reuters

This article is by Nate Cohn, Andrew Fischer, Josh Katz, Denise Lu, Charlie Smart and Ben Smithgall.

Results from the Iowa Democratic caucuses were delayed by “quality control checks” on Monday night. Days later, quality control issues have not been resolved.

The results released by the Iowa Democratic Party on Wednesday were riddled with inconsistencies and other flaws. According to a New York Times analysis, more than 100 precincts reported results that were internally inconsistent, that were missing data or that were not possible under the complex rules of the Iowa caucuses.

In some cases, vote tallies do not add up. In others, precincts are shown allotting the wrong number of delegates to certain candidates. And in at least a few cases, the Iowa Democratic Party’s reported results do not match those reported by the precincts.

Some of these inconsistencies may prove to be innocuous, and the irregularities do not indicate an intentional effort to compromise or rig the result. There is no apparent bias in favor of the leaders Pete Buttigieg or Bernie Sanders, meaning the overall effect on the winner’s margin may be small.

But not all of the errors are minor, and they raise questions about whether the public will ever get a completely precise account of the Iowa results. With Mr. Sanders closing to within 0.1 percentage points with 97 percent of 1,765 precincts reporting, the race could easily grow close enough for even the most minor errors to delay a final projection or raise doubts about a declared winner.

The errors suggest that many Iowa caucus leaders struggled to follow the rules of their party’s caucuses, or to adopt the additional reporting requirements introduced since 2016. They show that the Iowa Democratic Party, despite the long delays, failed to validate all of the results fully before releasing them to the public.

Mandy McClure, a spokeswoman for the Iowa Democratic Party (I.D.P.), said the party reported the data as provided to it by the precinct caucuses.

“The caucus math work sheet is the official report on caucus night to the I.D.P., and the I.D.P. reports the results as delivered by the precinct chair,” she said. “This form must be signed by the caucus chair, the caucus secretary and representatives from each campaign in the room who attest to its accuracy. Under the rules of the delegate selection process, delegates are awarded based off the record of results as provided by each precinct caucus chair.”

Just about every election night includes reporting errors. They can be difficult to identify, but can often be corrected during a recount or a postelection canvass. This year’s Iowa caucuses are the reverse: Errors are now easy to identify, and hard to correct.

The errors are detectable because of changes to the way the Iowa Democratic Party reports its results, put in place after the Sanders campaign criticized the caucus results in 2016. This cycle, and for the first time, the party released three sets of results corresponding to different steps in the caucus process. The rules are complex and thorough, and they create conditions in which the results can be obviously inaccurate or inconsistent within a precinct.

First, caucusgoers express their preference for a candidate upon arrival, and these votes are recorded in a “first alignment.” Then, candidates with limited support at a precinct, usually less than 15 percent, are deemed not viable; their supporters get a chance to realign to support a viable candidate. The preference at this point is recorded as well, and it’s called the final alignment.

Viable candidates can’t lose support on realignment, but there were more than 10 cases where a viable candidate lost vote share in the final alignment, even though that is precluded by the caucus rules.

No new voters are permitted to join the caucus after the first alignment. But in at least 70 precincts, more than 4 percent of the total, there are more tabulated total votes on final alignment than on first alignment.

Many of these cases could be simple tabulation mistakes in a precinct caucus that otherwise went smoothly, like a West Des Moines precinct that reported the first alignment results only for the “nonviable” candidates (those who didn’t meet the 15 percent threshold) but still reported final alignment results for the viable ones. Others appear to be more serious.

At the next step in the process, each precinct allots county delegates based on final preference, and these county delegates are reported to the news media as “state delegate equivalents,” which approximate the number of delegates won at the state convention. Each precinct caucus gets a set number, but a handful of precincts allotted more state delegate equivalents than they had available.

Notably, there are dozens of precincts where there is a discrepancy between the final preference vote and the number of state delegate equivalents allotted. This includes more than 15 cases in which a candidate received fewer state delegate equivalents than another despite receiving more votes in the final alignment.

