Mitt Romney Unleashes: Trump Must Apologize For “Causing Racists To Rejoice And Minorities To Weep”

Posted this morning to Mitt 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.

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    Oh look a reasonable Republican… I thought they were extint.

    • Silver Badger

      They are definitely an endangered species.

    • FAEN

      Meh-he only sounds reasonable because Cheeto is fucking nutso.

    • Hanwi

      Meh, probably just political maneuvering. We’ve seen him suck drumpf small orange penis in the past, he will do it again in the future, guaranteed. He’ll pull out his knee pads when semened, I mean summoned.

    • Jamie Brewer

      I think Romney is trying to get another dinner date with the Orange Turd..

  • bkmn

    Poor Mitt, Blimpo exposed the racism the GOP has been fostering for decades. How embarrassing.

  • Leo

    Oh go fuck yourself. You built this. Exhibit A: welfare ads you ran in 2012.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbqRSGGuhlA

    • Gustav2

      Dogs whistles are fine for Republicans, bullhorns are not

  • Tawreos

    Does Romney think that Trump will ever freely admit he was wrong about something? Especially if admitting he is wrong will piss off his supporters?

  • IAMBOWLINGGREEN

    Any republican that does not resign today, now, is complicit.

    https://twitter.com/ezlusztig/status/897565164505059337

    • Gustav2

      Ummmm, this is not news. We’ve known this about the Republicans for decades. All this will do is increase the number of self identified Independents in Ohio who will still vote R.

      • robindaybird

        remember Bill O’Reilly is officially registered as an Independent, but he votes hard R – Independent is often a cover for Republicans wanting to appear less biased

  • Ninja0980

    Your party laid the groundwork for someone like Trump to become the head of the GOP so how about you STFU?

  • GayOldLady
    • DonnaLee

      Been loving upvoting this on facebook.

  • HKDaniel

    Republicans have to start understanding that an apology is meaningless.

    He is who he is, and the Republicans need to deal with their own housekeeping.

    Not that that will ever happen.

    • Gustav2

      Republicans and Independents in the suburbs have to start understanding Trump is just saying what the Republicans do.

  • crewman

    I have mixed feelings on this. My knee-jerk reaction is to attack him for being part of the problem. All Republicans have allowed an environment to fester that gave harbor to fake news, lies, and hate. But that is also counter-productive. I would rather have moderates re-emerge as an ascendant force within that party. Tearing them down doesn’t help that.

    • Ninja0980

      In order for moderates to reemerge as a force, gerrymandering has to be done away with.
      It’s impossible to win as a moderate Republican otherwise.

      • marshlc

        When the narrative changes, practical and real change can follow. And the way the narrative changes is for people to stand up and speak out, to let the world know that moderate conservatism is a thing that exists.

        We keep saying, rightly, that Republicans need to repudiate Trump, to take responsibility for what they built. But when they take the first, small, at least partly self serving steps in that direction, we shout them down. It’s understandable – the “self serving” part seems to be right to the fore, while the “taking responsibility” part is barely to be seen. But it’s not in our best interests to tell them to shut the fuck up and go away, no matter how tempting that is.

        They need to see that they get more praise for at least pretending to be decent human beings with some lines they will not cross, than for crossing those lines. We don’t have to fall for their crocodile tears, but we can accept as a victory of sorts that they feel the need to cry them.

    • The_Wretched

      “Moderate” Republicans were purged via primarying by the Koch bros and other oligarchs. They were replaced with teaparty tools. The ‘moderates’ cannot return until the political system has a massive change (like paper ballots wiht hand counting) and Gorsuch etal won’t allow that.

    • Rambie

      Agreed, the first steps will feel small and too late for us so it’s easy want to ,”attack [them] for being part of the problem” But we should instead say, “About time, what actions will you take now that you’re a target too?”

  • denbear00

    STFU, Mitt.

  • William

    It’s not just minorities weeping.

    • Silver Badger

      And most of those tears are tears of RAGE.

    • BobSF_94117

      It is in Mitten’s world.

    • TrueWords

      The Long List of Killings Committed by White Extremists Since the Oklahoma City Bombing

      Oct. 9, 1995. An Amtrak employee is killed when a train derails near Hyder, Arizona because the track it’s traveling on has been sabotaged. The perpetrators are never found, but anti-law enforcement propaganda messages from the “Sons of Gestapo” are found near the scene.

