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Mitt Romney joins protesters on Sunday

Sen. Mitt Romney became the first Republican senator to join in with the Black Lives Matter protests in Washington over the weekend.

The Utah senator posted a selfie wearing a face mask among a crowd of more than 1,000 people. He captioned his post: “Black Lives Matter.” 

Romney told the Washington Post that he was protesting “to make sure that people understand that black lives matter.”

The march that Romney joined on Sunday was organized by Christian churches in the Washington area. On Monday, he told reporters that is was a privilege to join Christian marchers.

“If there is injustice, we want to correct that. If there is prejudice, we want to change that,” Romney said.

On May 28, Romney tweeted, “No Americans should fear enmity and harm from those sworn to protect us. The death of George Floyd must not be in vain: Our shock and outrage must grow into collective determination to extinguish forever such racist abuse.”

The 2012 Republican presidential nominee has mostly received praise for his involvement with the protests including from his colleague California Sen. Kamala Harris who applauded Romney and said we need to see more bipartisanship.

President Trump took a stab at Romney for participating in Sunday’s protest. 

“Tremendous sincerity, what a guy. Hard to believe, with this kind of political talent, his numbers would ‘tank’ so badly in Utah!” Trump tweeted on Monday. 

Perrin Rogers, pastor of The Triumphant Church told the Associated Press that he found Romney’s involvement encouraging and surprising.

“I’m grateful to anyone that wants to join in, particularly because of this distinctively Christian response to racial injustice,” Rogers said. “I’m hopeful that his presence is not just one for him to have a nice tweet or something like that online, but that it would lead to change in places it should really change, which is legislation.”

Romney says he has been speaking with other Republican senators recently in hopes of drafting a police reform bill that can win bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress. He said he maintains that the great majority of law enforcement officers are unbiased in their work.

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