Mitt Romney on Charlottesville violence: ‘Not supremacy, barbarism’

People fly into the air as a vehicle drives into a group of protesters demonstrating against a white nationalist rally Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia. Ryan M. Kelly / The Daily Progress via AP

Mitt Romney seems to reserve some of his strongest language for condemning white nationalism.

Following the violence Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia — during which a car plowed into a crowd of peaceful counter-protesters — the former Massachusetts governor called out what he said was an ideology of barbarism, rather than white supremacy.

Romney did not comment on the President Donald Trump’s condemnation of violence on “many sides.”

‘‘We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides, on many sides,” said the president.

In February 2016, Romney called Trump’s response to the endorsement from former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke “disgusting & disqualifying.”

Massachusetts’s current elected leaders also condemned white nationalism in the wake of the violence.

“Hatred & bigotry have no place here,” tweeted Republican Gov. Charlie Baker.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren reacted with shock to the violence and called on Trump to recognize white supremacy for what it is.

“When there’s evil, we all need to say it. Especially our President,” the Democratic senator.

“It is one side – white nationalists,” Sen. Ed Markey said, commenting on Trump’s “many sides” criticism.

Rep. Seth Moulton also urged Trump to clearly side against white nationalists, many of whom have cited the president as inspiration.

“I spent 4 tours in Iraq fighting terror overseas,” tweeted the Salem Democrat and Marine Corps veteran. “We need to oppose it even more strongly here at home.”