Senator Mitt Romney, R-Utah, said Tuesday he was sick of how “hideous” and “vituperative” American politics had become, and blamed President Donald Trump.
“I was silent about the upcoming ballot,” Romney said in a statement posted on Twitter. “But I am concerned about our policies as they have gone from being a lively debate to a hideous, vituperative, hateful morass that is unsuitable for any free nation – let alone the birthplace of modern democracy.”
“The president calls the Democratic vice presidential candidate“ a monster. ”He repeatedly calls the House Speaker“ crazy. ”He calls on the Justice Department to put the previous president in jail. He attacks the Michigan governor later on It a conspiracy is discovered to kidnap her, “Romney said of comments Trump made in Fox News interviews and on Twitter last week.
Romney then lamented comments and actions down the aisle, saying Democrats “launch blistering attacks on their own ̵
House Spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., “Tears up the president’s State of the Union address on national television,” Romney said. “Keith Olbermann calls the president a ‘terrorist’. Media left and right reinforce everything.”
The latter comment appeared to refer to comments that Olbermann, a former MSNBC and ESPN host, made days ago on his YouTube vlog, which he posted on Twitter.
“The rabid attacks spark the conspirators and the haters who take the small and predictable step from being moderate to acting dangerous,” said Romney. “The world watches America with bitter horror; consequently, our children watch. Many Americans fear for our country – so divided, so angry, so mean, so violent.”
“It’s time to turn the heat down,” Romney continued. “Leaders need to tone it down. Leaders from above and leaders of all kinds: parents, bosses, reporters, columnists, professors, union leaders, everyone. The result of the crescendo of anger leads to a very bad place. No sane person can want that.”
Romney’s comments come days after federal authorities announced they had foiled a multi-person plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, whom Romney mentioned in his statement. Whitmer has linked the foiled conspiracy to Trump’s rhetoric.
Romney has spoken out against the president on occasion and was the only Republican Senator to vote in favor of condemning Trump in his impeachment trial earlier this year.