Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) opted to march with protesters to the White House on Sunday, June 7, to demand justice for George Floyd following his death in the custody of Minneapolis police and ensure that Americans understand that “Black Lives Matter.”
The 2012 presidential candidate on Sunday evening, June 7, tweeted out some photos showing that he joined with a crowd along D.C. highways, adding, “Black Lives Matter.”
Black Lives Matter. pic.twitter.com/JpXUFlxH2J
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) June 7, 2020
Washington Post reporter Hannah Natanson said that a group of nearly 1,000 Christians marched through Washington, with Romney among them.
Romney, wearing a face covering, explained during the protest that he was walking “to make sure that people understand that Black Lives Matter.”
“We need a voice against racism. We need many voices against racism and against brutality,” Romney said. “We need to stand up and say black lives matter.”
.@MittRomney is marching with a group of nearly 1,000 Christians to the White House. Here he is on video saying why he’s walking: “… to make sure that people understand that Black Lives Matter” https://t.co/KCxJNchCMs pic.twitter.com/Za0Am2WL8g
— Hannah Natanson (@hannah_natanson) June 7, 2020
Romney joined to support the Black Lives Matter protest one day after he shared a photo of his father, former Michigan Gov. George Romney, participating in a Civil Rights march in the Detroit suburbs during the late 1960s.
The senator has written some tweets about the death of Floyd in recent days. Last week, he wrote, “No Americans should fear enmity and harm from those sworn to protect us. The death of George Floyd must not be in vain: Our shock and outrage must grow into collective determination to extinguish forever such racist abuse.”
Romney showed his solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protesters after The New York Times reported Saturday that he and some other establishment Republicans, including former President George W. Bush, will not support President Trump’s re-election bid.
The death of Floyd, a black man, who died after a white police officer in Minneapolis pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for almost 10 minutes, inspired protests in major cities and many of them turned violent, and President Trump has criticized those demonstrations.