Problems With Delegate Allocations

In multiple precincts, the candidate who received the most votes did not receive the most state delegate equivalents. Here is an example of how those differed in Cedar Township in Johnson County.

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In these cases, it is not obvious whether the state delegates or the final alignment results were reported inaccurately.

The Iowa Democratic Party has corrected some errors, but the errors became far more frequent on Wednesday as the count dragged on.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Iowa Democratic Party released a wave of results showing Deval Patrick sweeping central Des Moines. That was incorrect. Mr. Sanders’s votes had been reported as being for Mr. Patrick, while Elizabeth Warren’s tallies went to Tom Steyer.

A plausible explanation is that an Iowa Democratic Party staff member accidentally copied the results of one column too far to the left in a spreadsheet for some precincts. Such errors inevitably occur in manual data entry, but the Iowa Democratic Party does not appear to have enough quality checks to assure that it reports accurate results.

The Iowa Democratic Party quickly corrected these errors, and they are not included in our overall count of discrepancies in more than 100 precincts. The party has not yet addressed other irregularities reported to it or circulating on social media. In another case, The Times alerted the party to an error at 6 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday that remained in the data released several hours later.

Problems With Alignment Counts

In some precincts, viable candidates lost votes in the final alignment, something that the rules preclude. In Indianola’s Second Precinct in Warren County, some votes appeared to be transposed in the Iowa Democratic Party’s reported results.

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The Times is continuing to report the Iowa Democratic caucus results as released by the party and has alerted the party to an extensive list of precinct errors.

There is no reason to believe that Mr. Sanders or Mr. Buttigieg did materially better in the contaminated precincts than they did elsewhere, either over all or controlling for their demographic characteristics. But the tabulated result could be close enough for the remaining ambiguity to preclude a projection of a winner.

Even if the appropriate candidate is deemed the winner, the irregularities in the results are likely to do little to restore public confidence in the Iowa caucuses.

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Tomi Lahren rips anti-police protesters who trashed NYC over $2.75 subway fare: ‘Are you out of your mind?’

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While the rest of the country was gearing up for the Super Bowl, the Iowa Caucuses and the closing days of the Senate impeachment trial, in New York City a group of anti-police protesters were organizing a demonstration that alienated even some their most sympathetic potential allies.

“Last Friday night, a group who calls themselves ‘Decolonize This Place’ called on New York City area communities to join them as they f*** s*** up,” reported Fox Nation’s Tomi Lahren on her show “Final Thoughts” on Tuesday.

“So what are they so enraged about?” she asked rhetorically. “They don’t think they should have to pay the [subway] fare – of get this – $2.75 cents. And they don’t want 500 new officers hired to police their indecent and unlawful behavior on and around the city transit system.”

“F*** your $2.75,” read one of the protest organizers in a video posted on Twitter. “No cops on the MTA. Free transit. No harassment, period, and full accessibility.”

On Jan. 31, thousands of demonstrators descended on New York City’s Grand Central Terminal, one of Manhattan’s biggest transportations hubs, and other subway stations around the city.

Protesters carried signs with slogans like “F*** the Police” and “No cops! No fares!” Some participants reportedly chained open exits doors on subway platforms, vandalized stations and jumped turnstiles — evading the fares.

NYPD Chief Terence Monahan said in a tweet that some individuals even attempted to “physically assault our officers.”

“You’re really going to act like that because you don’t think you should have to pay to ride the subway? Are you out of your mind?” said Lahren.

“Clearly disgusting anti-police chants and signs, blocking entrances, vandalizing buses, gluing and/or breaking transit card readers and illegally jumping turnstiles is their chosen method to raise awareness of their perceived oppression and fight for their distorted concept of justice, because nothing says justice like refusing to pay a standard fare,” she continued.

“By wrecking a transit system they claim to want to save, the self-styled populists prove themselves to be out-of-touch elitists,” wrote the New York Daily News Editorial Board on Feb 4, “As for their goals: The idea of no-fare public transit dates back decades. We think it’s unwise, but it’s at least debatable.”

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“Demonstrations work best when they generate public sympathy,” the opinion piece concluded. “Making New Yorkers’ commutes more difficult probably did just the opposite.”