      April 12, 1996. A neo-Nazi named Larry Wayne Shoemake, who is found to have owned at least 22 firearms and an estimated 20,000 rounds of ammunition, kills a black man in a random Jackson, Mississippi attack.

      July 27, 1996. A bomb set by Eric Robert Rudolph, who is affiliated with the “Christian Identity” fundamentalist movement, kills one person at the Atlanta Olympics.

      Jan. 29, 1998. Another bomb set by Rudolph kills a man at a Birmingham abortion clinic.

      May 29, 1998. Three militia sympathizers named Alan Pilon, Robert Mason and Jason McVean fire 29 shots at a Cortez, Colorado police officer who is trying to apprehend them because they’ve stolen a water truck, killing him. The three evade capture but are believed to ultimately have died in the desert wilderness surrounding the crime scene.

      Oct. 23, 1998. With his wife and children nearby, an abortion provider in Amherst, New York is shot and killed through the window of his home by James Charles Kopp.

      July 1, 1999. Brothers Benjamin Matthew Williams and James Tyler Williams, who also have connections to the “Christian Identity” movement, kill a gay couple in Redding, California.

      July 2–July 5 1999. Neo-Nazi Benjamin Nathaniel Smith kills black basketball coach Ricky Byrdsong and and a Korean graduate student and wounds nine other non-white victims in a three-day shooting spree.

      Aug. 10, 1999. Neo-Nazi Buford Furrow kills a Filipino immigrant after firing 70 shots inside a Jewish community center near Los Angeles.

      April 28, 2000. An unemployed immigration attorney named Richard Baumhammers who believes “non-white immigration” should be banned shoots and kills five people in the Pittsburgh area.

      Sept. 15–Oct. 4, 2001. Mark Stroman, a lifelong criminal with connections to the Aryan Brotherhood, shoots three South Asian men in the Dallas area—killing two—in what he describes as revenge for 9/11.

      Dec. 8, 2003. Steven Bixby kills two police officers in Abbeville, South Carolina during a dispute over the state’s decision to use a 20-foot strip of the Bixbys’ land to widen a highway.

      May 24, 2004. Wade and Christopher Lay, a father-son pair obsessed with the 1993 government siege of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, kill a bank security guard in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

      July 27, 2008. Jim David Adkisson shoots and kills two people during a childrens’ performance of a musical at a Unitarian Univeralist church in Knoxville, Tennessee, telling police that he intended to target individuals who had voted for liberals and Democrats.

      Jan. 21, 2009. Neo-Nazi Keith Luke rapes and kills an immigrant from Cape Verde in Brockton, Massachusetts, then kills a 72-year-old homeless immigrant.

      April 4, 2009. Richard Andrew Poplawski, a frequent poster on the white supremacist Stormfront website who apparently believes a national “gun ban” is imminent, kills three Pittsburgh police officers.

      April 25, 2009. Joshua Cartwright kills two Okaloosa County, Florida sheriff’s deputies. Per a police report, Cartwright’s wife says he was paranoid about the U.S. government and “extremely disturbed” by Barack Obama’s election.

      May 30, 2009. Shawna Forde, Albert Gaxiola, and Jason Bush kill a Latino man and his nine-year-old daughter in Arivaca, Arizona during a robbery intended to raise funds for the “Minutemen American Defense” group.

      May 31, 2009. Scott Roeder kills Dr. George Tiller, an abortion provider, in the Wichita, Kansas Lutheran church where Tiller serves as an usher.

      June 10, 2009. An 89-year-old white supremacist named James von Brunn kills a security guard at the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. from point-blank range.

      Feb. 18, 2010. Joseph Andrew Stack flies a plane into an Austin, Texas IRS office, killing one person.

      May 20, 2010. A father-son pair named Jerry and Joseph Kane (who conduct “seminars” about how “sovereign citizens” can evade debt) kill two West Memphis, Arkansas police officers.

      Sept. 26–Oct. 3, 2011. Avowed white supremacists David Joseph Pedersen and Holly Ann Grigsby kill Pedersen’s father and stepmother in Washington, a man they believe is Jewish in Oregon, and a black man in California.*

      Aug. 5, 2012. A white supremacist named Wade Michael Page kills six people at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.

