The 2016 presidential campaign is about to get uglier as the GOP establishment fights against real estate mogul Donald Trump’s almost inevitable nomination. Now the war is beginning a new front between the former 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney and Trump who will almost certainly become the 2016 GOP nominee. Romney is giving a speech warning the party against nominating Trump on Thursday, March 3, 2016, at 11:30 a.m. ET at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics Forum. With excerpts of the speech already released on Thursday morning by CNN Trump is firing back preemptively at Romney.
Romney provided a prepared copy of the speech to CNN, who published some pertinent excerpts. Romney is going to say the following, “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.” The line summarizes Romney’s message warning the GOP to rally around another candidate to prevent the nomination from going to Trump.
Romney is going to convince the Republican Party and voters to support one of the three remaining candidates in the race, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Florida Senator Marco Rubio or Ohio Governor John Kasich. Romney advises, “The only serious policy proposals that deal with the broad range of national challenges we confront have come from Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and John Kasich.”
Romney is intending to warn the country about the severe damage Trump will cause if he is elected president. Romney says, “His domestic policies would lead to recession. His foreign policies would make America and the world less safe. He has neither the temperament nor the judgment to be president. And his personal qualities would mean that America would cease to be a shining city on a hill.”
Romney points to some Trump’s controversial comments praising US pseudo-enemy Russian President Vladimir Putin and his attacks on former GOP President George W. Bush, where Trump blamed him for the 9/11 terror attacks happening on his watch. Romney described Trump’s “twisted example of evil trumping good: “Trump’s claims that he admires Russian President Vladimir Putin while calling “George W. Bush a liar.”
Citing polls Romney does not believe Trump would win against the almost presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Romney says that Trump “relishes any poll that reflects what he thinks of himself” but “he will lose to Hillary Clinton”…. “a Trump nomination enables” Hillary Clinton to win the election November. Romney then went on to attack Clinton as “untrustworthy” and “dishonest,” and that she “compromised our national secrets” with her private unsecured email server.
Romney is not intending to endorse any one candidate but instead wants to be the voice of the conscious to the GOP. Romney plans to conclude, that he “understand(s) the anger Americans feel today” and is should be “transformed into energy directed for good.”
Trump is not taking any of Romney’s insults and almost immediately after CNN released the excerpts, Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday evening. Trump tweeted, “Looks like two-time failed candidate Mitt Romney is going to be telling Republicans how to get elected. Not a good messenger!”
Trump continued his Twitter assault early Thursday morning. Trump wrote, “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! — 6:22 AM – 3 Mar 2016.” Another tweet said, “I have brought millions of people into the Republican Party, while the Dems are going down. Establishment wants to kill this movement! — 6:30 AM – 3 Mar 2016.”
Continuing Trump wrote, “I am the only one who can beat Hillary Clinton. I am not a Mitt Romney, who doesn’t know how to win. Hillary wants no part of “Trump” — 6:47 AM – 3 Mar 2016″ The GOP frontrunner concluded, “Why did Mitt Romney BEG me for my endorsement four years ago? 6:59 AM – 3 Mar 2016.”
Trump had to make sure the television audience also heard his opinions, and he called up NBC’s “Today.” Trump told the hosts, “Mitt Romney is a stiff.” Trump indicated if Romney would run now, “Mitt Romney will not get elected. Mitt Romney failed twice and really failed last time. He was going against a president that should have been beaten.”
Trump called Romney a “failed” and “horrible candidate.” The GOP candidate pointed out that Romney sought his endorsement in 2012. Trump indicated what happened after the election. Trump said, “This guy disappeared. He went away. And he got killed. He got decimated in the election.” The Romney-Trump feud escalated as Romney criticized Trump over Ku Klux Klan (KKK) leader David Duke’s recent endorsement of the GOP frontrunner.