Former Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Wednesday spoke about front runner Republican candidate Donald Trump. Romney asked that the top three candidates, Trump, Senator Marco Rubio, and Senator Ted Cruz release their last 5 years of tax returns. Cruz and Rubio agreed and said they would be releasing the information very soon. Donald Trump had a different response to Romney’s request.
Romney had interjected himself into this by alluding to a potential “bombshell” that will be found when Trump reveals his tax returns. He made his allegations about Donald Trump on the eve of the Republican Debate in Texas. In an interview with Fox News Romney said, “Frankly, I think we have a good reason to believe that there’s a bombshell in Donald Trump’s taxes.” “I think there’s something there. Either he’s not anywhere near as wealthy as he says he is or he hasn’t been paying the kind of taxes we would expect him to pay, or perhaps he hasn’t been giving money to the vets or to the disabled like he’s been telling us he’s doing,” he added.
Romney who was the Republican nominee in 2012, faced criticism during his failed presidential run for not releasing tax documents before 2010. There were allegations that Romney had not even paid his taxes which turned out to be false but the response from the Romney campaign damaged the former Governor in his bid to be President. Romney said he knew it was an issue “in my campaign. That’s why I’m so sensitive to it.” Continuing Romney said of Trump’s decision not to released his taxes, “the reason I think there’s a bombshell in there is because every time he’s asked about his taxes, he dodges and delays and says well, we’re working on it.”
Trump’s response came in way of a twitter post where Trump shared, “Mitt Romney, who was one of the dumbest and worst candidates in the history of Republican politics, is now pushing me on tax returns. Dope!” Trump also stated, “Just for your info, tax returns have 0 to do w/ someone’s net worth. I have already filed my financial statements w/ FEC. They are great!” Finally, Trump added, “I’m going to do what @MittRomney was totally unable to do- WIN!” In an interview with CNN, Trump said, “make a determination over the next couple of months” as to whether he will release his tax returns.”
Mitt Romney’s decision to attack Donald Trump, a fellow Republican, is another example of how the Republican party is divided and not backing the front runner for the nomination for President. There are Republican pundits that say that Donald Trump is not towing the Republican Party line. That Trump will hurt the party in a long run as he is not a viable candidate against Democrat Hillary Clinton. Yet, in primaries there has been huge voter turnout, even record breaking turnout so the thought that Trump can’t win seems short sighted. The problem seems to be that Donald Trump does not play by the old school rules of how a Republican candidate should present himself but that is all the more reason that voters are turning out in droves to support his campaign. Whether or not Trump releases his tax records will most likely have little effect on Trump supporters.