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Romney blasts Trump for America's 'vile, hate-filled' politics

New York, New York - Republican Senator Mitt Romney lamented the state of American politics and put the blame largely on President Donald Trump in a statement addressed to no one in particular that he posted to his Twitter account.

Senator Mitt Romney wearing a mask while speaking to reporters in Washington.
Senator Mitt Romney wearing a mask while speaking to reporters in Washington.  © Susan Walsh/AP/dpa

"I have stayed quiet with the approach of the election," said Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee. "But I'm troubled by our politics, as it has moved away from spirited debate to a vile, vituperative, hate-filled morass that is unbecoming of any free nation - let alone the birthplace of modern democracy."

Romney then went on to list some of Trump's many clashes with political opponent in which he resorted to personal insults and extreme language.

"The president calls the Democratic vice presidential candidate 'a monster'; he repeatedly labels the speaker of the House 'crazy'; he calls for the Justice Department to put the prior president in jail; he attacks the governor of Michigan on the very day a plot is discovered to kidnap her."

The Utah politician also argues that it's not just the president who has added to the breakdown in civility. Romney singled out Keith Olbermann, a broadcaster who was a regular host on MSNBC between 2003 and 2011, but who recently created an anti-Trump YouTube channel called The Resistance, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in his remarks.

Pelosi "tears up the president's State of the Union speech on national television," Romney said. "Keith Olbermann calls the president a 'terrorist.' Media on the left and right amplify all of it."

"The world is watching America with abject horror; more consequentially, our children are watching," Romney continued. "Many Americans are frightened for our country - so divided, so angry, so mean, so violent."

"It is time to lower the heat," Romney added. "Leaders must tone it down. Leaders from the top and leaders of all stripes: Parents, bosses, reporters, columnists, professors, union chiefs, everyone. The consequence of the crescendo of anger leads to a very bad place. No sane person can want that."

Romney's previous public comments indicated he would attempt to cool things down by voting in favor of confirming Amy Coney Barrett, the Supreme Court nominee put forth by a president he very much dislikes.

Cover photo: Susan Walsh/AP/dpa

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