Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, marched with Black Lives Matter protesters in Washington D.C. on Sunday, becoming the first Republican senator to vocally oppose widespread racial injustice and police brutality since George Floyd’s death.
Romney posted a picture on social media showing himself with a face mask in a crowd captioned: “Black Lives Matter.”
President Donald Trump, who has praised neoNazis and white supremacists, mocked Romney for participating in the protest.
“Tremendous sincerity, what a guy. Hard to believe, with this kind of political talent, his numbers would ‘tank’ so badly in Utah!” tweeted Trump, who has ordered attacks on peaceful demonstrators outside the White House and in Portland.
As congressional leaders from both sides of the aisle offered praise for longtime Georgia Rep. John Lewis, Trump snubbed the funeral for the civil rights leader who marched alongside Rev. Martin Luther King and was beaten on the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
Romney’s appearance at the protest was a rare display of support for the Black Lives Matter movement by any Republican.
Since 1968, Republicans have been cultivating support among southern racists who abandoned the Democratic Party following the enactment of civil rights laws by President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon Johnson.
Today, states that once comprised the pro-slavery Confederacy are among the most reliable GOP voting blocks.
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