“It’s time to turn the heat down,” said Romney, one of the few prominent Republicans to have frequently criticized Trump since winning the 2016 election.
Romney, the only member of the Republican majority in the Senate to vote for Trump’s impeachment in February, spoke of the president calling Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris a “monster” and Democratic leader the Nancy Pelosi House of “mad”, among other things.
My thoughts on the current state of our policy: pic.twitter.com/oYY4zlX6ZP
– Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) October 13, 2020
He accused Democrats, too, of “launching lightning attacks”, although he gave fewer examples.
These included the moment Pelosi tore up Trump’s State of the Union address and a recent video by Keith Olbermann, a progressive political and sports commentator, calling Trump a “terrorist.”
Meanwhile, the 2012 GOP presidential candidate gave a pass to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, who he said “refuses to stoop as low as the rest.”
‘The world is watching America’
Romney has previously said he will not vote for Trump in the Nov. 3 polls, but has not said whether he supports Biden as president.
Romney’s statement also went after media organizations that he said “amplify” the brutal political fighting.
Referring to an alleged failed plot to kidnap the Democratic governor of Michigan – herself a frequent target of Trump criticism – he warned that “rabid attacks ignite conspirators and haters.”
Biden to Trump about 20 minutes after the start of the presidential debate: “Do you want to silence the man? ”
– Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) September 30, 2020
“The world looks at America with abject horror,” said Romney, who lost the 2012 election to Barack Obama.
“Many Americans are afraid for our country – so divided, so angry, so mean, so violent.”
“The consequence of the crescendo of anger leads to a very bad place. No sane person can want that, ”he said.
Trump returned to the election track on Monday, hosting his first rally since being hospitalized with COVID-19.
He is campaigning in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, while his Democratic rival Biden is in Florida. The two states are seen as key to the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.