According to some Mormons, Mitt Romney's vote to convict President Trump at his impeachment trial was the fulfillment of a Mormon prophecy.
In 1844, Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon Church, was a candidate for president. According to the legend, known as the White Horse Prophecy, Smith predicted that someday the Constitution (which Mormons see as a religiously significant document) would be in 'extreme danger', and that a member of the Mormon church would swoop in on white horse and save it.
Apparently, some believe Mitt Romney is the guy on the white horse. Hell, Mitt Romney likely believes it.
Now, modern historians don't put a lot of stock in the legend, but there are some Mormons that say Romney's vote to convict, despite an increase of President Trump's popularity in Utah, is religiously significant. Especially because Romney has said he relied on his faith to help him during this process and that he openly struggled with his decision to convict, telling the Deseret News:
"I've had a long career and it was the most difficult decision that I have faced. I have never experienced as much sleeplessness, as much angst, and recognized the consequence for the country in a way that I have during this process."
In a speech about the vote, Romney said:
"My promise before God to apply impartial justice required that I put my personal feelings and biases aside. Were I to ignore the evidence that has been presented, and disregard what I believe my oath and the Constitution demands of me for the sake of a partisan end, it would, I fear, expose my character to history's rebuke and the censure of my own conscience."
The Utah Republican party has strongly criticized Romney for his choice to vote to convict.