Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) suggested Keith Olbermann blaming President Donald Trump for a violent plot was the same as inspiring that same action.
The Utah Republican issued a statement Tuesday lamenting the lack of civility in politics, and singled out Olbermann for calling the president a "terrorist" who inspired the violent plot by militia members to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
"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," Romney said.
He called out the president's rude insults and threats to prosecute his political enemies, and complained Democrats were just as bad.
"[House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi tears up the president's State of the Union speech on national television," Romney said. "Keith Olbermann calls the president a 'terrorist.' Media on the left and right amplify all of it."
The senator then blamed these verbal attacks for the violent plot to kidnap a Democratic governor.
"The rabid attacks kindle the conspiracy mongers and the haters who take the small and predictable step from intemperate words to dangerous action," Romney said.
My thoughts on the current state of our politics: https://t.co/oYY4zlX6ZP— Mitt Romney (@Mitt Romney)1602599455.0
Other social media users were gobsmacked by the comparison.
@MittRomney Way to do the “both sides are guilty” thing. Really had to reach for it.— HG Tomato 🍅 Wash Your Hands (@HG Tomato 🍅 Wash Your Hands)1602600189.0
@MittRomney We'll get right on it, sir, and remove Keith Olbermann from uh hmmm actually can you help me out it doe… https://t.co/X516A68fhp— Max Kennerly (@Max Kennerly)1602600225.0
@MittRomney The man who smeared nearly half the country as moochers has words on divisiveness and civility.— Pé (@Pé)1602601506.0
@MittRomney Trump is fueling this disaster. For once, lead. Take a stand against trump verbally. Say his name. Endorse Biden.— RU sh**tin me (@RU sh**tin me)1602599695.0
@MittRomney I think we can all agree that this FONT sucks, dude.— Untucked with Jeremy Newberger (@Untucked with Jeremy Newberger)1602600275.0
@MittRomney Your concern level just crossed Susan Collins’ concern level. Wow— Exploding Trumpaloompa Singh MD 🌊 (@Exploding Trumpaloompa Singh MD 🌊)1602599767.0
@MittRomney here's you accepting an endorsement from donald trump, long after he had embraced and promoted the raci… https://t.co/PwOg1XudHj— Oliver Willis (@Oliver Willis)1602599918.0
@MittRomney You're going to vote for a justice who will hand the election to the president you voted to impeach.— Elie Mystal (@Elie Mystal)1602600763.0
@MittRomney I’m sorry but the only way to lower the flames is by voting out of office the worst president in histor… https://t.co/swk4TOtlKj— Republicans for Joe Biden 🇺🇸 (@Republicans for Joe Biden 🇺🇸)1602599622.0
@MittRomney I agree with much of this. However, having to reach back to last February to find an example of a Democ… https://t.co/fkQSV5KvJL— Tami Burages (@Tami Burages)1602599930.0
@MittRomney Yes. It's so a both sides issue and not something that's been festering on the Republican side for deca… https://t.co/qhYAb25gXo— Kathleen (@Kathleen)1602599579.0
This is truly embarrassing. https://t.co/gYQ4p2C8Ls— Dan Pfeiffer (@Dan Pfeiffer)1602600603.0
@MittRomney Sorry -Keith Olbermann is hardly comparable to the President of the US. This is weak b/c as always you… https://t.co/Z7KgIKdN9R— larrymark (@larrymark)1602600311.0
@MittRomney Talk about a false equivalency: The president versus Keith Olbermann? That's like a Great White shark vs. a DVD of "Sharknado"— Tony Gervino (@Tony Gervino)1602599820.0
@MittRomney Mitt, long time fan here, but putting Keith Olbermann in the same statement as the president of the Uni… https://t.co/Bbidr8MCok— Liran Kapoano (@Liran Kapoano)1602599779.0
@MittRomney "Ripping up a piece of paper on TV is just as bad as calling for your political opponents to be arrested." – Mitt Romney— Chris Evangelista (@Chris Evangelista)1602600500.0
@MittRomney You are the biggest coward on the planet.— Wes Burdine (@Wes Burdine)1602600034.0