Romney slams 'demagogues' in commencement address

Mitt Romney ended his commencement speech at Trine University in Indiana Saturday by criticizing the state of the presidential race, saying demagogues on the right and left have helped create “tumultuous times.”

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“Demagogues on the right and left draw upon our darker angels, scapegoating immigrants and Muslims or bankers and business people,” said the 2012 Republican nominee, seemingly taking shots at presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHow to stand out in the crowd: Kirsten Gillibrand needs to find her niche Countdown clock is on for Mueller conclusions Omar: White supremacist attacks are rising because Trump publicly says 'Islam hates us' MORE and Democratic hopeful Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersHow to stand out in the crowd: Kirsten Gillibrand needs to find her niche Biden, Sanders edge Trump in hypothetical 2020 matchups in Fox News poll O'Rourke tests whether do-it-yourself campaign can work on 2020 stage MORE.

It was the only reference to the presidential race the former Massachusetts governor made during his address, which mostly focused on his tips to living a happy life.

Romney has been a critical voice during the 2016 campaign cycle, repeatedly slamming Trump, whom he called a “phony” and a "fraud" in March.

Romney has been floated as a potential third-party candidate.