“You don’t get to break the law, disrupt decent people’s daily commute or attack officers by passing it off as activism,” said Lahren. “You’re not activating anything other than chaos.”

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China Will Cut Tariffs In Half On $75 Billion Of U.S. Products

China is slicing tariffs on $75 billion worth of U.S. products, China’s government news agencies report, in a move that reciprocate for the Trump administration’s plan to halve tariffs on Chinese products worth around $112 billion. The U.S. announced its tariff reduction last month.

The two sides’ tariff cuts are slated to take effect on Feb. 14, in the latest sign that a trade war between the world’s largest economies is easing.

China will drop tariffs on some U.S. goods from 10% to 5%; other tariffs will fall from 5% to 2.5%, according to China Daily.

The shift comes three weeks after President Trump signed what the White House calls “phase one” of a trade truce with China, in which he agreed to reduce some of the tariffs the U.S. has imposed on Chinese goods.

The partial truce also calls for China to buy more U.S. good and services – at a rate of $200 billion over the next two years, compared to 2017 trade levels.

China had raised the tariffs in September, when President Trump’s tariffs on more than $100 billion of Chinese imports took effect. But since then, both sides have canceled or reduced billions of dollars’ worth of products.

“To ease economic and trade tensions and expand cooperation, the Chinese side decided to adjust related measures accordingly,” an unidentified official from China’s Ministry of Finance said Thursday, according to state-run news outlets.

The official added, “It is our hope that both sides will work together toward ultimately removing all additional tariffs.”

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Scotland finance chief resigns after reports of inappropriate texting relationship with teen boy, 16, emerge

Scotland’s Finance Secretary Derek Mackay resigned Thursday, just hours before he was set to deliver the annual budget, following reports that he sent hundreds of messages to a 16-year-old boy he befriended on social media back in early August.

The 42-year-old finance minister issued a statement announcing the immediate resignation from his post, as well as an apology to the teen to whom he reportedly sent more than 270 messages on Facebook and Instagram as recently as five days ago, The Scottish Sun reported.

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“I take full responsibility for my actions. I have behaved foolishly and I am truly sorry,” Mackay’s statement read. “I apologize unreservedly to the individual involved and his family. I spoke last night to the First Minister and tendered my resignation with immediate effect.”

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It was announced that Scotland’s Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has resigned with immediate effect, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, after allegations emerged that he befriended a teenager on social media and sent hundreds of messages to the 16-year-old boy. (Jane Barlow/PA FILE via AP)

According to the report, Mackay first reached out to the teen on Aug. 2 in a private online message sent on Instagram. Over the next six months, the politician engaged in several conversations with the boy, including one exchange where he asked if their “chats” were “between us?”

The messages seen by The Sun appear to show that Mackay was well aware of the boy’s age.

On one occasion in September, he invited the 16-year-old to a rugby game, offering to pay for the tickets. Then in December, he again invited him to another rugby function being held in Holyrood. Mackay also tried to enlist the teen’s help in handing out leaflets for his campaign.

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The teen told the outlet that he stopped answering Mackay after he sent him a message on Dec. 27 calling him “cute.” He received two messages since, with the most recent being sent last week.

The boy’s mother also spoke to The Sun and said she only recently found out about Mackay’s texting relationship with her son.

“A man like that is not supposed to say these sort of things to a boy — he looks like he wants something from my son. When I finally read the messages it was terrifying and made my stomach turn,” she said.

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Mackay, who has not been accused of breaking the law, was a rising star in the Scottish National Party, which runs Scotland’s semi-autonomous Edinburgh-based administration. He had been seen as a potential successor to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon as leader of the SNP, which advocates independence from the United Kingdom for the nation of 5.5 million.

“Serving in government has been a huge privilege and I am sorry to have let colleagues and supporters down,” Mackay said in a statement.

Sturgeon said in a statement that Mackay has also been suspended from the SNP.

“I don’t condone in any way, shape of form this kind of behavior,” Stugeron said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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San Francisco’s cheapest real estate is $100G parking spot

San Francisco ain’t what it used to be.

