Earlier this week, Trump posted some racist tweets. He does this every week, but this time they were targeted at four members of Congress: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley and Ilhan Omar.
All four are people of color. They’re also all American. Trump told them to go back to their countries to fix the corrupt governments there, neglecting to realize that they’re already working to fix that very corrupt government and implicitly self-owning himself in the process.
How folks are responding to the tweets acts as a sort of litmus test, revealing other (non-shocking) revelations of racism from countless politicians and others alike. The latest victim is one of Trump’s Republican critics, Mitt Romney.
The Utah senator was confronted by Alison King, a reporter for NBC Boston. In a tweet, King writes that Romney’s response to a question on the tweets was, “I certainly feel a number of these new members of Congress have views that are not consistent with my experience and not consistent with building a strong America.” That’s hollow Republican hand-waving jargon that suggests that Romney thinks that Trump has a point.
When explicitly asked if Trump is a racist, Romney refuses to answer and books it. Watch:
The video is … not a good look. And despite Romney’s critical takes on Trump, it’s not a surprise, given the Senator’s voting record. Naturally, responses to the video are filled with references to Romney being utterly spineless and caving to Republican party lines. Here are a few choice selections:
Jonathan M. Katz, meanwhile, asks the real question:
This is not the first time Romney has shown his spinelessness. It won’t be his last.