Trump isolated as Mitt Romney demands Charlottesville apology, black GOP senator says his ‘moral authority is compromised’ and Newt Gingrich sounds alarm over the future of his presidency

Friday, August 18, 2017
By Paul Martin

Romney said Trump must apologize for equating neo-Nazis with leftist counter-protesters following deadly Charlottesville, Virginia clashes
Newt Gingrich tells Fox News that Trump is ‘much more isolated than he realizes’
Lone black Republican senator warns Trump’s ‘moral authority is compromised’
Senate majority leader backs Sen. Jeff Flake, whom Trump had blasted Thursday

By David Martosko, US Political Editor
18 August 2017

The Republican Party’s collective response to Donald Trump’s handling of the Charlottesville race riots turned uglier on Friday.

Mitt Romney, the failed 2012 GOP presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor whom Trump has bashed relentlessly for more than two years, lashed out against him on Facebook for what he said was a hamfisted message during Tuesday’s press conference – and demanded a full-throated apology from the president.

Trump on Monday firmly condemned neo-Nazis and white supremacists whose violence over the weekend in Virginia led to three deaths. But a day later he equivocated, saying ‘both sides’ of the clashes there deserved blame, including leftist counter-protesters.

The resulting uproar has seen Trump isolated from others in his party and led to mass resignations from his business advisory boards and a major arts and humanities council.

‘The president must take remedial action in the extreme,’ Romney wrote on Friday. ‘He should address the American people, acknowledge that he was wrong, apologize. State forcefully and unequivocally that racists are 100% to blame for the murder and violence in Charlottesville.’

‘Testify that there is no conceivable comparison or moral equivalency between the Nazis–who brutally murdered millions of Jews and who hundreds of thousands of Americans gave their lives to defeat–and the counter-protestors who were outraged to see fools parading the Nazi flag, Nazi armband and Nazi salute.

‘And once and for all, he must definitively repudiate the support of David Duke and his ilk and call for every American to banish racists and haters from any and every association.’

Public comments on the Facebook post ran nearly universally against Romney on Friday, with Trump supporters writing they were ‘disappointed’ and that they had ‘lost all respect’ for him.

Trump’s remoteness from the rest of the GOP has become so severe that former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, a longtime ally of the president’s, sounded a loud alarm Friday morning.

‘I think he’s in a position right now where he’s much more isolated than he realizes,’ Gingrich said in a Fox News Channel interview.

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