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Thanks to a booming tech industry, the median price for a home is more than $1.3 million in the city, according to Zillow. So if you’re shopping with a more conservative budget, it won’t be fun — that is, unless you love your car!

The most affordable slice of real estate currently available in San Francisco is a parking spot just a block from Oracle Park asking a mere $100,000, according to SF Gate.

Parking spot No. 140, located in a luxury condominium complex at 88 Townsend (where a one-bedroom is listed for $849,000), even has its own real-estate agent: Compass’ Bill Williams.

Williams says that it’s a safe place to “park your money.”

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The building is located in San Francisco’s South Beach neighborhood and is just one block from Oracle Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. (Google Street View)

“When you buy any asset and you have it, it’s not like you spent the money. You can turn around and sell it again,” Williams says. “You could leave [$100,000] in your bank account and you might see the same return, but you wouldn’t have a parking spot.”

Six- and even seven-figure parking spots, however, are nothing new. In both New York and San Francisco, parking beneath high-end residences sells for substantial sums. Back in 2012, a spot at 66 E. 11th St. in Manhattan hit the market asking $1 million.

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‘Bonecrushing’ crocodile that hunted dinosaurs 230M years ago discovered in Brazil

The fossils of a “bonecrushing” ancestor of the modern-day crocodile that hunted dinosaurs 230 million years ago have been discovered in Brazil, stunning researchers.

Known as Dynamosuchus collisensis, the fossil was discovered in the dinosaur fossil hotbed of Agudo, in southern Brazil. It has been nicknamed the “T. Rex of its time,” according to researchers. The study has been published in the scientific journal Acta Palaeontologica Polonica.

“The extremely rare reptile would have been a real bonecrusher from the ‘dawn of the dinosaur era,'” the study’s lead author, Rodrigo Müller, told British news outlet SWNS.

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Dynamosuchus collisensis. A “bonecrushing” reptile that hunted dinosaurs 230 million years ago has been unearthed in the Brazilian rainforest. The terrifying creature, an ancestor of the crocodile, lived on land and was the ‘T Rex of its time,’ according to researchers. (Credit: SWNS)

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Like modern-day crocodiles, D. collisensis walked on four legs, but it used its two hind legs to run, similar to the Tyrannosaurus rex. The creature was approximately seven feet long and had a long snout, massive jaws with blade-like teeth and claws that were used to rip apart its prey.

D. collisensis also had two rows of bony plates that ran down its back and a skull similar to that of T. rex. A study published in September 2019 stated the terrifying dinosaur had a stiff skull that allowed it to not shatter its own bones with its bite force, while simultaneously devouring its kill.

It’s also believed that D. collisensis was a scavenger, a theory many paleontologists also have about the T. rex, looking for carcasses or smaller, easier-to-catch prey.

“Their large and blade-like teeth were adapted to eat meat. But the bite speed was low, suggesting it was also a scavenger,” Müller explained.

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The skull was similar to T Rex’s – and a double row of bony plates ran down its back. It belonged to a group called the ornithosuchids. It is the fourth different species to be discovered. (Credit: SWNS) 

“Therefore, this animal probably caught slow animals and searched for dead animals — like today’s vultures and hyenas,” Müller continued.

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This is the fourth D. collisensis, which is a member of reptiles known as ornithosuchids, to be discovered. The first was discovered in Scotland in the 19th century and the other two were unearthed in Argentina, 50 years ago, Müller added.

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First bone exposed. (Credit: SWNS)

That an ornithosuchid was discovered from the Late Triassic period in Brazil “suggests that ornithosuchids were more widespread than previously thought in the southern hemisphere,” the researchers wrote in the study’s abstract.

In November, researchers discovered the world’s oldest carnivorous dinosaur, which also lived 230 million years ago, in southern Brazil.

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Israel-Palestinian violence escalates in Jerusalem as military search for ‘terror attack’ suspect

Israel’s military says it is on the hunt for the Palestinian “terrorist” who rammed his car into a dozen soldiers in Jerusalem on Thursday, triggering a new spike of violence in the region.

