Former Bay State Gov. Mitt Romney joined other GOP officials—and some fellow residents—in calling for the resignation of a white Wolfeboro, N.H. police commissioner who admitted calling Pres. Barack Obama “that f-----g n----r.”
Romney, who owns a home in the Lake Winnipesaukee resort town, told the Boston Herald that Commissioner Robert Copeland “should apologize and resign” for his use of the slur against his one-time campaign opponent.
“The vile epithet used and confirmed by the commissioner has no place in our community,” he wrote in a prepared statement.
Copeland was overheard making the remark in a restaurant by resident Jane O’Toole, who reportedly confronted the commissioner and later complained to town officials.
Since then, the condemnations have piled on: N.H. Senate Majority Leader, Republican Jeb Bradley, also called on Copeland to “apologize for the remarks he made” and later personally reached out to the commissioner to encourage his resignation.
Last Friday, the town’s select board and town manager made similar public announcements, too.
The editorial boards of The Concord Monitor, Nashua Telegraph and even Union Leader—who called the remarks “incredibly stupid” and “insensitive,” adding that Copeland should “be ashamed”—all had harsh words for the town’s top cop.
“We should never lose our capacity for outrage when stupidity and racism manifest themselves,” The Berkshire Eagle also editorialized.
For his part, the 82-year-old Copeland has only doubled down on his remarks in the controversy’s wake, telling the Associated Press “I believe I did use the ‘N’ word in reference to the current occupant of the Whitehouse [sic]. For this, I do not apologize — he meets and exceeds my criteria for such.”
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