On Aug. 18, Mitt Romney demanded President Donald Trump apologize over his statements regarding the deadly protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.
"The president must take remedial action in the extreme," Romney penned on Facebook. "He should address the American people, acknowledge that he was wrong, apologize."
Romney went further, arguing Trump must "state forcefully and unequivocally that racists are 100% to blame for the murder and violence in Charlottesville."
"[He must] 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-protesters who were outraged to see fools parading the Nazi flag, Nazi armband and Nazi salute," Romney added, also calling on Trump to finally must also "repudiate the support of David Duke" and his "ilk."
If Trump fails to do so, the president would "commence an unraveling of our national fabric" while also jeopardizing America's security.
"Our allies around the world are stunned and our enemies celebrate; America's ability to help secure a peaceful and prosperous world is diminished," Romney explained. "And who would want to come to the aid of a country they perceive as racist if ever the need were to arise, as it did after 9/11?"
"This is a defining moment for President Trump," the post continues. "But much more than that, it is a moment that will define America in the hearts of our children. They are watching, our soldiers are watching, the world is watching. Mr. President, act now for the good of the country."
Until now, Romney, once a contender for secretary of state, kept his opinions on the president to himself since Trump took office.
Only a few months before Trump won the election, Romney was vocal in his opposition to the then-candidate's rhetoric.
"I don’t want to see trickle-down racism," Romney said in June 2016 while explaining why he did not support Trump, CNN reports. "I don’t want to see a president of the United States saying things which change the character of the generations of Americans that are following. Presidents have an impact on the nature of our nation. And trickle-down racism, trickle-down bigotry, trickle-down misogyny -- all of these things are extraordinarily dangerous to the heart and character of America."
Romney is just one of many Republicans publicly speaking out against against Trump's Charlottesville stance.
"The #WhiteSupremacy groups will see being assigned only 50% of blame as a win," Sen. Marco Rubio said on Twitter. "We can not allow this old evil to be resurrected."