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Romney Responds To Trump’s White Supremacist Comments, And It’s Something Everybody Should Read

“This is a defining moment for President Trump. But much more than that, it is a moment that will define America in the hearts of our children.” So said Mitt Romney in response to President Trump’s comments on Charlottesville.

When Romney ran for President in 2012, Trump was conflicted — often flipping between insults and endorsement. To return the favor, Romney criticized Trump’s unwillingness to release his tax returns as he ran for President in 2016, but warmed to him after he was elected.

This awkward photo summarizes their relationship well:

Romney has held his tongue for most of the President’s first months in office, but could stand by no longer after what happened at the Charlottesville protests. From Romney’s Facebook page:

“I will dispense for now from discussion of the moral character of the president’s Charlottesville statements. Whether he intended to or not, what he communicated 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. But what we heard is now the reality, and unless it is addressed by the president as such, with unprecedented candor and strength, there may commence an unraveling… of our national fabric.

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?

In homes across the nation, children are asking their parents what this means. Jews, blacks, Hispanics, Muslims are as much a part of America as whites and Protestants. But today they wonder. Where might this lead? To bitterness and tears, or perhaps to anger and violence?

The potential consequences are severe in the extreme. Accordingly, the president must take remedial action in the extreme. He should address the American people, acknowledge that he was wrong, apologize. State forcefully and unequivocally that racists are 100% to blame for the murder and violence in Charlottesville. 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-protestors who were outraged to see fools parading the Nazi flag, Nazi armband and Nazi salute. And once and for all, he must definitively repudiate the support of David Duke and his ilk and call for every American to banish racists and haters from any and every association.

This is a defining moment for President Trump. But much more than that, it is a moment that will define America in the hearts of our children. They are watching, our soldiers are watching, the world is watching. Mr. President, act now for the good of the country.”

Here’s the most salient points from the message:

— “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 was quick to point out Trump’s error in providing a supportive message to white supremacists.

— “The leaders of our branches of military service have spoken immediately and forcefully, repudiating the implications of the president’s words.” Far from being in support of the President, military leadership nationwide is clarifying that they do not support what Trump is saying, often citing zero-tolerance policies for racism.

— “In homes across the nation, children are asking their parents what this means.” The President of the United States is almost a mythical figure; how many children have dreamed of being President one day? Now, parents of children white, black, Muslim, and Hispanic are struggling to explain what has happened to bring our country to this place.

— “He should address the American people, acknowledge that he was wrong, [and] apologize.” Trump’s biggest weakness may be his absolute insistence against apologizing or admitting wrongdoing. By calling for his apology, Romney is seeking to provide advice for the President to set something right.

— “This is a defining moment for President Trump. But much more than that, it is a moment that will define America in the hearts of our children.” Essentially, President Trump has stated that there is an equivalency between white supremacists and people fighting against racism. Is this the America that our fathers, sons, and brothers have fought to defend? I think not, and Romney seems to agree.

This candlelight vigil outside of the White House on August 13 sums up much of the country’s response to what has happened.

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