Mitt Romney invokes late father during the Civil Rights Movement amid protests

Mitt Romney invokes late father during the Civil Rights Movement amid protests

Republican Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneySenators scramble to save infrastructure deal Schumer urges GOP to ignore Trump: He's 'rooting for failure' Senate infrastructure talks on shaky grounds MORE (Utah) shared a photo on Saturday of his father, former Michigan Gov. George Romney (R), participating in a civil rights march in the suburbs of Detroit in the late 1960’s. 

Romney, who has been critical of President TrumpDonald TrumpCuban embassy in Paris attacked by gasoline bombs Trump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios Trump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race MORE’s use of force on protesters, shared a quote from his father: “Force alone will not eliminate riots. We must eliminate the problems from which they stem.”

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The Utah senator has been one of a few GOP lawmakers who have criticized the president over his handling of demonstrations protesting the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in Minneapolis police custody on May 25. 

“Peaceful protests underscore the urgency of addressing injustices. But violence drowns the message of the protestors and mocks the principles of justice,” Romney tweeted earlier this week. 

On Wednesday former Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Trump says Gen. Milley 'last person' he'd want to start a coup with Overnight Defense: Former Defense Secretary Rumsfeld dies at 88 | Trump calls on Milley to resign | House subpanel advances Pentagon spending bill MORE offered a blistering critique of President Trump as a divisive leader, which Romney said “was stunning and powerful.”

“He's an American patriot. He's an individual whose judgment I respect, and I think the world of him," Romney told reporters.

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Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiWhy Biden's Interior Department isn't shutting down oil and gas Biden signs bill to bolster crime victims fund Bipartisan group says it's still on track after setback on Senate floor MORE (R-Alaska), one of the caucus's most moderate members, told reporters on Thursday that she was "struggling" about the decision of whether or not to support Trump in the upcoming November election. 

The president later tweeted that he was going to campaign against her, saying he will endorse anyone with a pulse.