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Mitt Romney says President Donald Trump needs to acknowledge he was wrong and apologize for his remarks following the deadly violence last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia.
“Whether he intended to or not, what he communicated caused racists to rejoice, minorities to weep, and the vast heart of America to mourn,” the 2012 Republican presidential nominee posted Friday on Facebook.
Romney called it a defining moment for Trump’s presidency.
“The potential consequences are severe in the extreme. Accordingly, the president must take remedial action in the extreme,” he wrote.
Also Friday, several House Democrats introduced a resolution to censure the president over his comments.
Trump drew bipartisan criticism for his first statement that there was blame “on both sides” for the violence in Charlottesville. He condemned neo-Nazis and white supremacists two days later, but then reiterated his original statement and said there were “some fine people” among both the left-wing counterprotesters and the white nationalists.
Trump apologists “strain” to explain that he didn’t mean what people heard, Romney wrote.
“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,” he wrote.
Trump, he said, “should address the American people, acknowledge that he was wrong, apologize.”
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