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. Greg Glasson

    The slur is deplorable and he should be fired regardless. But that aside, how is this out of touch old man still holding a commissioner status position at 82 years old? And why does the town allow it?

    May 19, 2014 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  2. kven

    It is sad to think that a police commissioner (who should represent all people) would even put the word in his vocabulary. It is okay to not like the president, but it is not okay, especially as a representative to your community to use racial slurs against him. Nor do I think in his position that he should even be spouting off his political thoughts in public, unless he remains neutral, as I say again, he is there to serve people of the public who are from all backgrounds and political affiliations. It is very clear they have a police commissioner who does not possess much wisdom. He should resign because it is abundantly clear he is not there to serve all people.

    May 19, 2014 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  3. I shat u not

    Romney the great is right. We should listen to him because he is a leader of the white tribe. Oh yes, i forgot, he couldn't even win the last election despite the billions spent by the 1%.

    May 19, 2014 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  4. Eagle1

    I never heard Jesse Jackson apoligize or resign from anything when he called Obama the "N" word during a time when he thought the microphone was turned off! Jesse and Rev Al ar two of the biggest racist in America. The sad thing is that they make a living off it! I think the Chief should apoligize and resign also. Just a thought about Jesse and Rev Al........

    May 19, 2014 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  5. Al

    Obama has not apologized to anyone that he's spoken bad about, well he's made his world apology, but that was not to any U.S. citizen that Obama and his words have spoken bad about. So, this guy does not need to provide any apology to someone like Obama, not today and not in the future.

    May 19, 2014 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  6. mc_hale

    Hopefully, these kind of Americans will die off soon and the nation can move forward.

    May 19, 2014 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  7. Gabrielle

    I'm actually glad that he won't apologize. It annoys me when people say what they truly feel and only apologize because they are forced to do so. Granted he is a bigot and is not fit to hold a public office with those views, but least he sticks by what he feels. People want to harp on the 1st Amendment, but the government isn't prohibiting him from saying what he wants. The 1st Amendment does not mean that you are free from consequences if your speech incites hate and intolerance. People will respond, and they have every right to do so.

    May 19, 2014 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  8. The Republican Party Is Dead To Me

    Either apologize, or leave. How about just leave.

    May 19, 2014 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  9. Beth

    Sir, no need to make it personal. Lazy, weak, ineffective, narcissistic, can say those.

    May 19, 2014 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  10. Tony

    In this day of blind hatred and bigotry from the GOP, exposed like a cancer in the light of our black president, Romney stands out as one of the better men the GOP has. He's no saint, but at least he's figured out some manners and decency and a little common sense, which is more than most GOP personnel can have said about them these days.

    May 19, 2014 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  11. MichaelF

    didn't take long for someone to scream free speech and that they are ok with it.. amazing..

    May 19, 2014 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  12. The REAL Truth...

    @liberal disease – after everything Obama and his minions said about Mitt during the campaign he still has the class to do something like this We have the wrong guy in the Presidents office...
    and the IQ level displayed doesn't have the brains to figure out that this is Mitt trying to stay relevant. We have the right guy in the WH.. we have the wrong people running the House tho'.

    May 19, 2014 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  13. NavyVet

    If i had a nickel for every time I heard a white person use the N word in the last year petaining to Obama.....Id be a millionaire.

    May 19, 2014 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  14. Reality

    Mitt Romney has shown admirable class and decency here. May all the residents of Wolfeboro follow his lead and show Copeland the door.

    May 19, 2014 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  15. Whereisthemiddle?

    If only the "now Mitt" was the "running Mitt." The tea party (see radical right) cost him an election.

    May 19, 2014 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  16. Bob

    Still waiting for Mitt Romney to apologize to the millions of working Americans that he called moochers with his 47% remark.

    May 19, 2014 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  17. roger m

    At 82 he is out of touch with the mainstream and doesn't realize that the time for the use of such words has past. Indeed it is time for this NH police commissioner to retire.

    May 19, 2014 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  18. Engineer in Raleigh

    Does anyone honestly believe Romney would do this if someone like Palin had said this? She has said things that are arguably worse, like associating the president with terrorists.

    Romney is a coward. He's scoring political points by beating up on a little guy. But he happens to be correct, so we should give him a cookie?

    May 19, 2014 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  19. Roscoe Chait

    Before I clicked on the article, I was trying to figure out which one of the many racial slurs against Obama that Romney is asking for an apology.

    May 19, 2014 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  20. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    People blacks don't just call other blacks the Enn word. They call everyone it. When blacks say it it's not meant to demean. Also it ends in a not er. It's a huge difference. My question is why do so many melanin challenged individuals want to say it? Because you believe in it's original meaning that's why.

    May 19, 2014 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  21. rufus

    There are plenty of bad things one can say about Obama (and they are all true) but this is not one of them. Reducing cirticism to this level is exactly what his supporters like, as it tends to suggest that anyone who disagrees with Obama must be a racist.

    May 19, 2014 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  22. sheshie

    Is someone's feelings hurt again this morning? Who cares? Move on please.

    May 19, 2014 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  23. Bob

    I don't see what the big deal is. Jay Z uses that word all the time. Got rich off using that word. And Obama invites him to his inauguration."

    It's called context, intent and meaning.

    May 19, 2014 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  24. Freedomofspeech

    The guy has the right to say what he wants.

    May 19, 2014 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  25. JohnRJohnson

    It's one thing for a private citizen or a basketball team owner to say such despicable things, but it's quite another for a member of law enforcement to do so. The man is unfit for public service in the 21st century. He probably would have received a promotion in the 19th century, but this ain't that.

    May 19, 2014 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
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