Leveraged-buyout billionaire Mitt Romney appealed to the frustrations of the #NeverTrump clique Friday at his exclusive anti-Trump retreat in the Utah mountains.
“I don’t want to see trickle-down racism” Romney told CNN. “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.”
Romney is hosting the conference at the Stein Erickson Lodge Deer Valley in Park City, with about 300 guests including pro-immigration activist Ana Navarro, who told The Washington Post, “I am not expecting we will sit by the campfire singing ‘We Shall Overcome’ and group-hugging. Mitt Romney and other like-minded leaders can have a big influence on the reconstruction of the post-Trump Republican Party. We need to start those conversations now.”
Romney famously alienated large cross-sections of the American public during his failed 2012 presidential run, in which he insulted 47 percent of his countrymen, challenged a primary opponent to a ten-thousand dollar bet, spoke of evaluating “binders full of women” when hiring people, and in general came across as indifferent to and unaware of the concerns of lower-class Americans.
Various #NeverTrump commentators and fading consultants, chastened by their primary defeat, have accused Trump supporters of being racists or misogynists, sounding much like the left-wing social justice warriors that they claim to oppose.
Ryan & GOP leaders supporting Trump are giving credence to Dem claims that the GOP is racist. GOP can't survive this https://t.co/vp5SQRXVGS
— Cheri Jacobus (@CheriJacobus) June 9, 2016