Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney on Friday condemned President Trump’s response to the events in Charlottesville, Va., and called on the president to apologize for his statements.
“He should address the American people, acknowledge that he was wrong, apologize,” the 2012 GOP presidential nominee wrote on Facebook. “State forcefully and unequivocally that racists are 100% to blame for the murder and violence in Charlottesville.”
Trump was criticized for his initial statement that there was blame “on both sides” for the violence in Charlottesville. He condemned neo-Nazis and white supremacists two days later, but then doubled down on his original statement and said there were “some fine people” among both the left-wing counter protesters and the white nationalists.
Romney said he would hold off on discussing the morals of Trump’s statements, but said Trump’s response “caused racists to rejoice, minorities to weep, and the vast heart of America to mourn.” He called on the president to condemn the Nazis as well as David Duke and other white supremacists.
After the president’s press conference, Duke tweeted his support for Trump’s comments.
Romney wrote the president’s words carry weight not only domestically, but abroad.
“Our allies around the world are stunned…
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