WASHINGTON — Saying "the world is watching with abject horror," Sen. Mitt Romney went off on all sides of the political spectrum Tuesday in a social media rant.
In his post to Twitter, Romney said he has stayed quiet ahead of the election, but the current state of politics has made him speak out.
"...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." wrote Romney.
Romney cited numerous times President Trump crossed a line, including calling Sen. Kamala Harris a "monster," attacking Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on the day the FBI foiled a plot to kidnap her and attempting to persuade the Justice Department to jail former President Barack Obama.
Despite also condemning Democrats for their own attacks, Romney praised presidential nominee Joe Biden for refusing "to stoop as low as others."
"The rabid attacks kindle the conspiracy mongers and the haters who take the small and predictable step from intemperate word to dangerous action," warned Romney.
While saying the world is watching our country's uncivil behavior, Romney was more worried that "our children our watching."
Romney asked politicians, their supporters and everyone involved in the lead-up to Election Day to take a step back and take a look at the hate across the U.S.
"It is time to lower the heat. Leaders must tone it down. Leaders from the top and leaders of all stripes. Parents, bosses, reporters, columnists, professors, union chiefs, everyone."
"The consequence of the crescendo of anger leads to a very bad place. No sane person can want that."