"Whether he meant to or not, what [Trump] communicated caused racists to rejoice, minorities to weep, and the vast heart of America to mourn", former Massachusetts Governor Romney wrote in a Facebook post Friday morning.
The former MA governor who was the GOP presidential nominee in 2012 wrote that the "potential consequences" to how people are interpretating Trump's comments "are severe in the extreme".
"The president must take remedial action in the extreme". State forcefully and unequivocally that racists are 100% to blame for the murder and violence in Charlottesville. He reiterated the comment during a chaotic press conference at Trump Tower in New York City on Tuesday, August 15, telling reporters, "You had some very bad people in that group, but you also had people that were very fine people".
"His apologists strain to explain that he didn't mean what we heard".
In a post on Facebook, Romney warns that unless President Trump speaks on the subject "with unprecedented candor and strength, there may commence an unraveling of our national fabric".
Romney wrote that Trump should "address the American people, acknowledge that he was wrong, apologize".
"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", Romney wrote.
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In the Facebook screed, Romney argued Trump's tepid response diminished "America's ability to help secure a peaceful and prosperous world". "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, who lost to Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential polls, was one of the strong critics of Trump during the 2016 United States elections.
More troubling than Romney's whiplash reaction to Trump, however, is his own sticky history in terms of race relations; for someone so concerned with condemning intolerance, Romney has shown a remarkable lack of understanding and tact in the past.
"But much more than that, it is a moment that will define America in the hearts of our children", he continued. But today they wonder.
They appeared to patch things up after the election, with Trump considering whether to appoint Romney as secretary of State. "To bitterness and tears, or perhaps to anger and violence?"
"Mr. President, act now for the good of the country", he concluded. "They support idea which cost nation and world so much pain ... the #WhiteSupremacy groups will see being assigned only 50 percent of the blame as a win", he added.
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