Romney credits his father’s legacy as a Michigan governor in the late 1960s for some of his recent actions, but he also says the events of the past few weeks have left him thinking – like many Americans – that more change is needed.
“I remember that black life is important,” Romney told reporters Monday night in a wide-ranging interview. “If there is injustice, we want to correct that. If there is bias, we want to change that. If there is bias, we hope to give people a different view.”
Romney said that while the issue of equality is not viewed through a political lens, it is undeniable that his party has a “small, embarrassing percentage of African American voices.”
In the past few weeks, Romney’s small challenge actions against the president’s words or tweets related to more than just a reaction to Floyd’s death.
After Trump has repeatedly sparked a conspiracy theory about the death of one of the aides who previously worked with ex-congressman Joe Scarborough, Romney last month hosted “enough”. When Trump tweeted on Tuesday of an unsupported report that a police protester dropped in Buffalo, New York, was a member of Antifa, Romney went to microphones and told reporters on Capitol Hill that the tweet was “shocking” even as most of his fellow Republicans refused to stop or listen to a tweet To read it to them.
“I saw the tweet. It was a shocking thing to say, and I will not honor her with any other comment,” Romney said.
Lawmakers and aides close to the senator argue that his latest statements are not new or escalating. They say that the Utah junior senator has always vowed to speak out against the president’s behavior when he does not agree. He was, after all, one of Trump’s harshest critics in 2016.
“Everyone should be allowed to express their opinion,” Republican Senator Shelley Shelley Capito of West Virginia told CNN of Romney. “I think Mitt has a lot of good friends at our conference … while it may be difficult externally for people to believe that if he says things he does not agree with or he might say it wrong … we still respect his years of service and vision.”
In recent days, Romney said he was working with colleagues to help draft legislation to curb police brutality. While many Republicans have not wanted to comment on his criticism of Trump, they have argued that Romney has emerged as a legislative partner.
“He is ready to engage in important issues affecting the country,” said Senator Tim Scott, a South Carolina Republican leading the effort to reform the police. “We should welcome every senator who wants to be part of the solution. This is good news. I think self-awareness is also a good thing, but he is trying to make a difference, and I think that should be liked.”