Mitt Romney Tells Trump and Rivals to 'Lower the Heat,' Says World Watching U.S. With 'Horror'

Former Republican presidential candidate Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) has urged President Donald Trump and his rivals to "lower the heat" as he spoke of being "troubled by our politics" ahead of Election Day.

Romney, who ran for president in 2008 and was defeated by Democrat Barack Obama, said he had been quiet in the run up to November 3 but was releasing a statement amid what he has perceived as a negative shift in how politics is conducted.

"I have stayed quiet with the approach of the election," he said in a statement. "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."

My thoughts on the current state of our politics:

— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) October 13, 2020

He went on to highlight the president calling Democratic candidate Joe Biden "a monster" and branding House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) "crazy."

He also highlighted Trump's comments on his predecessor Obama, as well as remarks the president made about Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer after the FBI foiled an alleged plot to kidnap her.

Romney went on to criticize Democrats who launch "blistering attacks of their own," though said "their presidential nominee refuses to stoop as low as others."

Expanding further on attacks between political actors he said: "The rabid attacks kindle the conspiracy mongers and the haters who take the small and predictable step from intemperate word to dangerous action.

"The world is watching America with abject horror; more consequentially, our children are watching.

"Many Americans are frightened for our country—so divided, so angry, so mean, so violent."

In a call for such behavior to stop, he added: "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."

Romney has previously questioned statements from Trump.

He recently appeared to criticize Trump over his refusal to confirm a peaceful transferal of power if he were to lose.

"Any suggestion that a president might not respect this Constitutional guarantee is both unthinkable and unacceptable," he wrote on Twitter.

He was also the only Republican Senator to vote against the president in his impeachment trial earlier in 2020.

Trump branded Romney a "low life" when commenting on this.

Newsweek has contacted the Trump and Biden campaigns, Romney and Pelosi for comment.

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) leaves a meeting of GOP senators at the National Republican Senatorial Committee offices September 22, 2020. He has said is troubled by how politics in the U.S. is being conducted. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images