White supremacists strode through the streets of Charlottesville, torches burning away the peaceful night. Which Republican leader would stand up to what they represent? Certainly not Donald Trump. The neo-Nazis came armed with brass knuckles, baseball bats, and long guns, eager to attack the counter protesters in Saturday’s bright sunlight. Their violence leaving a woman dead from vehicular manslaughter. Then, one lone Republican courageously stood up against them, condemning their actions.
Former Republican presidential candidate in 2012, Mitt Romney took aim at the hate groups and clearly identified all that was wrong with the violence. He accurately named it “barbarism:”
‘Racial prejudice, then hate, then repugnant speech, then a repulsive rally, then murder; not supremacy, barbarism.’
Racial prejudice, then hate, then repugnant speech, then a repulsive rally, then murder; not supremacy, barbarism.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) August 13, 2017
Donald Trump stood in his golden Trump Tower Tuesday condoning that violence as the grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) David Duke thanked him in real time. The president of these United States made his wobbly case for Nazis being the equivalent of the peaceful protesters, referring to “both sides.” Then, Romney called him on it, saying:
‘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
Trump said he had not spoken as he did at the latest press conference because he did not yet have the facts. Then, as Boston Com reported, he denigrated those marching in peace as “very, very violent:”
‘I will tell you something. I watched those very closely, much more closely than you people watched it. And you had a group on one side that was bad, 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. You had a group on the other side that came charging in without a permit, and they were very, very violent.’
Romney spoke to a group of his top donors and political friends explaining Trump’s flaws, especially his “America First foreign policy.” This summer he met with former Vice President Joe Biden, who suggested the former Massachusetts governor run for senator. However, Romney may have set his sights far higher.
Check out this video of Mitt Romney talking about Donald Trump below:
This speech aged particularly well.
— Ex-Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney on Candidate Donald Trump in March, 2016. pic.twitter.com/p2DNDFhSlg
— Fabian Schwendenwein (@iamfisions) July 29, 2017
Featured Image via Getty Images/Drew Angerer.