Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is calling on President Trump to apologize for his reaction to the violence in Charlottesville, Va., this week.
“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 said in a lengthy Facebook post Friday morning.
Romney pointed to the example of the armed forces, whose leaders quickly denounced racism and extremism in the wake of Trump’s remarks.
“The leaders of our branches of military service have spoken immediately and forcefully, repudiating the implications of the president’s words. Why? In part because the morale and commitment of our forces — made up and sustained by men and women of all races — could be in the balance. Our allies around the world are stunned and our enemies celebrate; America’s ability to help secure a peaceful and prosperous world is diminished. And who would want to come to the aid of a country they perceive as racist if ever the need were to arise, as it did after 9/11?” Romney said.
The former Massachusetts governor, who was a sharp critic of Trump during the 2016 election, called on the president to take “remedial action in the extreme” to counter consequences that could be “severe in the extreme.”
“He should address the American people, acknowledge that he was wrong, apologize,” Romney said. He also called on Trump to say that racists were responsible for the violence in Charlottesville “100%” and make clear that there is no similarity between the neo-Nazis and counterprotesters.