Mitt Romney Blasts Donald Trump as ‘a Phony, a Fraud’

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UPDATED: Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is going on the attack against Donald Trump, delivering a speech on Thursday blasting the GOP frontrunner as a “phony” and a “fraud.”

Romney’s staff released excerpts of the fiery speech to the media on Thursday, generating a storm of coverage hours before he even delivered the speech at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

“Here’s what I know: Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud,” Romney said. “His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University. He’s playing members of the American public for suckers: He gets a free ride to the White House, and all we get is a lousy hat.”

Romney voiced his blunt criticism of Trump, laying out the case against the presidential candidate.

“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 at the Hinckley Institute of Politics Forum. “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.”

The former governor of Massachusetts even attacked the real estate tycoon’s businesses savvy.

“His bankruptcies have crushed small businesses and the men and women who worked for them,” Romney added. “He inherited his business, he didn’t create it. And what ever 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.”

“Donald Trump tells us that he is very, very smart. I’m afraid that when it comes to foreign policy he is very, very not smart,” Romney said.


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He also questioned Trump’s mental stability.

“Dishonesty is Trump’s hallmark: He claimed that he had spoken clearly and boldly against going into Iraq,” Romney said. “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. His is not the temperament of a stable, thoughtful leader.”

Romney’s speech is the biggest example to date of the Republican establishment’s efforts to stop Trump’s momentum in racking up delegates to secure the party’s nomination in July. The divide in the Republican Party over his candidacy has become an unexpected spectacle in campaign 2016 that is fueling intense media coverage of behind-the-scenes efforts by party leaders to mount an anti-Trump campaign, as well as recent reports about Trump trying to extend an olive branch to party elders.

More Republican leaders, including Senator John McCain, are now starting to come forward following Romney’s remarks.


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Romney’s warnings are notable because Trump endorsed the former Massachusetts governor during his White House run in 2012.

Trump, not surprisingly, responded to the reports of Romney’s speech via Twitter, asserting that Romney “ran one of the worst races in presidential history.”

At a rally in Maine on Thursday, Trump said that Romney was “begging” for his endorsement in 2012.

“I could’ve said, ‘Mitt, drop to your knees,’ and he would have dropped to his knees,” Trump said. “He was begging. He was begging me.”

Trump will no doubt generate headlines tonight when he faces off with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly at the Republican candidates’ debate in Detroit. Trump has publicly bashed Kelly as part of his running feud with Fox News.


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  1. Le Jacobs says:

    Romney is a phony and a wooden board. There is no chance in hell that he can be a nominee by steal the election at the brokered convention. I wish I could get my money back with interest from Romney for supporting him when he ran against the Kenyan.

  2. Trumpsupport says:

    HOW DARE!!! Loser Romney insulting Americans by telling them who they should and should not vote for.
    He doesn’t get it that WE are not putting up with business as usual politicians.
    The Republican party asked Trump for a commitment to stay with them and not run an independent 3rd party.
    Mr. Trump committed.
    Now that he has gained so much support for the GOP, that actually has a chance to WIN, they want him out!!! Unbelievable!!
    Actually, Romney, Ryan, Whitman, Sasse, McCain, and ALL the other, present and former, GOP establishment are WORTHLESS.
    Like Clinton, their leadership is not in the country’s best interest. Their self serving positions, inadequate job performances, and out of touch concerns with real problems in America, is corruption at it’s best.

    These petty, lying, baiting, and completely misleading attacks against Mr Trump are typical media and political garbage.
    The Democrats have to be loving watching the Republicans self destruct.

    But at the end of the day, the voters will decide.

    We are Praying for Mr. Trump. We need you to be America’s next President.

  3. Romney is the fraud.
    Look at his record as Governor of Massachusetts.
    Really bad.
    Also, he is also a two-time loser as a presidential candidate.
    If the Republican Party has people like this criticizing Trump, then they are only going to get laughed at.
    No one is buying any of this Trump bashing.
    Then again, no one is buying the GOP.
    Only Donald Trump.

    George Vreeland Hill

  4. Jeff Black says:

    I did not think Romney was that stupid, I mean I always knew he was stupid but I just did not know he was that stupid. People are tearing him to shreds. Trump’s numbers going up. Thanks Romney. You just gave Trump a great gift.

  5. Bill says:

    Never thought the day would come that I would agree with Romney, but that day has arrived.

  6. Spike says:

    And McCain? Another sell out. He might as well call himself a Democrat. And Clooney is just a hater when he calls Trump a xenophobic fascist. Anyone who believes in true American values, the Constitution, etc. is apparently, according to Clooney, a fascist. Well Clooney, how’s this for a bit of name-calling: you’re nothing but a bright red Socialist scumbag.

  7. Spike says:

    Romney’s a sell out in the same mold as Clinton, Bush and all the insider scumbag, one-worlders. They’re all on the bankers’ team and they’re all selling America out. Trump doesn’t stand with them on this.

  8. Geri says:

    Mr. Romney needs to go back and sit on his porch. He is the reason Mr. Obama is President. He is a looser giving advise to a winner. Mr. Trump at least is hearing the people the other candidates are only hearing themselves. A Clinton is a Clinton, both liars and doing anything they want to get what they want I wouldn’t trust them with anything of importance to me. Trust me they don’t care about you or me.