The fresh Israeli-Palestinian clashes have left at least three Palestinians dead and come just days after President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed a Middle East peace plan meant to bring an end to the decades-long conflict.

“Early this morning, a Palestinian rammed his car into a group of IDF soldiers in Jerusalem,” the Israel Defense Forces said. “The terror attack injured 12 soldiers, one of whom is in serious condition.

“We are currently pursuing the terrorist,” it added.

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Israeli police officers inspect the scene of a ramming attack in Jerusalem on Thursday. (AP)

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In the West Bank city of Jenin on Thursday, two Palestinians – including a 19-year-old – died after clashes broke out with Israeli troops, according to Palestinian hospital officials.

And later, Israeli police said they shot and killed a Palestinian who had opened fire at forces in Jerusalem’s Old City, lightly wounding an officer.

“Attacks from Gaza, an attack in Jerusalem, signs of a rise in hostile activity in Jenin… we are not trying to escalate the situation while understanding the complexity and sensitivity of the situation,” Israeli military spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said.

In the Jerusalem car-ramming incident, the troops were out on a late-night “educational heritage tour,” walking near a popular entertainment district in Jerusalem when the driver plowed his car into them and fled.

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Palestinians inspect a house after it was demolished by the Israeli army in the West Bank city of Jenin on Thursday. (AP)

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While it did not claim responsibility for the attack, the Islamic Jihad militant group praised the car-ramming as “the beginning of a new confrontation over Trump’s plan,” The Associated Press reports.

Netanyahu vowed to have the assailant apprehended. “It’s just a matter of time — and not much time,” he said in a statement.

In the Jenin flare-up involving the 19-year-old, Conricus said troops were carrying out the demolition of a home belonging to a militant allegedly involved in a deadly attack.

He said there was a “sizable riot” at the scene by Palestinians who threw Molotov cocktails at troops, who then came under sniper fire. Conricus said forces responded to the violence with their own sniper fire, saying a Palestinian shooter was killed.

Jenin governor Akram Rajoub described the 19-year-old casualty as a student at an academy that trains budding police officers and was throwing stones at the troops.

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In a separate incident also in Jenin, a member of the Palestinian security forces who was shot by Israeli troops later died.

Also on Thursday, Israel struck Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip after three mortar shells were fired at Israel. There was no immediate report of injuries on either side.

Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Mitt Romney praised by celebrities for saying he’ll vote to convict Donald Trump: He has ‘political courage’

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In a shocking announcement prior to the Senate’s vote on impeachment Wednesday, Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, announced that he would vote to convict President Trump, earning him the praise of many left-leaning celebrities.

Trump was ultimately acquitted on charges of obstruction of Congress and abuse of power. Romney broke from the rest of his Republican colleagues in the Senate with his vote on the abuse of power. Despite the ultimate outcome, Democratic celebrities were quick to praise the former presidential candidate for going with his conscience and casting a vote for conviction.

ROMNEY THE ONLY SENATOR TO DEFECT FROM PARTY IN IMPEACHMENT VOTE

“Thank you @MittRomney for putting #CountryOverParty & voting your conscience. Is there any doubt the outcome would have been much different had it been a secret ballot? #CowardlyGOP #HistoryIsWatching,” wrote “Star Wars” actor Mark Hamill.

“Mitt Romney shows us all is not lost: ‘My own view is that there’s not much I can think of that would be a more egregious assault on our Constitution than trying to corrupt an election to maintain power. And that’s what the president did,’” wrote Mia Farrow, quoting a portion of Romney’s announcement.

“Thank you @SenatorRomney for your political courage and for honoring your oath to the Constitution. Your colleagues will not be kindly looked upon in the history books of tomorrow,” wrote “Frozen” actor Josh Gad.

“Romney made a great speech, logical, well reasoned, emotional and true.  It honestly looks as if #Romney is the ONLY person of courage in the entire party.  THAT’S THE REAL OUTRAGE,” noted Bette Midler.

“thank u @SenatorRomney for voting to convict – one republican with honor #ConvictAndRemove,” Rosie O’Donnell wrote.