      Aug. 16, 2012. “Sovereign citizen”-movement adherents Brian Smith and Kyle Joekel, who are now awaiting trial, allegedly kill two Louisiana sheriff’s deputies in a trailer-park ambush.

      Sept. 4, 2012. Christopher Lacy, a software engineer who lives in a rural trailer and apparently sympathizes with the “sovereign citizen” movement, shoots a California Highway Patrol officer who dies the next day.

      April 13, 2014. Frazier Glenn Miller, a 73-year-old with a long history of KKK activity, kills three people in the area of a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement community in Overland Park, Kansas.

      June 8, 2014. Jerad and Amanda Miller kill two police officers in a random attack at a pizza restaurant in Las Vegas, then kill a customer at a Walmart. The Millers had spent time on Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s property during protests related to Bundy’s dispute with the federal government.

      Sept. 12, 2014. Eric Frein allegedly shoots and kills a Pennsylvania state trooper; he’s caught 48 days later after hiding from authorities in “survivalist” fashion in a rural area.

      June 17, 2015. Dylann Roof murders nine people at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

      July 24, 2015. John Russell Houser, a 59-year-old man with a history of expressing extremist and anti-feminist beliefs, kills two women at a screening of the Amy Schumer comedy Trainwreck in Lafayette, Louisiana.

      Nov. 27, 2015. A 57-year-old religious fanatic named Robert Lewis Dear shoots and kills three people, including a police officer, at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs.

      March 20, 2017. A 28-year-old white supremacist named James Harris Jackson stabs a 66-year-old black stranger to death in midtown Manhattan.

      May 26, 2017. Two men are stabbed to death on a light-rail train in Portland, Oregon by a “known local white supremacist” named Jeremy Joseph Christian.

      Aug. 12, 2017. A white supremacist named James Fields Jr. attending the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, allegedly runs over and kills an anti-racism protester.

      • William

        How many more didn’t make national headlines?

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    Begging for different words is a rather fruitless exercise. So what if Trump reads another pre-written statement and no doubt delivered like a hostage video.

    Its far too late for words. What concrete actions will the Republican part take to foment positive change?

    What about restoring the funding for the government agency investigation white supremacist organizations (cut at the request of Nazi wife Gorka)?

    What about investigating the rise of white supremacists in law enforcement?

    What about better national tracking of hate crimes?

    What about the use of the internet to radicalize and promote hate?

    Give me some fucking concrete actions and policies. Words don’t mean shit anymore.

    • Gustav2

      What about a Voters Rights Act covering the whole nation?

      Work for that, Mittens.

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    • Hank

      Oh for the days of William F. Buckley a REAL Conservative, if there ever was one! He KICKED the John Birch Society OUT of the Conservative Party, as they did not speak for the party.

      NOW is the time for the Rethuglican Party to do the same, with the so-called Freedom Caucus, and anyone running on Hate, etc. Take the Republican Party BACK to where, they were at least respectable!!!

      • Judas Peckerwood

        Buckley was an unrepentant racist and a horrible human being. Hope he’s burning in Athiest Hell.

  • Dramphooey

    “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.”

    “That’s true, Mitt. Jews, blacks, Hispanics, Muslim … and hey, don’t forget LGBTQ as well.”

    “As I said, Jews, blacks, Hispanics, Muslims, that Log Cabin guy I fired are as much a part of America as white and Protestants.”

  • jayjonson

    I am glad Romney called out Trump, however belatedly, but I wonder if his failure to mention LGBT people was an innocent oversight or a deliberate omission. After all, the fascists in Charlottesville attacked not only Jews, African-Americans, and immigrants. They also shouted about “faggots.” If one is going to speak truth to power, why not speak the whole truth? Or are Republicans like Romney okay with the NeoNazi and Ku Klux Klan position on gay people?

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    Trump’s base people sure don’t like this post. There are some really ugly replies to this on Mitt’s facebook page.

    • David L. Caster

      Good. Mitt needs to take a good long look at who he has been associated with and pandered to for a long time.

    • Ben in Oakland

      Maybe that means they won’t vote for him. Sad.

  • Rex

    “Act now for the good of our country” – Trump won’t apologize, and any thing else he says would just be an act, Trump has shown us who he is and we believe him.
    The GOP is responsible for this disaster, and they need to fix it. Will they?

