Mitt Romney takes part in protest supporting Black Lives Matter

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, joined demonstrators on Sunday marching to the White House in protest of George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police.

The protest consisted of about 1,000 demonstrators marching through Washington, D.C.

Asked why it was important for him to be present at the protest, Romney said, "We need a voice against racism, we need many voices against racism and against brutality."

"We need to stand up and say, 'Black lives matter,'" he added.

President Donald Trump has sharply and repeatedly criticized the demonstrations.

Romney had repeatedly tweeted on Floyd's death in recent days, and shared a photo of his father, former Michigan Gov. George Romney, marching in a civil rights demonstration in the late 1960s.

"No Americans should fear enmity and harm from those sworn to protect us," Romney tweeted last week. "The death of George Floyd must not be in vain: Our shock and outrage must grow into collective determination to extinguish forever such racist abuse."

Allan Smith reported from New York. Haley Talbot reported from Washington, D.C.