Friday, August 18, 2017

Republican Romney Criticizes Trump's Handling of Charlottesville Protest

Former U.S. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney criticized President Donald Trump on Friday for his handling of last Saturday’s violent protest in the city of Charlottesville, Virginia, that left three people dead and 19 injured.

In a posting on Facebook, Romney warned Trump to change his approach or face the possibility of further national unrest.

“Whether he intended to or not, what he communicated causes racists to rejoice, minorities to weep and the vast heart of America to mourn,” Romney said.

His post also warned that if Trump does not take “remedial action in the extreme,” there could be “an unraveling of our national fabric.”

The former Massachusetts governor said Trump should admit he was wrong when he equated the actions of counterprotesters with those of the white supremacists who organized the rally.

“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-protesters who were outraged to see fools parading the Nazi flag, Nazi armbands and Nazi salute,” he wrote.

Romney’s comments are the latest indication of a growing rift between Trump and his own political party. On Thursday, Trump publicly attacked Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina for criticizing his charged remarks in the days following the racially motivated protests.

Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona also incurred Trump’s wrath Thursday for writing in a recently published book that Republicans abandoned their principles by surrendering to Trump’s “politics of anger.”

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