    • David L. Caster

      Not until it affects them directly at the polls.

    • junesxing

      nope

    • Nowhereman

      In a word? “No”. In two words? “HELLS NO!”

  • Rex

    If Trump got down on his knees, begging, pleading and crying my response would still be, fuck you.

  • Silver Badger

    An apology would do no good and would not be accepted by anyone who matters.

  • David L. Caster

    Place the blame where it belongs: Republicans.

  • bambinoitaliano

    The only difference is these racists prefer to speak out from their collective closet. Meanwhile the shit gibbon walks right out and exposed all of them. The like of Mitt Romney and the GOP think they can still appear to be rational and fair when none of them did anything but paying lip service to what is going on in the country. Just like the “Extreme Temperature” we are at the point of no return. This is not just about the country’s fate but the fate of these corruptors. No one will be safe from the fall of the American Empire.

  • shellback

    Your omission of LGBT is blindingly obvious. Just. Go. Away.
    edit – I should have said “Your multiple omissions…”

  • Dagoril

    Sounds like somebody wants to run for president again.

  • geoffalnutt

    Trump has never apologized to anyone for anything…and never will.

  • GayOldLady

    Why don’t you ask your daughter Ronna to step down as the Chairwoman of the RNC in protest? No, that would be too much to expect, wouldn’t it Mitch?

    • JCF

      {applause}

  • BobSF_94117

    First of all, you can’t dispense from anything.

    You notice that the danger Mitt fears is that Trump’s words will unleash violence from the left, and we can’t have that…

  • Natty Enquirer

    Romney spent his moral authority in the first paragraph.Yet another Republican unwilling to denounce Dear Leader.

  • Bj Lincoln

    Nice words Mitt but words will not fix this. Drumpf will never apologize because it is a sign of weakness and goes against his mental illness. The GOP needs to do something with the monster they created and unleashed on us! Stop him! Stop supporting him after you lie to us on mass media. You say his is wrong but not doing something about it is just as bad as supporting him. The GOP has ruined OUR country and we MUST take it back. While I don’t want to go backwards, rewinding to the election for a fresh start is one way to reset the path we are on.

    • shellback

      Good morning, Bj. When I spotted your photo, I just had to wish you a great day.

      • Bj Lincoln

        Thank you hon. You just made mine. 🙂

  • skyweaver

    I guess Mitt gets a nice golf clap for this. Whatever. But I’ve watched his party dog-whistle for decades now. The only difference between now and then is that Trump has no filters. In a way it’s sort of refreshing, but don’t clutch your pearls, Mitt, that he’s not expressing the id of the Republican party.

  • Stephen Elliot Phillips

    Too little. Too late. Too bad.

  • AJ Drew

    Oh, I just had to read the replies to Romney’s statement on his facebook page. Awful and ugly stuff, overall, and DT’s “whataboutism” stance has become deeply ingrained in the thought-process of his base. So many comments along the lines of “I watched Trump’s comments and don’t understand why people are upset or how they reading so much into it; he spoke the truth!” Uff.

  • American

    Mitt. Shut up, sit down, or we are going to biatch slap you into next week. What a terrible thing you did. Like the uniformed, you heard what you wanted to hear. Grow a pair, man up. How dare you sell America out! I say Damn you.

  • The_Wretched

    Good…but.

    Romney always was part of ‘never Trump’ so it’s not surprising he’d speak out. However – we gots the Trump and I’m not seeing them do anything. If they have a behind the scenes going on to flip republicans to get Trump out, it’s the best kept secret in DC. Also missing is condemnation of the rest of the racist Republicans.

  • Secure

    Many Republicans now hate BOTH of their former presidential candidates.

  • Treant

    Eh, it’s always the turn of a has been or never was to criticize. Call me when it’s widespread in currently important Republican politicians.

  • bambinoitaliano

    Does a binderful of woman Mitt has the moral high ground over the pussies grabbing shit gibbon? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/275f92e28938941a3a172efa960bfd6231f22e374f8e1b2c69882b7ed0e42f5c.gif

  • OdieDenCO

    but you voted for donny and it seems you still support him. oops!

    • shellback

      By my logic, that makes Mitt a NAZI.

      • Beagle

        At least a fellow traveler.

