In a stunning eruption of disgust, disbelief and disapproval, Mitt Romney, the failed nominee from 2012, begged his party yesterday to dump Donald Trump before he makes it all the way to becoming its standard-bearer this time around, excoriating him as a “conman” and a “fake”.
The billionaire real estate mogul will likely fire back at former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who attacked Trump during a speech earlier Thursday.
“I believe with all my heart and soul that we face another time for choosing, one that will have profound consequences for the Republican Party and more importantly, for the country”, Romney said in a high-profile speech at the University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics Forum.
The former GOP nominee’s main goal is keeping Trump from reaching the 1,237 delegates required to secure the Republican Party’s presidential nomination.
And I wasn’t happy about it, I’ll be honest, because I am not a fan of Barack Obama, because I backed Mitt Romney – I backed Mitt Romney. More importantly, though, what Romney’s advocating is the “keepaway” strategy where everyone stays in and collectively they try to horde delegates from Trump in the name of denying him a clear majority.
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. Given the current delegate selection process, this means that I would vote for Marco Rubio in Florida, for John Kasich in OH, and for Ted Cruz or whichever one of the other two contenders has the best chance of beating Mr. Trump in a given state. Stay tuned. Exit question via my pal Karl regarding Trump’s 2012 endorsement of Romney: If Trump’s such a genius and Romney’s such a lousy RINO, why’d he endorse a doomed loser like Mitt in the first place?
Trump, meanwhile, was setting his sights on the general election.
Ultimately, the Republican voters have to decide if Trump should be the party’s new leader, he said, adding that “I understand the anger” that’s fueling the novice politician’s rise to power.
Several analysts point out that the primary season is almost past the halfway point, and the GOP dithered rather than take on Trump early in the campaign. Ben Sasse, have said they would not support Trump in November, though it was unclear what alternatives they would have.
Nationally, Trump has the support of 41 percent of Republican voters, compared to 19 percent who back Cruz and 16 percent who back Rubio, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling data.
Another source close to Romney told CNN that he is “going after Trump” in the speech. “I’m afraid when it comes to foreign policy, he is very, very not smart”.
“He cheers assaults on protesters”, Mr Romney said.
The address Thursday amounts to an astonishing full-court press by Romney to stop Trump from winning the party’s nomination. It’s sad for the country that the leading candidates of the Republican Party have devolved into this. “And the leaders of the party would shout hallelujah, and say that this was a great example of patriotism”.
“People are energized by what I’m saying” in the campaign and turning out in remarkable numbers to vote, Trump told NBC’s “Today”.