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Mitt Romney has some constructive criticism for Trump after Charlottesville

‘This is a defining moment for President Trump,’ 2012 Republican presidential nominee says

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Mitt Romney, left, says President Trump should state “unequivocally” that racists are to blame for the violence in Charlottesville.

Mr. President, apologize.

That’s what the Republican Party’s 2012 presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, says President Donald Trump should do in the wake of his responses to the violence in Charlottesville, Va. After angering both the left and the right with his comments that “both sides” were to blame, Romney says Trump should state there is “no conceivable comparison or moral equivalency” between Nazis and counterprotesters.

‘He should address the American people, acknowledge that he was wrong, apologize. State forcefully and unequivocally that racists are 100% to blame for the murder and violence in Charlottesville.’

Mitt Romney

Romney gave his advice to Trump in a Facebook post on Friday.

The advice comes from a man with whom Trump has clashed, yet later considered for secretary of state. During the campaign, Romney fiercely criticized Trump, calling him a “phony.” Trump publicly reminded Romney that he asked for Trump’s endorsement in 2012 and ripped Romney as a “stone-cold loser.”

After Trump won the White House, Romney and Trump met twice in person and spoke by phone. But Romney reportedly declined to apologize for his criticism and was passed over for the top diplomat’s job, which went to Rex Tillerson.

Romney’s is the latest statement from a fellow Republican concerning Trump’s Charlottesville reaction. On Thursday, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, a Tennesee Republican, said Trump hadn’t yet demonstrated “some of the competence” he needs to be successful in office.

Read: Sen. Corker says Trump hasn’t yet shown ‘stability’ to be successful.

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