  • Ken M

    Presidents don’t admit their wrong, unless you’re Bill Clinton apologizing for lying about your sex life. : )

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
  • edrex

    “Causing Racists To Rejoice And Minorities To Weep”… i don’t mean to be too uncharitable, but doesn’t mormonism do the same thing?

    • Ben in Oakland

      Yes, it they’re so nice about it.

  • Ken M

    Maybe he wants a shot as VP after the impeachment. “Hey, a girl can dream” : )

  • olandp

    As a Mormon, Mittens is a minority. They may come for us in the first wave, but the Mormons won’t be too far behind.

    • Friday

      The LDS want to be theocrats in their own little patch and want to join in with the other Christianist bogots nationwide. You’d think people who are bullies and theocratic conjobs themselves would realize that’s not how bullies work: they might *use* the Mormons but still want to treat them like they all treat other non-Christians.

  • Mike C

    Remember when decent people ran for office and you could disagree with them on matters of governing and not their support for neo-nazis and thirst for nuclear war? “Binders full of women” almost seems quaint these days.

    • Ben in Oakland

      Those binders have no pussies. Meow.

  • Benny S.

    “His apologists strain to explain that he didn’t mean what we heard.”

    Do you mean apologists like your niece Ronna Romney McDaniel of the Republican National Committee???

  • Jack

    Like trump knows from an inflection point.

  • Friday

    Of course, Rmoney wanted to make bigots rejoice and minorities weep, too, just not so loudly. And, besides, Mittens, isn’t saying that Drumph repudiating his own and the bigots’ words would be ‘unprecedented candor’ also claiming he didn’t mean all those things he’s said over and over again while you supported him anyway?

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Blah. Go ask Ann if you can pet her show pony

    • Ben in Oakland

      Maybe strap it to the roof of the car?

  • Benny S.

    I’m curious what Mitt thinks about his own church’s history and how many of the church’s “prophets” historically felt about black people. Does Mitt still consider these men as legitimate prophets or should they be classified as false prophets?

  • Gerry Fisher

    Republicans: “Hate must be polite and discreet. Trump is neither. We condemn him.”

  • -M-

    More than a day late [and of course he doesn’t mention how Republicans, himself included, brought about and endorsed this mainstreaming of bigotry prejudice and discrimination and need to now repudiate and oppose it] but due credit for being forceful on what it does say and much better than the mere concernedness expressed by most Republican figures so far.

  • Hank

    “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.”

    Herr Drumpf is MENTALLY INCAPABLE of doing either!!!

    • Hank

      Just listened to a grey haired white southern women say, that she agrees, that the EVIL, that took place in Charlottesville was due to “Both Sides, Both Sides”

      This just gives the “proper racists” a “legitimate cover” for their beliefs!!!

  • Ben in Oakland

    But you were still ready to bend over for him when you thought he might offer you relevance and a job, weren’t you, mittens?

    Even though it was obvious who he was,

  • KnownDonorDad

    And this from a guy whose church once didn’t admit black people.

  • CharlestonDave

    Anybody else notice that Mittens’ statement excludes gay people?

  • JWC

    As a true Republican he could not bring himself to say and include gays in his list of persecuted A bigly mistake so SAD

  • TheManicMechanic

    Guy from a lily-white religion, clad in lily-white special undies, which held that black folk were literally of the devil only until recently when clamoring for legitimacy (and tax breaks), says whuuuuut?

  • tchowski

    Big talk from a Mormon Cultist. I don’t remember him rushing to apologize when his “True Prophet of God” pointed the Scaly Finger of Mormon Activist Bigotry at my Constitutional tights.

  • Lee Grupsmith-Pedersen

    Such pretty words. Is his bishop holding Mitt’s temple recommend for ransom until he complies?

  • JCF

    Who let the Mitt out?
    Who?
    Who?
    Who?

    You wanna help, Mitt? Cut a (sizeable) check to (actual) civil rights organizations. As a spokesman (outside of GOP establishment DONORS), well, you suck.

  • Richard

    When someone tells you who they are….believe them !

    Trump told us loud and clear, during the campaign, just who he was, and yet voters voted for him anyway. Does Romney really think Trump would acknowledge that he was wrong and apologize for his remarks ? That ain’t gonna happen! He’s a day late and a dollar short …. he should resign !