Romney slammed as ‘spineless’ for response to Trump’s ‘squad of four’ tweets

Sen. Mitt Romney likely surprised no one with his criticism of President Trump over his comments about progressive freshman congresswomen.

The Utah Republican and former governor of Massachusetts wouldn’t actually say whether he agreed with the left that the president’s tweets were racist, but he did say that Trump “fell far short” of his duty to unite all Americans.

(Image: screenshot NBC Boston)

Romney leveled safe criticism at the group of women engaged in a war of words with the president, speaking to an NBC10 Boston reporter on Monday about Reps. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.

“I certainly feel that a number of these new members of Congress have views that are not consistent with my experience and not consistent with building a strong America,” he told NBC News reporter Alison King at Boston Logan International Airport on Monday.

“At the same time, I recognize that the president has a unique and noble calling to unite all Americans regardless of our creeds, or our race or the place of our national origin,” he added. “And I think in that case, the president fell far short with his comments yesterday.”

“That’s all I’ve got, thanks,” he replied as he walked away when asked whether he thought Trump’s tweets were racist.

Politico’s congressional reporter Burgess Everett and NBC’s Frank Thorp asked the 2012 Republican presidential nominee later about the controversy and, again, Romney would not say whether he thought Trump’s comments were racist, though he did say they were “very wrong.”

He also would not specifically say whether he would support a Senate vote to condemn Trump’s comments, following a move by Speaker Nancy Pelosi who has introduced a resolution in the House.

“Haven’t given that thought,” he said. “But I’ve certainly indicated what I believe, so if that were to come, people know where I stand.”

Republicans began speaking out on Monday after the president doubled down on comments which he tweeted that the progressive freshmen House members should ​”go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.​”

The president passionately doubled down in a press conference Monday, condemning the lawmakers who “hate our country.”

“I’m watching them, all they do is complain,” Trump said on Monday. “All I’m saying, if they want to leave, they can leave.”

Meanwhile, Romney was slammed by the left for being “spineless” and not calling Trump’s remarks racist.


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