May 18th, 2014
06:18 PM ET
4 years ago

Romney calls for NH police commissioner to apologize, resign for Obama slur

(CNN) - Mitt Romney is calling on a police commissioner to apologize and resign after using the N-word to describe President Obama

"The vile epithet used and confirmed by the commissioner has no place in our community: He should apologize and resign,” Romney said Sunday in a statement provided to CNN.

Robert Copeland, 82, is the police commissioner in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire - where Romney owns a home and spends a lot of time.

On Thursday evening Copeland refused to apologize at a town meeting for using the term.

The Boston Herald first reported Romney's statement.

Filed under: Mitt Romney • New Hampshire • President Obama
soundoff (500 Responses)
  1. aginghippy

    How rich is it that Romney, of all people, should be outraged over the President being disrespected. The entire Republican Party has engaged in an organized character assassination of Obama, including everything from questioning his citizenship, to insinuating he is a Muslim t e r r o r is t. They have blocked every effort made by the president, even initiatives which serve their own interests. The police commissioner is an open racist. Romney and company are simply more adept at disguising their racism as political differences.

    May 19, 2014 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  2. Billy Joe Jim Bob

    A 'vile epithet' – the word used daily by those who are supposed to be offended by it. Hypocrisy abounds.

    May 19, 2014 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  3. rl

    Willard is absolutely correct. Even though we have the first amendment in this country it is not a free pass to call people names. Willard is so far the first and only promentent repub to wish his fellow repubs had some civility. This is why they are rapidly becoming the party of irresponsibility and may very well buck tradition and lost the House and lose seats in the Senate. The only reason they may not in the Senate is that there more Democratic seats that are empty due to retirement and more in play.

    May 19, 2014 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  4. Barbara

    Thank you Mitt Romney for standing up for your president – political party aside. Mr. Copeland should resign. His old way of thinking is no longer welcome.

    May 19, 2014 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  5. Hogan's Goat

    Yeah, tell us some more how it's his "policies" you don't like. At least this Republican is honest about it.

    May 19, 2014 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  6. rude

    ...or he should use other words like, Muslim, terrorist, Kenyan, raised in Madrassa, non-citizen.,,, and criticizing him for using white man's privilege is allowed too, uses teleprompter, goes on vacation, uses executive orders, gets gov sponsored security...ANyway, sounds like Mitt wants to run again- with all psychos in the GOP, he's the sanest one around.

    May 19, 2014 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  7. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    This BIGOT needs to be put in a nursing home for dementia and is probably a danger to the community. This clown is an embarrassment to ALL 80 year olds. The WORST of America .

    May 19, 2014 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  8. Chuk

    That old hag should have been long gone. Did he forget that retirement age is 65? Give younger people a chance to serve rather than maintain the old tired lines of thinking. Who in their right mind, if they need police service, would think an 82 year old hag can be an effective police officer? Time to go. NOW.

    May 19, 2014 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  9. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    This BIGOT should be FIRED !!!

    May 19, 2014 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  10. MEW

    Romney has some decency – no matter how hard he tried to hide it to please the tea baggers! And the NH idiot proves once again – there's no fool like an old bigoted fool!

    May 19, 2014 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  11. Yankee

    And We should care about what Romney says why?

    May 19, 2014 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  12. Ken

    What a sickning comment to make. This old biddy needs to just go away and never show himself again. That old school retoric is a thing of the past. So....."Commissioner you're an embarrassment to all American's, resign or get fired!"

    May 19, 2014 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  13. Barbara Price

    The comment does not surprise me at all. Most of the White population still believe that African Americans have no place within society. The President has been the most disrespected President in our country. The Commissioner still has the racist mentally and will always be. He is a sorry person for not growing with the times we live in. But God will have the last say. Accept the fact that African Americans can be Educated, live well and become the President of the United States. People Breed Racist and teach them the practice.

    May 19, 2014 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  14. joeazona

    two forward, one step back..

    May 19, 2014 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  15. mzfitz1215

    No he shouldn't, you should just mind your own business just like that busybody snooping O'Toole should've.

    May 19, 2014 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  16. TWiz1

    All I have to say about this article is that I am tired of the news coverage of all of the racist white people but the media falls silent whenever there is an icident involving racist african-americans. Yeah yeah I know definitionally they cannot be racist...only prejudiced or some nonsense like that...but to me there is no difference. We had a County Commissioner the other day accuse a fellow county commissioner of being a member of the KKK because he disagreed with views on a subject regarding latinos. She tried to say Latinos were not a minority, he disagreed, and she launched the KKK comment at him. No coverage at all...even locally it only made it to one station. If people really want to move past racism, then we need to STOP focusing all the attention on whites and start putting some images of blacks being racist back in their faces. On par I find black america far more racist than white...and like the police commissioner in the article above they are not secretive above it. In fact they often hold public offices like him and lodge racists allegations on the record with no "bones about it" as this guy so eloquently put it. Of course I think the media likes always makes for a juicy story. So they take the opnion of lets not fix the problem...lets feed the problem. Thanks to all you wonderful writers, reporters, and broadcasters...great job at making our country worse.

    May 19, 2014 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  17. RexCraigo

    Typical and expected behavior from old white bigots.

    Every day more of them are dying, making the world a better place.

    May 19, 2014 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  18. NoDoubleStandard

    The issue is not "Freedom of Speech." The issue is whether HE CAN DO HIS JOB FAIRLY IF HE HAS THOSE ATTITUDES.

    May 19, 2014 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  19. t2vodka

    Guess it doesn't matter what your education is or what office you hold, trash will always be trash.

    May 19, 2014 08:54 am at 8:54 am |

    No democrat will read this article...

    May 19, 2014 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  21. carre1

    What good are apologies? This racist guy is who he is and now everybody knows it.

    May 19, 2014 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  22. Gabriel

    Can't this man simply be forcibly removed from his position?

    May 19, 2014 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  23. James

    wow, Mitt I have some found respect all of a sudden not that it matters to you. still that was courageous in the conservative world.

    May 19, 2014 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  24. biggerballz

    wow, how is this guy not fired for this. This shouldn't even be a discussion, a police commissioner who uses that word obviously is biased.

    May 19, 2014 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  25. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    This guy isn't the only guy that feels or says these things. One need only look back at the Ticker articles over the weekend and read the comments for the articles about the Obama's and AG Holder. I on the other hand, couldn't get a comment through. It seems like hate sells.

    May 19, 2014 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
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