Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney didn't mince words when asked about Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar speaking at a white nationalist convention this weekend. CNN host Dana Bash asked Romney about a tweet by Liz Cheney, where she slammed Republican leadership for their silence on the matter:
Romney responded by stating the obvious about whether Republicans ought to be following the lead of these two idiots:
ROMNEY: Look, there's no place in either political party for this white nationalism or racism. It's simply wrong. It's -- it's -- as you have indicated, speaking of evil, it's evil as well.
And Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar, I don't know them, but I'm reminded of that old line from the "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" movie, where one character says: "Morons. I have got morons on my team."
And I have to think anybody that would sit down with white nationalists and speak at their conference was certainly missing a few I.Q. points.
Romney also slammed the pro-Putin sentiment we've been seeing from his party:
ROMNEY: Well, a lot of those people are changing their stripes as they're seeing the response of the world and the political response here in the U.S.
But how anybody, how anybody in this country, which loves freedom, can side with Vladimir Putin, which is an oppressor, a dictator -- he kills people. He imprisons his political opponents. He has been an adversary of America at every chance he's had.
It's unthinkable to me. It's almost treasonous. And it just makes me ill to see some of these people do that. But, of course, they do it because they think it's shock value, and it's going to get them more eyeballs, and maybe make a little more money for them or their network. It's disgusting.
And I'm hopeful that you're seeing some of those people recognize just how wrong they were.
But, not surprisingly, he did some tap dancing when it came to criticizing Trump.
BASH: Treasonous is a big word, so I just have to quickly follow up. Would that include the former president?
ROMNEY: Well, I said it's nearly treasonous.
There's -- standing up for freedom is the right thing to do in America. And anything less than that, in my opinion, is unworthy of American support.