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Mitt Romney rips Trump’s ‘trickle down racism, trickle down bigotry, trickle down misogyny’

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Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney slammed Donald Trump’s current run in no uncertain terms in an interview aired on Friday by CNN.

“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,” Romney told host Wolf Blitzer. “Presidents have an impact on the nature of our nation, and trickle-down racism, trickle-down bigotry, trickle-down misogyny, all these things are extraordinarily dangerous to the heart and character of America.”

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The former Massachusetts governor went so far as to say he would consider voting for the Libertarian candidate, Gary Johnson.

“If Bill Weld were at the top of the ticket, it would be very easy for me to vote for Bill Weld for president,” Romney said. “So I’ll get to know [Johnson] better and see if he’s someone who I could end up voting for. That’s something which I’ll evaluate over the coming weeks and months.”

However, Romney said that he would neither enter the race himself, or vote for Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic Party nominee.

“Isn’t that copping out of your responsibility?” Blitzer asked.

“My responsibility is to express to the American people what I believe is right about the potential nominee of the party,” Romney replied. “I did so very plainly and clearly, and the people who made the choice decided to go a different direction. That’s their right. But as an individual I simply can’t put my name down as someone who voted for principles that suggest racism or xenophobia, misogyny, bigotry, who’s been vulgar time and time again.”

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Watch footage from the interview, as aired on Friday, below.

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After Trump: No free pass for Republicans — they own this nightmare

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With the impeachment inquiry leveling up this month as public hearings begin, and with an election that might actually be the end of Donald Trump now less than a year away, the campaign to let Trump's Republican allies — even the most villainous offenders — move on and pretend this never happened is already underway.

This article first appeared in Salon.

Sadly, the clearest articulation of the let-bygones-be-bygones mentality has come from a Democrat — unsurprisingly, former Vice President Joe Biden.Biden, who is still, somehow, the frontrunner in Democratic primary polling, spoke at a chi-chi fundraiser on Wednesday, and dropped this pearl of wisdom: "With Donald Trump out of the way, you’re going to see a number of my Republican colleagues have an epiphany."

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As climate crisis-fueled fires rage, fears grow of an ‘uninhabitable’ California

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As activist Bill McKibben put it, "We've simply got to slow down the climate crisis."

With wildfires raging across California on Wednesday—and with portions of the state living under an unprecedented "Extreme Red Flag Warning" issued by the National Weather Service due to the severe conditions—some climate experts are openly wondering if this kind of harrowing "new normal" brought on by the climate crisis could make vast regions of the country entirely uninhabitable.

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‘A profound emoluments clause violation’: Andrew Napolitano slams Trump’s hosting the G7 at Doral

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In the wake of acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney's announcement this Thursday that next year's G7 summit will be hosted at President Trump's Doral golf club, Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano pointed out that Trump would be violating the emoluments clause if he were to go through with the move.

At the outset of the segment, Fox Business Network anchor Neil Cavuto said that the announcement is "effectively saying the president has given himself this contract."

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