OPINION | Barry Richard: Romney Backs Antifa, BLM Over Trump
The obnoxiously self-righteous former Governor of Massachusetts, Republican Mitt Romney, has found it necessary to wade into the debate over President Donald Trump's take on the Charlottesville riot last weekend. But who cares? Romney was roundly rejected by the people of his own party, many of whom opted to give Barrack Obama a second term rather than vote for Romney for president in 2012.
Even though Trump has specifically called out white supremacist groups such as the Neo Nazi movement and the KKK, founded of course by the Democrat Party some years back, the MSM is convulsing over the fact that Trump believes so-called alt-left groups such as Antifa and Black Lives Matter share responsibility for the violence that occurred in Charlottesville on Saturday. That might be a logical conclusion to most people on this side of the looking glass since those folks showed up in Charlottesville armed to the teeth as well.
Not good enough for the media or apparently Romney either. To suggest somehow that the thugs on the left are as bad as the thugs on the right might be unfair and drift from the narrative that Trump is a racist and somehow responsible for what happened.
Romney, apparently discovering that there is something to all of this tweeting stuff that has been so successful for his rival Mr. Trump, decided to tweet his own little critique of the President's belief that both sides were responsible for the violence in Charlottesville;
"No, not the same." Tweeted Romney. " One side is racist, bigoted, Nazi. The other opposes racism and bigotry. Morally different universes."
So, I guess BLM chants of "Pigs in a blanket, fry em like bacon" were love calls to our men and women in blue. The tolerant Antifa, which set UC Berkley on fire rather than allow gay, conservative Milo Yiannopoulos speak there comes from a "morally different universe" than the KKK. Or, perhaps Mitt Romney, whose ferocious and vile attack on the character of Donald Trump was not enough to persuade voters to reject Trump's candidacy last year is just a bit bitter about it all.
The media concludes that by blaming both sides, that Trump is actually protecting the white supremacists. Therefore by rationalizing the violence by Antifa and BLM is not Romney and the media not doing the same for them?
Do not let the media and the politicians get away with these double standards. Hold them accountable.
Reject racism and hatred in all forms and from all sides of the political spectrum.
Editor's Note: Barry Richard is the afternoon host on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from Noon-3pm. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.