“Incredible. The radical idea that an elected official must put their oath to uphold the constitution above what’s most convenient for them politically. Thank you @MittRomney.  Let’s help him blow this spark of decency into a fire that engulfs the madness of hatred and division,” actor Bradley Whitford wrote.

“Romney tells the truth,” John Cusack noted.

MITT ROMNEY PRAISED, CRITICIZED IN UTAH AFTER GUILTY VOTE

“Good for Mitt Romney,” wrote John Legend.

“Thank you demonstrating at this trial what integrity looks like, Senator Romney,” wrote former ‘Star Trek’ actor George Takei.

“Romney was also right about the Russians,” Diedrich Bader wrote.

“A lot of respect for Mitt Romney following his conscience and doing what he feels is right. One vote that will mean a lot to many,” Ben Stiller tweeted.

“Thank you for doing what’s right, @MittRomney. History will remember you as a decent, courageous, man among cowards and fools,” Alyssa Milano wrote.

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Actor Don Cheadle responded to a tweet from Donald Trump Jr. calling for Romney’s expulsion from the Senate with a gif of fellow actor Anthony Anderson crying.

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Mitt Romney praised by celebrities for saying he’ll vote to convict Donald Trump: He has ‘political courage’

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In a shocking announcement prior to the Senate’s vote on impeachment Wednesday, Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, announced that he would vote to convict President Trump, earning him the praise of many left-leaning celebrities.

Trump was ultimately acquitted on charges of obstruction of Congress and abuse of power. Romney broke from the rest of his Republican colleagues in the Senate with his vote on the abuse of power. Despite the ultimate outcome, Democratic celebrities were quick to praise the former presidential candidate for going with his conscience and casting a vote for conviction.

ROMNEY THE ONLY SENATOR TO DEFECT FROM PARTY IN IMPEACHMENT VOTE

“Thank you @MittRomney for putting #CountryOverParty & voting your conscience. Is there any doubt the outcome would have been much different had it been a secret ballot? #CowardlyGOP #HistoryIsWatching,” wrote “Star Wars” actor Mark Hamill.

“Mitt Romney shows us all is not lost: ‘My own view is that there’s not much I can think of that would be a more egregious assault on our Constitution than trying to corrupt an election to maintain power. And that’s what the president did,’” wrote Mia Farrow, quoting a portion of Romney’s announcement.

“Thank you @SenatorRomney for your political courage and for honoring your oath to the Constitution. Your colleagues will not be kindly looked upon in the history books of tomorrow,” wrote “Frozen” actor Josh Gad.

“Romney made a great speech, logical, well reasoned, emotional and true.  It honestly looks as if #Romney is the ONLY person of courage in the entire party.  THAT’S THE REAL OUTRAGE,” noted Bette Midler.

“thank u @SenatorRomney for voting to convict – one republican with honor #ConvictAndRemove,” Rosie O’Donnell wrote.

“Incredible. The radical idea that an elected official must put their oath to uphold the constitution above what’s most convenient for them politically. Thank you @MittRomney.  Let’s help him blow this spark of decency into a fire that engulfs the madness of hatred and division,” actor Bradley Whitford wrote.

“Romney tells the truth,” John Cusack noted.

MITT ROMNEY PRAISED, CRITICIZED IN UTAH AFTER GUILTY VOTE

“Good for Mitt Romney,” wrote John Legend.

“Thank you demonstrating at this trial what integrity looks like, Senator Romney,” wrote former ‘Star Trek’ actor George Takei.

“Romney was also right about the Russians,” Diedrich Bader wrote.

“A lot of respect for Mitt Romney following his conscience and doing what he feels is right. One vote that will mean a lot to many,” Ben Stiller tweeted.

“Thank you for doing what’s right, @MittRomney. History will remember you as a decent, courageous, man among cowards and fools,” Alyssa Milano wrote.

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Actor Don Cheadle responded to a tweet from Donald Trump Jr. calling for Romney’s expulsion from the Senate with a gif of fellow actor Anthony Anderson crying.

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