WASHINGTON — Utah Sen. Mitt Romney was seen marching the streets with roughly 1,000 Christians in a faith-based demonstration Sunday, according to photos posted on the senator’s Twitter.
The large group marched in silence along the highways of D.C. toward the White House, recalling the Selma Marches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1965, according to tweets by Hannah Natanson of the Washington Post. The march was organized by local pastors to protest the death of George Floyd.
.@MittRomney is marching with a group of nearly 1,000 Christians to the White House. Here he is on video saying why he’s walking: “… to make sure that people understand that Black Lives Matter” https://t.co/KCxJNchCMs pic.twitter.com/Za0Am2WL8g
— Hannah Natanson (@hannah_natanson) June 7, 2020
Sen. Romney is seen on video telling reporters he was marching “to make sure that people understand that Black Lives Matter.”
He later posted photos of himself among the crowds at the protests, with the caption, “Black Lives Matter.’
Black Lives Matter. pic.twitter.com/JpXUFlxH2J
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) June 7, 2020
The senator had taken to Twitter over the past week to speak out for civil rights, calling the death of Floyd “abhorrent.” Sen. Romney championed the idea of peaceful protests, saying they “underscore the urgency of addressing injustices.”
However, violence only drowns it out, he tweeted.
Sen. Romney posted a photo on Twitter Saturday of his father, George Romney, marching in the Detroit suburbs in the late 1960s.
This is my father, George Romney, participating in a Civil Rights march in the Detroit suburbs during the late 1960s—“Force alone will not eliminate riots,” he said. “We must eliminate the problems from which they stem.” pic.twitter.com/SzrcAyfPD8
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) June 6, 2020
In several photos posted online Sunday, the senator was seen in a similar setting — although Sen. Romney was wearing masks, along with protesters around him, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. But the sentiment remained the same.
The senator marched among the mostly-evangelical group, with protesters chanting, “Black lives matter!” and singing “This Little Light of Mine.”
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