Conrad Black draws backlash after calling Mitt Romney’s vote 'disgraceful'

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 10: Conrad Black while arriving for his hearing at the Ontario Securities Commission in Toronto. (Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

As Americans focused on acquittal of president Donald Trump, ex-publisher Conrad Black got attention in Canada after calling Mitt Romney’s vote to convict Trump a “disgraceful, dishonourable thing” in an interview with Evan Solomon for CTV News’ “Power Play.”

On Wednesday, the impeachment trial of the U.S. president ended with a victory for Trump, with the senate acquitting him of both impeachment charges - abuse of power and obstruction of justice. Sen. Romney, a former presidential candidate, was the first to vote in favour of impeachment of a president representing his own party.

“I knew from the outset that being tasked with judging the president, the leader of my own party, would be the most difficult decision I have ever faced,” Romney said in an emotional speech in the U.S. senate on Wednesday. “What he did was not perfect...it was a flagrant assault on our electoral right, our national security and our fundamental values.”

Last year, Trump pardoned Black on fraud and obstruction convictions from 2007. The former media mogul’s empire previously included The Daily Telegraph in the U.K., Chicago Sun-Times in the U.S. and National Post in Canada.

People took to social media to criticize Black’s comments about the U.S. senator:

Black responded to the critics following the backlash from the interview:

Late last year, Yahoo Canada asked readers for their thoughts on the impeachment. The vast majority of respondents wanted to see Trump leave office. Now, what do you think of the results of the impeachment trial?