I never thought I would live to hear myself say this: I agreed with everything Mitt Romney said today regarding GOP frontrunner and blowhard Donald J. Trump. In an unusually aggressive and searing speech, Romney, the Republican Party’s failed candidate in the 2012 presidential election, warned his party that should they nominate Trump as their candidate, “the prospects for a safe and prosperous future are greatly diminished.”
He then went right in, leaving no stone left unturned. First he hit the frontrunner on his crackpot economic positions:
If Donald Trump’s plans were ever implemented, the country would sink into prolonged recession. A few examples. His proposed 35 percent tariff-like penalties would instigate a trade war and that would raise prices for consumers, kill our export jobs and lead entrepreneurs and businesses of all stripes to flee America. His tax plan in combination with his refusal to reform entitlements and honestly address spending would balloon the deficit and the national debt. So even though Donald Trump has offered very few specific economic plans, what little he has said is enough to know that he would be very bad for American workers and for American families.
Then Romney got personal, taking aim at the notion that Trump is a successful “businessman” who will be the savior of the economy. That notion didn’t sit well with Romney:
Look, his bankruptcies have crushed small businesses and the men and women who work for them. He inherited his business, he didn’t create it. And whatever happened to Trump Airlines? How about Trump University? And then there’s Trump Magazine and Trump Vodka and Trump Steaks and Trump Mortgage. A business genius he is not.
Ouch. This, coming from the venture capitalist who has also crushed businesses and the men and women who work for them. If that guy has the audacity to criticize you, you know you’re in trouble. Amidst the applause, the laughter and the hollering, Romney really laid into Trump unlike anyone in the GOP has. He said Trump is “very, very not smart” when it comes to issues of foreign policy (as if Romney had any more experience), and blasted him for his menstrual cycle comments regarding Megyn Kelly, mocking the disabled NYT reporter and Carly Fiorina’s appearance. Said Romney:
I’m far from the first to conclude that Donald Trump lacks the temperament to be president.
He would be correct. If only the Republicans listened to the Democrats (as they should on every issue). Looks like the liberals were right after all. And it’s quite the spectacle when Trump can lie out his ass and his ignorant base still latches on to every word he says. Romney took that to the task:
Dishonesty is Donald Trump’s hallmark. He claimed that he had spoken clearly and boldly against going into Iraq. Wrong. He spoke in favor of invading Iraq. He said he saw thousands of Muslims in New Jersey celebrating 9/11.Wrong. He saw no such thing. He imagined it. He’s not of the temperament of the kind of stable, thoughtful person we need as a leader. His imagination must not be married to real power. The president of the United States has long been the leader of the free world.
You get the idea. Romney hates Trump, and he isn’t afraid to say so. If only he had spoken up louder maybe the GOP wouldn’t be faced with this monster they created.
Here’s a clip of Romney’s seething attack on Donald Trump:
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