Mitt Romney Expresses the Fears of Many

Via CNN:  Mitt Romney says Donald Trump will change America with ‘trickle-down racism’

“I don’t want to see trickle-down racism,” Romney said in an interview here in a suite overlooking the Wasatch Mountains, where he is hosting his yearly ideas conference. “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, trickle-down misogyny, all these things are extraordinarily dangerous to the heart and character of America.”

The piece contains Trump’s Tweeted responses, including citing Don King as a character reference (which I will let speak for itself).

At a minimum, I applaud Romney for giving very public voice to these concerns, and especially doing so from the vantage point of a conservative Republican.

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  1. Jen says:

    I applaud him for speaking up like this. He wasn’t my choice in 2012, but had the election gone that way I have no doubt the country would have been in safe hands.

    He has become, in many ways, the conscience of the Republican Party. More power to him.

  2. Moosebreath says:

    I agree with Romney — we see this already starting to happen, in events like this:

    “The three-second video shows two students carrying a Donald Trump campaign sign through a hallway at the school on Wednesday. A voice can be heard saying, “White Power.””