Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves Mitt Romney and Black Lives Matter Protest.
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) on Sunday became the first Republican senator known to march in one of D.C.’s anti racism demonstrations following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis nearly two weeks ago.
Wearing a mask and garnering little overt notice from fellow protesters, the former presidential nominee marched alongside hundreds of evangelicals in a crowd that eventually swelled to more than 1,000 demonstrators.
Romney said in an interview that he wanted to find “a way to end violence and brutality, and to make sure that people understand that black lives matter.”
Organizers said they did not know that Romney planned to attend until they saw him. Romney said that he attended the Christians’ rally before the march. There, Rev. Thabiti Anyabwile, pastor of the Anacostia River Church, called for “fighting systemic injustice and being for personal responsibility.”
“We don’t have to settle for half the coin,” Anyabwile said. “We’re Democrats and Republicans.”
Romney marched quietly amid the hundreds of Christians streaming toward the White House, stationing himself toward the front of the column and directly in its center. He wore a white checkered button-down shirt tucked into dark jeans and a large white N95 mask that almost fully obscured his face.
No one pointed or whispered, and people seemed too busy chanting and singing to ask for a photo, the way other senators had been approached in crowds.
On Saturday, as more than 10,000 people crammed into D.C. streets for protests, Romney tweeted about his father, former Michigan governor George W. Romney. While in office, Romney’s father marched in civil rights demonstrations outside Detroit in the late 1960s.