Blake: Romney fails his own test on Trump’s racist tweets

The Concord Journal | 7/18/2019 | Staff
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After tracking Republican responses to President Donald Trump’s racist tweets over the last couple of days, we can say this: Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, offered one of the strongest condemnations of anyone in his party.

But that’s mostly a function of the tepidness of the party’s broader response. And it’s hardly the standard Romney has set for himself.

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Romney offered a couple responses Monday to Trump’s tweets urging nonwhite congresswomen to “go back” to their countries, both impromptu and in a prepared statement. He said Trump’s sentiment was “destructive, was demeaning, was disunifying and frankly was very wrong.” He added that, “People can disagree over politics and policy, but telling American citizens to go back to where they came from is over the line.”

But in each response, Romney stopped short of calling Trump’s tweets racist. Asked by a reporter whether it was racist, Romney said, “That’s all I’ve got,” and walked away.

Romney - Trump - Tweets - Reason - Word

Romney seems to indicate that he thinks Trump’s tweets were racist, but for some reason wasn’t willing to say that word. The issue is that he’s previously invoked the r-word in denouncing Trump, and he’s promised on multiple occasions not to mince words when the president says something racist.

During the 2016 campaign, Romney expressed concern about Trump causing “trickle-down racism” - a statement which implied that there was racism and bigotry to be found at the top. “Presidents have an impact on the nature of our nation, and trickle-down racism, trickle-down bigotry, trickle-down misogyny - all these things are extraordinarily dangerous to the heart and character of America,” he said.

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In 2017, after the tragedy in Charlottesville, Virginia, Romney said Trump comparing white supremacists to counterprotesters “caused racists to rejoice, minorities to weep, and the vast heart of America to mourn.”

“His apologists strain to explain that he didn’t mean what we heard,”...
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