Washington • Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, said Monday that President Donald Trump's racist attacks on four Democratic minority members of Congress are "destructive" and "demeaning" and do not have the unifying rhetoric that appropriate to the nation is supreme office.
Rep. Ben McAdams, D-Utah, said Trump's tweet was "insulting and dignified".
Other members of the delegation from Utah? Silence.
"In the last few days there have been many flips of two different sides in Washington, but I want to make something very clear, namely that the President has a unique and noble vocation to unite the US American," Romney said on Monday afternoon to reporters in the Capitol.
"Calling on all people of different races, skin colors and nationalities to come together in a unified manner, and in this regard, the President has been hard to fail this weekend and so on. It is important that the President brings us together, and that does not happen. I know the rhetoric in Washington is hot, but my goodness, we expect more from the President. We expect the kind of leadership associated with the highest office in the country. "
Romney refused to say if he considered the tweet racist, but said he was "destructive, humiliating, disappointing and honestly very wrong.
McAdams, Utah's only Democrat in Congress, also sharply criticized the president, but did not speak out for racist comments.
"The Tweet of the President was offensive and under the dignity of his office. Divisions are wrong and distract us from our work for the American people, "said McAdams. "The more time we spend talking about offensive tweets from politicians, the less time we spend finding solutions. Our country is facing great challenges, and I will spend my time with the righteous political decision makers of both parties to find solutions.
A spokesman for Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, declined to comment on Monday.
Offices for Utah's other GOP members of Congress – MPs Rob Bishop, John Curtis and Chris Stewart – responded to requests for comments.
Former Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, who has been critical of Trump since then, has tweeted that it is the duty of his Republicans to stand up.
I've often said that Republicans were elected by the officials can not be expected to respond to any c award by the President, "wrote Flake." But there are Z The statements of the President are so heinous and insulting that it is for the Republicans to react and condemn. This is one of those times. "
The Republicans are in a tense situation. If they criticize the president, they could be seen as anti-trumps and hamper their own position in their conservative base. If they defend him, they can be viewed as sharing his views.
"It is a direct result of Trump's popularity in the GOP base," said Doug Heye, former Communications Director of the Republican National Committee, who is now a CNN commentator. "If you want to play Trump's game, you have to support him."
Romney spoke after Trump's fiery rhetoric against four members of the Democratic House who joined forces to push their party to the left.
The president tweeted on Sunday that the four women – whom he did not name – should return to the "totally destroyed and crime-prone places" from which they came.
The four women seemed to be Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New York, Rashida Tlaib from Michigan, Ilhan Omar from Minnesota and Ayanna Pressley from Massachusetts. Three of them were born in America and Omar is a naturalized citizen.
While Democrats and even some Republicans criticized Trump's statements, he did not yield.
"When will the congress women of the radical left apologize to our country, the people of Israel and even the office of president for the bad language they used and the terrible things they said. So many people are mad at her and her horrible and disgusting actions! "Trump tweeted.
When Trump appeared on Monday at an event billed as a celebration of American-made products, he pushed back to see if his comments were racist.
"Not at all," he said. "If someone has a problem with our country or does not want to be in our country, he should go."