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Mitt Romney votes against Trump judicial nominee who called Obama ‘un-American’

Senator Mitt Romney was the only voting senator to break ranks on a party-line vote to seat Michael Truncale on the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.
Senator Mitt Romney was the only voting senator to break ranks on a party-line vote to seat Michael Truncale on the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/File)

WASHINGTON — Utah Senator Mitt Romney was the lone Republican to vote against the confirmation of a new federal judge in Eastern Texas, who had called Barack Obama “un-American.”

Lawyer Michael Truncale was confirmed, 49-46, on Tuesday for a lifetime judgeship in the Eastern District of Texas.

Romney said in a statement that his ‘‘no’’ vote was not a matter of qualifications or politics, but because of Truncale’s 2011 comments in which he called Obama an ‘‘un-American imposter.’’

Romney, who lost to Obama in the 2012 presidential race, called the comments ‘‘particularly disparaging’’ and said that ‘‘as the (former) Republican nominee for president, I just couldn’t subscribe to that in a federal judge.’’

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Truncale told the Senate Judiciary Committee he was ‘‘merely expressing frustration’’ at what he perceived as Obama’s lack of overt patriotism.