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 RomneyRepublicans fear backlash over Trump's threatened veto on Confederate names Overnight Defense: Lawmakers demand answers on reported Russian bounties for US troops deaths in Afghanistan | Defense bill amendments target Germany withdrawal, Pentagon program giving weapons to police Senators aim to limit Trump's ability to remove troops from Germany 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 John TrumpSecret Service members who helped organize Pence Arizona trip test positive for COVID-19: report Trump administration planning pandemic office at the State Department: report Iran releases photo of damaged nuclear fuel production site: report 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 MattisTrump insulted UK's May, called Germany's Merkel 'stupid' in calls: report Mattis urges people to wear masks in PSA about 'nasty little virus' Dozens of GOP ex-national security officials to form group to back Biden: report MORE offered a blistering critique of President Trump as a divisive leader, which Romney said “was stunning and powerful.”

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

Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiSenators will have access to intelligence on Russian bounties on US troops Overnight Defense: Lawmakers demand answers on reported Russian bounties for US troops deaths in Afghanistan | Defense bill amendments target Germany withdrawal, Pentagon program giving weapons to police Senators push to limit transfer of military-grade equipment to police 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.