A failed presidential candidate criticized peers for openly discussing white racial and national identity on Feb. 27.
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) called fellow Republicans dim-witted for attending the 2022 America First Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida.
“I am reminded of that old line from the ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’ movie where—where one character says, ‘Morons, I have got morons on my team,'” he said in a video shared on YouTube.
“I have to think anybody that would sit down with white nationalists and speak at their conference was certainly missing a few IQ points,” he added.
Romney described the annual conference as a racist, white nationalist event because some delegates think highly of Russian leaders despite the ongoing conflict with Ukraine.
“Look, there is no place in either political party for this white nationalism or racism—it is simply wrong, it is evil as well,” he said.
The remarks came after Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) openly criticized GOP Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.) and Paul Gosar (Ariz.) for speaking at the conference.
“As Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Rep. Paul Gosar speak at this white supremacist, anti-Semitic, pro-Putin event, silence by Republican Party leaders is deafening and enabling. All Americans should renounce this garbage and reject the Putin wing of the GOP now,” Cheney said on Twitter.
As Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene and Rep Paul Gosar speak at this white supremacist, anti-Semitic, pro-Putin event, silence by Republican Party leaders is deafening and enabling.— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) February 26, 2022
All Americans should renounce this garbage and reject the Putin wing of the GOP now. pic.twitter.com/6fgpV6ohZ8
Romney completely agreed with Cheney, even though he does not personally know Greene or Gosar.
“Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar, I do not know them,” he said.
“Liz Cheney was right with that statement, she has been right for a long time,” he added.