Mitt Romney is marching for justice — and President Donald Trump isn’t impressed. On Sunday, the Utah senator and 2012 Republican Presidential nominee, 73, participated in a strike in Washington, D.C., documenting the appearance on Instagram with the caption “Black Lives Matter.”
Through a mask, Romney told a Washington Post reporter during the demonstration that he showed up in order to “end roughness, and to make sure that people understand that black lives matter.”
The peaceful strike came nearly two weeks after the depart of George Floyd while in custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Large gatherings across the country have been organized in the wake of Floyd’s loss, with citizens calling for accountability and justice in cases.
During the march over the weekend, Romney told an NBC News reporter that “we need many voices against ra-cism and against roughness.” He added, “We need to stand up and say that black lives matter.”
On Twitter, Trump, 73, sarcastically applauded Romney for aligning with the strikers, tweeting: “Tremendous sincerity, what a guy. Hard to believe, with this kind of political talent, his numbers would ‘tank’ so badly in Utah!”
“No Americans should fear enmity and harm from those sworn to protect us,” Romney tweeted on May 28. “The loss of George Floyd must not be in vain: Our shock and outrage must grow into collective determination to extinguish forever such racist misuse.”
He added in another post: “The George Floyd case is abhorrent. Peaceful strikes underscore the urgency of addressing injustices. But roughness drowns the message of the strikers and mocks the principles of justice.”
The Republican senator’s support of the strikes contrasts Trump’s stance last week when the President threatened military force to qualm some demonstrations that splintered into rioting.
Romney has been a longtime critic of the president, repeatedly speaking out against some of Trump’s politics. He was also the lone Republican senator to vote to convict Trump and remove him from office during his impeachment trial over his Ukraine scandal.
Romney also shared a black-and-white photograph of his dad, the late George Romney, that showed the one-time Governor of Michigan “participating in a Civil Rights march in the Detroit suburbs during the 1960s.”
Captioning the throwback image of his father joining strikers decades ago, Romney wrote that his dad once said, “Force alone will not eliminate riots; we must eliminate the problems from which they stem.”
This article was originally published on the people.com