Former governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney is continuing his crusade against Donald Trump. After Trump’s first Super Tuesday win, Romney made a speech calling Trump a “phony” and “a fraud.” In May, he also demanded that the nominee release his tax returns because Romney believed such a refusal undermines Trump’s own integrity. Now Romney has given an interview to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, saying that the business mogul will bring “trickle-down racism” to America.
In a clip from the interview above, Romney says that Trump winning the White House will further legitimize racism and sexism:
“I don’t want to see trickle-down racism. I don’t want to see a president of the United States saying things, which change the character of the generations of Americans that are following. Presidents have an impact on the nature of our nation, and trickle-down racism, trickle-down bigotry, and trickle-down misogyny — all of these things are extraordinarily dangerous to the heart and character of America.”
According to an online CNN article about the interview, Trump tweeted about Romney, saying that he “choked like a dog” while running for president, and that Trump himself is “the least racist person that you’ve ever seen.”
And Trump, of course, has black friends:
No doubt Romney has launched this latest attack because Trump went after Mexican-American Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is presiding over the Trump University lawsuit, and his repeatedly referring to Senator Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas.” Romney’s fear is that a president making explicitly racist comments like these will legitimize other Americans to say stuff like this. That seems like a sensible reason to not want someone in the White House.