Senator Mitt Romney took part in a Black Lives Matter march to the White House this past weekend, drawing ridicule from President Trump.
Romney, the Senator from Utah, was filmed marching with protesters while explaining that he was walking “to make sure that people understand that Black Lives Matter.”
“We need a voice against racism … we need many voices against racism and against brutality,” he said. “And we need to stand up and say black lives matter.”
The President wasn’t too keen on Romney making a march to the White House with a fringe group that blames him for racism in America.
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.@MittRomney is marching with a group of nearly 1,000 Christians to the White House. Here he is on video saying why he’s walking: “… to make sure that people understand that Black Lives Matter” https://t.co/KCxJNchCMs pic.twitter.com/Za0Am2WL8g
— Hannah Natanson (@hannah_natanson) June 7, 2020
What a Guy
Trump hammered Romney on Twitter with a sarcastic rant that seemed to suggest the senator’s siding with Black Lives Matter was more about politics and less about a sincere concern.
“Tremendous sincerity, what a guy,” the President wrote. “Hard to believe, with this kind of political talent, his numbers would ‘tank’ so badly in Utah!”
A Deseret News/Hinckley Institute of Politics poll back in February showed Utahans gave Trump a higher approval rating than their own senator.
The same poll in May had Romney’s approval rating amongst Republicans well behind that of Democrats, a political party he sides with more often than not.
Tremendous sincerity, what a guy. Hard to believe, with this kind of political talent, his numbers would “tank” so badly in Utah! https://t.co/KqHsHmSRKo
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 8, 2020
It should be noted that Romney, who has made a career out of placating fringe groups and flip-flopping on his own views, garnered a mere 6 percent of the African-American vote during his presidential run in 2012.
President Trump has seen approval ratings in the black community well above that.
Additionally, Black Lives Matter commissioned focus groups in January that seem to suggest young black voters could sink the campaign of Democrat challenger Joe Biden.
“The difference-maker for Democrats in November … isn’t whether President Donald Trump will peel off a small proportion of black men as he’s trying to do,” Politico reports, “but whether Biden can persuade young black voters in battleground states not to sit out the election.”
Can the outraged young African Americans break Biden? How will they go to the polls? https://t.co/QyquXqP7k3
— Marvi Sirmed (@marvisirmed) June 5, 2020
Romney and Trump have engaged in quite the rivalry over the years, so there is little doubt the Republican senator was using this moment as an opportunity to show he is a true leader while the President is not.
He has Hillary Syndrome, where past losers like to fantasize about what they could have been.
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