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

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyRomney: 'Pretty sure' Trump would win 2024 GOP nomination if he ran for president Overnight Health Care: COVID-19 vaccine makers pledge massive supply increase | Biden health nominee faces first Senate test | White House defends reopening of facility for migrant kids On The Money: Schumer urges Democrats to stick together on .9T bill | Collins rules out GOP support for Biden relief plan | Powell fights inflation fears MORE (R-Utah) on Wednesday criticized President TrumpDonald TrumpRomney: 'Pretty sure' Trump would win 2024 GOP nomination if he ran for president Pence huddles with senior members of Republican Study Committee Trump says 'no doubt' Tiger Woods will be back after accident 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 HarrisCollins: Biden's .9T coronavirus package won't get any Senate GOP votes House panel advances Biden's .9T COVID-19 aid bill Biden's immigration bill could wreck his majority, but Democrats have opportunity to do the right thing MORE a “monster” following her debate with Vice President Pence and for repeatedly labeling Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiFive big takeaways on the Capitol security hearings Curator estimates Capitol art damage from mob totals K Democrats want businesses to help get LGBT bill across finish line 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 BidenHoyer: House will vote on COVID-19 relief bill Friday Pence huddles with senior members of Republican Study Committee Powell pushes back on GOP inflation fears 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.