Earlier this week, Mitt Romney wrote online that the white supremacists and counter-protesters were “not the same” and came from “morally different universes.” Photo Credit/Getty Images
Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney took to Facebook Friday morning with a lengthy blistering criticism of how President Donald Trump handled the Charlottesville, Virginia attacks this past weekend.
“Whether he intended to or not, what he communicated caused racists to rejoice, minorities to weep and the vast heart of America to mourn,” Romney wrote. “His apologists strain to explain that he didn’t mean what we heard. But what we heard is now the reality, and unless it is addressed by the president as such, with unprecedented candor and strength, there may commence an unraveling of our national fabric.”
A combative and insistent Trump backed off from his Monday statements explicitly denouncing the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and white supremacists for the violence that erupted at a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, and reverted to his weekend contention that “many sides” were to blame.
“You had a group on one side that was bad,” Trump said on Tuesday. “And you had a group on the other side that was also very violent. And nobody wants to say that. But I’ll say it right now.”
Sparking somewhat of an uproar and media frenzy, Trump’s comments overshadowed the more conventional seemingly forced statement he delivered at the White House a day earlier when he branded members of the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists who take part in violence as “criminals and thugs.”
Some Republicans denounced Trump’s remarks while Former leader of the KKK, David Duke, and white supremacist Richard Spencer and other members of hate groups praised Trump across social media and on their website.
In his scathing rebuke of Trump, Romney urged Trump to go further in disavowing their support and to “take remedial action in the extreme” after outlining that the potential consequences of his rhetoric are also “severe in the extreme.” This includes, Romney said, admitting that he was wrong and reviling racists for what happened in Charlottesville.
“Testify that there is no conceivable comparison or moral equivalency between the Nazis — who brutally murdered millions of Jews and who hundreds of thousands of Americans gave their lives to defeat — and the counter-protestors who were outraged to see fools parading the Nazi flag, Nazi armband and Nazi salute,” Romney wrote. “And once and for all, he [Trump] must definitively repudiate the support of David Duke and his ilk and call for every American to banish racists and haters from any and every association.”
Listing individuals of multiple minority identities Romsey said they, too, are “as much a part of America as whites and Protestants” and that Trump’s actions thus far leave Americans wondering what will happen next. Pointed in his criticism, he said, Trump’s reaction to Charlottesville is not only a domestic matter, but also one that could impact America’s standing with enemies and allies.
On Tuesday, following Trump’s response to Charlotteville, Romney wrote on Twitter: “No, not the same. One side is racist, bigoted, Nazi. The other opposes racism and bigotry. Morally different universes.”
No, not the same. One side is racist, bigoted, Nazi. The other opposes racism and bigotry. Morally different universes.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) August 16, 2017
In closing his post on Friday, Romney said, “This is a defining moment for President Trump,” “But much more than that, it is a moment that will define America in the hearts of our children. They are watching, our soldiers are watching, the world is watching. Mr. President, act now for the good of the country.”
Having created a natl inflection point of consequence, POTUS must apologize & repudiate the racists. Full statement: https://t.co/6QXd9LWIE3
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) August 18, 2017
By LeNora Millen 08-18-17