Mitt Romney shreds Trump for refusing to denounce 'absurd and dangerous' QAnon
Mitt Romney speaking to supporters at a grassroots early voting rally in Mesa, Arizona. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) on Friday issued a blistering statement condemning President Donald Trump for not denouncing the QAnon conspiracy theory during his town hall appearance on Thursday night.

"The President's unwillingness to denounce an absurd and dangerous conspiracy theory last night continues an alarming pattern: politicians and parties refuse to forcefully and convincingly repudiate groups like antifa, white supremacists, and conspiracy peddlers," Romney said.

Romney then blamed both political parties for failing to "expel the rabid fringes and the extremes" and of "eagerly trading their principles for the hope of electoral victories."

Despite Romney's warnings about both Republicans and Democrats going to extremes, however, no prominent Democrat has said they support antifa, whereas multiple Republican congressional candidates running this year are either openly supportive of QAnon or are openly courting QAnon believers.

Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) this week, for instance, touted her endorsement by Marjorie Taylor Greene, a QAnon-believing candidate who has also questioned whether terrorists actually flew a plane into the Pentagon on 9/11.