“Well, obviously that wasn’t the focus of his rhetoric, and I think it’s a big human tragedy, no question,” Romney told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on The Situation Room when asked where Trump’s leadership is in the president’s focus. on other issues amid a worsening pandemic.
“Extraordinary loss of life is heartbreaking – and unnecessary in some ways. Not in all respects, but individually, we have eased our standards,” added Romney, who represents Utah. “Some states did not have mask mandates, and from Washington we did not have a permanent, consistent plan and request that people wear masks, take all measures at a social distance that would reduce the spread of the disease.”
“It’s unfortunate that this has become a political issue. It’s not political,” Senator Blitzer told him. “It’s public health, and unfortunately we haven’t made that message clear enough to the American people, and people are dying because of it.”
Asked by Blitzer whether the resistance of some Republican governors to introducing health and safety measures could cost a life, Romney said he thought so and called their inaction unacceptable.
“Well, it’s not an issue unless you take it very, very seriously and communicate that it’s not a political issue, it’s not a matter of freedom, it’s a matter of security and public health,” he said. “And there are people who are very, very sick, there are many in the hospital. We have people who are dead and dying – that’s unacceptable.”