Mitt Romney publicly denounced Donald Trump today in a live press conference, and accused him of playing the American public for suckers.
I gotta say I’m kinda proud of Mitt for taking a stand and not straddling the fence waiting to see what happens, but at this point it may be too little…too late.
From News Universe Channel:
LIVE Mitt Romney Speech on ‘state of the 2016 presidential race’ – Mitt Romney calls Donald Trump “a phony, a fraud” (3-3-16)
Mitt Romney launched a broadside against Donald Trump’s surging campaign on Thursday, calling the man who wishes to succeed him as the GOP’s presidential nominee a “phony” and a “fraud” who is playing Americans for “suckers.”
The 2016 front-runner already is firing back, calling Romney a “failed candidate” who begged him for his endorsement when he ran four years ago. Trump indeed endorsed Romney in the 2012 race.
Romney delivered his scathing speech at the University of Utah. As one businessman to another, Romney even mocked Trump’s record of building companies.
“A business genius he is not,” he said.
More broadly, the party’s 2012 presidential nominee issued a stark warning that Trump’s policies would lead to recession and “make America and the world less safe.” He said the “only serious policy proposals” for the country are coming from the other Republican candidates on the field.
“I understand the anger Americans feel today,” Romney said, but added: “Here’s what I know. Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud. His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University. He’s playing … the American public for suckers: He gets a free ride to the White House and all we get is a lousy hat.”
Romney also claims Trump, if nominated, would enable Hillary Clinton to be elected president.
The speech comes ahead of the Fox News Republican primary debate Thursday night at 9 p.m. ET in Detroit, the candidates’ first showdown since Super Tuesday.
Trump swiftly responded to the ex-GOP nominee, taking to Twitter to claim he’s the “only one who can beat Hillary Clinton” and recalling Romney’s record in the presidential elections so far.
“I am not a Mitt Romney, who doesn’t know how to win,” Trump tweeted.
He added: “Failed candidate Mitt Romney,who ran one of the worst races in presidential history,is working with the establishment to bury a big ‘R’ win!”
And speaking on MSNBC, Trump once again would not rule out mounting an independent bid.
The address Thursday amounts to an astonishing full-court press by Romney to stop Trump from winning the party’s nomination. Until now, Romney has mostly criticized Trump via Twitter and media interviews, but this is his most robust effort yet to rally the party and primary voters against the GOP front-runner.
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