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Romney criticizes Trump, Democrats for contributing to 'hate-filled morass'

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyThe Memo: Five reasons why Trump could upset the odds Will anyone from the left realize why Trump won — again? Ratings drop to 55M for final Trump-Biden debate MORE (R-Utah) on Wednesday criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska NYT: Trump had 7 million in debt mostly tied to Chicago project forgiven MORE and Democrats for turning the nation’s political environment into a “hate-filled morass” amid a tense presidential race.

“I have stayed quiet with the approach of the election,” Romney said in a statement posted to Twitter. "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.”

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Romney held back no punches as he criticized the president for calling Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden pushes into Trump territory The Hill's Campaign Report: One week from Election Day | Biden looks to expand map | Trump trails narrowly in Florida, Arizona The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - One week out, where the Trump, Biden race stands MORE a “monster” following her debate with Vice President Pence and for repeatedly labeling Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Trump says stimulus deal will happen after election | Holiday spending estimates lowest in four years | Domestic workers saw jobs, hours plummet due to COVID Hoyer lays out ambitious Democratic agenda for 2021, with health care at top CNN won't run pro-Trump ad warning Biden will raise taxes on middle class MORE (D-Calif.) “crazy.” 

The Utah senator further accused democrats of “launching blistering attacks of their own,” pointing out the time that Pelosi tore up the president’s State of the Union address. He also pointed out that anti-Trump critic Keith Olbermann called Trump a “terrorist.” 

“The rabid attacks kindle the conspiracy mongers and the haters who take the small and predictable step from intemperate word to dangerous action,” Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, said. “The world is watching America with abject horror; more consequentially, our children are watching. Many Americans are divided, so angry, so mean, so violent.” 

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“It is time to lower the heat. Leaders must tone it down,” he continued. “The consequence of the crescendo of anger leads to a very bad place. No sane person can get away with that.” 

Romney is one of the GOP senators most willing to publicly criticize Trump, and has not shied away from doing so. The Utah senator most recently criticized Trump for not condemning white supremacists during the first presidential debate with Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska Jeff Daniels narrates new Biden campaign ad for Michigan MORE

Romney previously pushed back against Trump when he refused to commit to a peaceful transition of power should he lose the election next month.

"Fundamental to democracy is the peaceful transition of power; without that, there is Belarus. Any suggestion that a president might not respect this Constitutional guarantee is both unthinkable and unacceptable," Romney tweeted at the time, though not naming Trump directly.