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June 8, 2020, 12:09 p.m. EDT

Mitt Romney marches in D.C.: ‘We need to stand up and say that black lives matter’

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By Mike Murphy


Reuters
Sen. Mitt Romney.

‘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.’

That’s Sen. Mitt Romney on Sunday, as he joined a group of around 1,000 Christians marching in Washington and was asked by an NBC News reporter why he thought it was important for him to be there.

Video on social media showed the group singing “Amazing Grace” as they approached the White House.

The march was organized by D.C.-area evangelical pastors to protest racism in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

Romney, a Utah Republican and frequent critic of President Donald Trump, may be the highest-profile GOP lawmaker yet to take part in the protests, which have been going on around the nation for nearly two weeks.

On Saturday, Romney posted 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.”

Trump on Monday quote tweeted a Washington Post journalist’s post, suggesting that Romney’s polling numbers are “tanking” in Utah — in reality, Romney’s approval rating has reportedly been climbing of late in the state he represents in the Senate :

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