GOP Sen. Mitt Romney (Utah) joined a group of around 1,000 Christians marching toward the White House on Sunday.
Asked by an NBC News reporter why it was important for him to be out protesting, Romney said: “We need a voice against racism, we need many voices against racism and against brutality. And we need to stand up and say that black lives matter.”
A Republican senator has finally said "Black lives matter." https://t.co/VTA9KDFDL8
— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) June 7, 2020
Video on social media showed the group singing “Amazing Grace” as they approached the White House.
— Hannah Natanson (@hannah_natanson) June 7, 2020
The march was organized by D.C.-area evangelical pastors to protest racism in the wake of George Floyd’s death, reports MarketWatch.
Romney, a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, may be the highest-profile GOP lawmaker yet to take part in the protests, which have now entered their 13th day.
Romney shared photos from the protest and wrote in a Tweet: “Black Lives Matter.”
Black Lives Matter. pic.twitter.com/JpXUFlxH2J
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) June 7, 2020
On Saturday, Romney shared a tweet showing his father, George Romney — at the time a Michigan governor — on a civil rights march in the 1960s, along with a quote from the elder Romney: “Force alone will not eliminate riots. We must eliminate the problems from which they stem.”
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