Romney: Bigots and those fighting hate are 'not the same'

Mitt Romney fired back at President Trump for saying “both sides” were responsible for violence at a white supremacist rally over the weekend, claiming that the two clashing groups were from “morally different universes.”

“No, not the same. One side is racist, bigoted, Nazi. The other opposes racism and bigotry. Morally different universes,” Romney tweeted Tuesday.

 

Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts and the GOP's 2012 presidential nominee, was responding to Trump’s comments Tuesday that “both sides” were to blame for the violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday.

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Trump drew fire for saying Saturday that "many sides" were to blame for the violence at the rally. One woman was killed and more than a dozen others injured after a man drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters at the rally.

Trump defended his slow response to condemn white supremacists, saying he wanted to “know the facts” before making the statement.

"I will tell you something. I watched those very closely, much more closely than you people watched it,” Trump said on Tuesday.

“And you had a group on one side that was bad, and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent. And nobody wants to say that. But I'll say it right now. You had a group on the other side that came charging in without a permit, and they were very, very violent.”