After a standard bearer and presidential candidate for the party, Romney found himself at a time when he was a man on an island, often the only GOP member who criticized President Donald Trump in public for his tone, tweet and his inability to unite the country. at the time of racial calculation.
But after George Floyd’s death and the rush of calls for equal police and justice reform, Romney appeared to be more incapacitated than following party lines or remaining silent. Over the weekend, Romney lined up with protesters in Washington, tweeting what he said was a clear and important phrase to repeat: “Black is important.” In recent days, the senator has refused to say whether he will support Trump for re-election in November.
Romney praised his father’s legacy as governor of Michigan in the late 1960s for some of his recent actions, but also said the events of the last few weeks made him think – like many Americans – that more needs to be changed.
“I state clearly, which is a problem of black souls,” Romney told reporters Monday night in a broad interview. “If there is injustice, we want to correct it. If there is prejudice, we want to change it. If there is bias, we hope to give people a different perspective.”
Romney said while he did not see the issue of equality through a political lens, it was undeniable that his party had “a small part of the embarrassing African American voice.”
In recent weeks, Romney’s small defiance of President’s words or tweets has been more than a reaction to Floyd’s death.
In May, Romney said during a hearing on coronavirus that he found a US record of testing – something Trump was repeatedly proud of – “nobody celebrates anything.”
After Trump repeatedly raised conspiracy theories about the death of an aide who had worked for former congressman now MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, Romney tweeted “enough” last month. And when Trump tweeted Tuesday about an unfounded report that a protester who had been torn down by police in Buffalo, New York, was a member of Antifa, Romney went to mics and told reporters on Capitol Hill that the tweet was “shocking” even because most of his colleagues from Republicans refused to stop or listen to tweets that were read to them.
“I saw the tweet. It is very surprising to say and I will not appreciate it with further comments,” Romney said.
MPs and close assistants with the senator argued that his recent remarks were not new or improved. They say junior senators from Utah always vow to speak out against the President’s actions when he disagrees. He, however, was one of Trump’s most persistent critics in 2016.
“Everyone must be allowed to speak in their minds,” Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito from West Virginia told CNN about Romney. “I think Mitt has a lot of good friends at our conference. … Although it might be difficult for people to think that if he says things that you disagree with or he might say them the wrong way … we still appreciate the year the years of his devotion and vision. “
Romney’s face with Trump has appeared in many forms over the years, from blistering speeches to heated op-eds, including those he published in 2019 on The Washington Post
where he argues that “president [had] do not climb into office coats. “Romney frustrated his GOP colleagues in February when he crossed the aisle and joined the Democrats in a vote to get Trump out of office in the middle of an impeachment trial. Republicans criticized Romney for stepping on the inevitable Trump’s release message. they are heads.
“I will give it this: a professional launch,” a GOP senator told CNN at the time. “Not too collegial, but very professional.”
In recent days, Romney said he had worked with his colleagues to help make laws to control police brutality. And while many Republicans do not want to comment on his criticism of Trump, they argue that Romney has emerged as a legislative partner.
“He is willing to be involved in important issues that affect the country,” said Senator Tim Scott, a Republican from South Carolina who led the effort to overhaul policing. “We must welcome every senator who wants to be part of the solution. That is good news. I think self-awareness is a good thing too, but he is trying to make a difference, and I think it should be admired.”