Mitt Romney becomes first Republican senator to join protests

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President Donald Trump took a dig at Sen.

Trump had declared himself "your president of law and order" as peaceful protesters just outside the White House gates were dispersed with gas, flash bangs and rubber bullets, after which Trump visited a nearby church. "And we need to stand up and say 'black lives matter, '" said Romney, who has a 52 percent approval rating in Utah.

Also over the weekend, Romney tweeted a photo of his father during the late 1960s, who at the time was the governor of MI, marching with civil rights protesters.

Romney told The Washington Post that he wanted to find 'a way to end violence and brutality, and to make sure that people understand that black lives matter'.

Floyd was killed on May 25 when a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd's neck for more than eight minutes.

For a caption, Romney wrote, "Black Lives Matter".

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Trump shared a video of the Utah Republican marching with protesters in Washington D.C. over the weekend.

Romney took to Twitter to post two pictures, one a selfie showing him in the foreground and protesters behind him, and another taken by someone else showing the senator, wearing a mask and checkered, light-colored dress shirt, walking amidst the protesters. "'We must eliminate the problems from which they stem, '" he tweeted.

Romney, who refused to vote for Trump in 2016, will not support his re-election this year, according to The New York Times.

No Americans should fear enmity and harm from those sworn to protect us.

"Our shock and outrage must grow into collective determination to extinguish forever such racist abuse", Romney stated.

Joining the evangelical group was "spontaneous", the aide said, adding that Romney was in DC and meant to march Sunday.

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