Sen. Mitt Romney surprised his fellow Republicans while speaking at the America First Political Action Conference that ran in parallel to CPAC over the weekend.
According to The Washington Examiner, the Republican senator made an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday morning and went so far as to condemn CPAC, hurling some serious accusations.
“There’s no place in either political party for this white nationalism or racism. It’s simply wrong. It’s, as you’ve indicated, speaking of evil, it’s evil as well,” Romney told CNN’s Dana Bash.
The Utah lawmaker also particularly called out Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene from Georgia and Paul Gosar from Arizona.
“I don’t know them,” Romney said, referencing Greene and Gosar, “but I’m reminded of that old line from the Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid movie where one character says, ‘Morons, I’ve got morons on my team,'” Romney said, referencing his own religion.
“And I have to think anybody that would sit down with white nationalists and speak at their conference was certainly missing a few IQ points,” the former governor said.
“It’s unthinkable to me. It’s almost treasonous. And it just makes me ill to see some of these people do that.” – Sen. Mitt Romney reacts to pro-Putin sentiments from GOP members and some media outlets: https://t.co/S6ESuaj46b #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/ZPDC3bGMgI
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) February 27, 2022
“How anybody in this country, which loves freedom, can side with Vladimir Putin, which is an oppressor, a dictator, he kills people,” Romney told Bash.
“It’s unthinkable to me. It’s almost treasonous, and it just makes me ill to see some of these people do that, but, of course, they do it because they think it’s shock value, and it’s going to get them more eyeballs and maybe make a little more money for them or their network. It’s disgusting, and I’m hopeful that you’re seeing some of those people recognize just how wrong they were.”
“Standing up for freedom is the right thing to do in America, and anything less than that, in my opinion, is unworthy of American support,” Romney said.