Rather than drawing a line in the sand, a prominent Republican lawmaker has apparently decided to dig a trench.
On Sunday, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) joined protesters in their fight against police brutality and systemic racism, the Washington Examiner reported.
Mitt takes a stand
Republicans were just as outraged as everyone else over the brutal death of George Floyd while under arrest by Minneapolis police. Having said that, most in the GOP refused to entertain the idea that the widespread rioting and looting seen in cities across America were justified in any way or were an appropriate response to racial injustice.
The one Republican who has not been on the same page is Sen. Romney, who joined demonstrators in the nation’s capital on Sunday as they marched to the White House.
Mitt Romney, marching down Penn Ave towards the White House, with about 1000 mostly evangelical protesters. They’re chanting “black lives matter!” and singing “This little light of mine” @MittRomney pic.twitter.com/Zj8HHpBDoX
— Michelle Boorstein (@mboorstein) June 7, 2020
Romney also took a few selfies with the crowd and publicly professed his support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Black Lives Matter. pic.twitter.com/JpXUFlxH2J
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) June 7, 2020
Invokes father’s memory
Romney will undoubtedly struggle for Republican support when his seat comes up for re-election, in part because of his vote to convict Trump on an impeachment charge earlier this year. As such, he seems to be on a quest to paint himself as a true moderate who is willing engage in dialogue with parties on both sides of the aisle.
To that end, Romney also shared a picture of his father, George Romney, who was the governor of Michigan from 1963 to 1969, also marching for racial equality with those who were likely of a different political background.
This is my father, George Romney, participating in a Civil Rights march in the Detroit suburbs during the late 1960s—“Force alone will not eliminate riots,” he said. “We must eliminate the problems from which they stem.” pic.twitter.com/SzrcAyfPD8
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) June 6, 2020
Stands against Trump
Romney has already made it known that he will not support Trump’s re-election in 2020. It is worth noting that Romney also declined to cast his vote for the current occupant of the Oval Office back in 2016.
According to The New York Times, Romney joins former Republican President George W. Bush and former Republican Secretary of State Colin Powell in their opposition to another four years of Trump at the helm.