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Romney Errs

President Trump is getting a lot of criticism for his response to Charlottesville, and he deserves, oh, 90 percent of it. (He still has not called Heather Heyer’s family.) His comment yesterday about the “very fine people” who marched on Friday was appalling: These weren’t people who merely wanted to undo the city’s decision to take down a statue of Robert E. Lee; they were people who chanted against Jews. I’m glad a lot of Republicans are criticizing Trump over these issues. It is extremely easy to do that without defending violent hard-Left protestors. Mitt Romney, unfortunately, chose a different path.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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