WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, urged President Donald Trump on Friday to admit he was wrong when he blamed “both sides” for the violent clashes between participants in a “pro-white” rally and counter-demonstrators in Virginia a week ago.
“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 said in a Facebook post.
Romney, who spoke forcefully against Trump’s run for president last year, joined others who have rebuked Trump for equating the white supremacists marching in Charlottesville, Virginia, with demonstrators who came out to oppose them.
Counter-protester Heather Heyer, 32, died after a car rammed into a crowd. Authorities charged a 20-year-old man, who allegedly supported the rally, with the crime.
“He should address the American people, acknowledge that he was wrong, apologize,” Romney wrote.
“State forcefully and unequivocally that racists are 100% to blame for the murder and violence in Charlottesville,” he wrote. “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.”
Romney added, “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.”