Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), who has aligned himself with Democrats in his disdain for President Trump, went rogue in a strongly-worded statement on Twitter denouncing the uncivil state of political discourse.
Romney chided those on both sides of the aisle for moving away from “spirited debate to a vile, vituperative, hate-filled morass that is unbecoming of any free nation.”
Calling them out
Romney wrote: “I have stayed quiet with the approach of the election. 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.”
Though Romney of course had criticism for President Trump’s characterization of election opponents Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as “monsters” and his attacks on Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, he didn’t pull punches when calling out Democrats.
Romney scorched House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for her behavior at Trump’s State of the Union address in February, along with political pundit Keith Olbermann, who called Donald Trump a “terrorist.”
“Democrats launch blistering attacks of their own—though their presidential nominee refuses to stoop as low as others. Pelosi tears up the president’s states of the union speech on national television. Keith Olbermann calls the president a ‘terrorist.’ Media on the left and the right amplify all of it,” The former governor continued.
He continued that the “world is watching America with abject horror” as politicians “violently” attack one another, and pleaded for leaders to “lower the heat.”
Romney will be Romney
Romney has long positioned himself as a serious and dignified leader and has used that position to attack Trump over the last four years. Though Romney did decry some of the behavior coming from the Democrat side, he did not directly criticize Joe Biden nor his campaign.
As Breitbart pointed out, “note that even as he claims to be disgusted by the “vituperative” politics, Romney did not fault Biden for calling the president a “clown” and telling him to “shut up” multiple times during the one presidential debate we have thus far seen.”
Additionally, Democrats aren’t exactly quick to welcome Romney into their fold. The replies to Romney’s public statement are full of allusions to Romney’s affiliation with Republicans and formerly cordial relationship with Trump himself.
Liberals responded to Romney’s plea for civility with disdain and ridicule, proving Romney’s point in a way that he doesn’t want to admit.
The truth is that as long as Democrat leaders like Nancy Pelosi are willing to hold the American people hostage to achieve their political goals and her supporters are willing to defend these types of actions, the conversation is not likely to become less heated.