  9. ray says:

    Romney now there’s the pot calling the kettle black Romney he should just shut his mouth another politician America’s fed up with politicians running their mouths they bring nothing to the table all they do is stick your hand down the front of your pants and try to take your money I’m so fed up with the son of a bitches Donald Trump all the way.

  10. The Bucktown Kid says:

    We have no one to blame for this situtation but ourselves. And this is what American Statesmanship is all about?

    • Jeff Black says:

      We have the GOP to blame for Obama’s second term. The GOP anointed Romney and screwed Ron Paul all at the same time. I know because I was a Republican alternate delegate in Tampa in 2012 and I found out first hand just how crooked the GOP could be and Romney was right in the middle of it alone with Boehner. Romney is as crooked as a dogs hind leg.

  11. Derek says:

    This is the reason trump is winning. The establishment does not listen to its voters. We gave them the house, we gave them the senate what did they do, absoluty nothing. I’m from Massachusetts , and he did nothing to inact conservative issues. He gave us Romney care which is costing millions per year .

  12. Patti says:

    You may not like Mitt Romney but we as Americans MUST know HOW these candidates plan to accomplish their promises. I want the details! Forget all the talk and look at the facts – all the facts of their campaigns. This country needs a serious overhaul. Our justice system, illegal immigrants, economy, cyber hacking, etc. Who can TRULY get these issues addressed and ACTION taken. I’m tired of candidates that don’t do what they say they’re going to do so get ALL the facts and decide as a responsible American Adult.

    • Jeff Black says:

      The Establishment only want’s to tell you and I who to vote for.

    • JMartin says:

      Yeah, they want to “solve” all those problems under the same puppetmasters that control both sides. We’ve had that for over 20 years now. Trump is the best bet. Hillary is stealing it from Bernie and Bernie’s people are tired of the puppetmasters too. They are stealing it from Bernie and now they are trying to steal it from Trump! So they can control the president.

  13. Appreciate the comments, Mr. Mitt. Agreed — and millions of screaming progressives, the ones who hissed so loudly at you, also concur, so for just this once we’re in sync, let’s all enjoy the moment — that Trump is no paragon of virtue, be it political, social, fiscal, etc. In fact, given his too-abundant thoughtless comments on women, Muslims, Mexicans, and just about everything else, he would most likely be a walking 24/7 catastrophe for domestic and foreign policy. But…but…you say…

    “His bankruptcies have crushed small businesses and the men and women who worked for them,” Romney added. “He inherited his business, he didn’t create it.”

    Coming from you, that’s a bit of a s-t-r-e-t-c-h. Can the bosses of the RNC please present for a speech someone who is rather less painted by the same brush?

    Have you considered writing a script? The line: “He gets a free ride to the White House, all we get is a lousy hat” is really quite funny.

    • JMartin says:

      “The Government will, one day, be corrupt and filled with liars, and the people will flock to the one who tells the truth.” — Thomas Jefferson

  14. Je vizzusi says:

    Mitt was right on about one thing, I’m still waiting for my lousy hat!

  15. Doralie T. Maize says:

    I would like to know who paid Romney’s air time this morning?? Was it the chairman of the RNC? I believe they did. They set it up so Romney would be on this morning before the debate tonight. I am a Republican and I am voting for Trump and if he goes third party I will vote third party. I think having Romney on is going to back fire on the RNC. They need to get rid of Reince Priehus all he does is try and cause trouble for the Conservative Republicans. The people are speaking and they want Trump as president…….and you can see all the people he is bringing over to the party to vote for him.

    • JMartin says:

      Yes the GOP is behind it. They are trying to set up a brokered convention. Google it. The GOP gave Rubio a chance to win, but he didn’t so Romney is the one now.

      • Jeff Black says:

        You can beat the last dime you have that the RNC is behind all of this alone with Cruz and the RINO Rubio. But it is backfiring big time on them. People are coming unglued at Romney. Big gift to Trump. Watch as his numbers climb.

    • Je vizzusi says:

      So therefore you are willing to leave your own party behind to do whatever it takes to put Trump into the Whitehouse?
      That’s insane.. and plays right into Trumps fanatical hands.

  16. jen says:

    Only in America do we rip apart successful people and elect fraud and failure (Obama).

  17. Jason says:

    Trump 2016
    Bring it (establishment) all down man.

    • JMartin says:

      YES! What is crazy is that they exposed themselves at every turn! Trump is just saying vote for me! LOL

  18. Berke Zane says:

    A little late to the party there Mitt. Couldn’t bring yourself to do or say anything negative against Obama when the people gave you the nomination but you have the brass stones to come out of “left” field like a tabloid reporter chasing a cheating celebrity. I guess that generates another few million votes for Mr. Trump.

  19. Marc says:

    romney believes he gets his own personal cloud planet when he dies. He literally thinks the Earth and the Universe are no more than 6000 years old.

    He ruined lives by closing factories , sending thousands of Americsn jobs overseas, and pocketed the money.

    Who’s the fraud now?

  20. America and Mr. Romney. We Americans at one time believed in Mr. Romney as the person who could right the wrong done to Americans by both parties. He had victory in his hands. Unfortunately the rest is history.
    TODAY America is totally disrespected by every nation on the globe. Why? Of course the president must accept responsibility for THIS . But so must every other elected congressional leader as they have the constitutional power and responsibility to protect America from ALL enemies foreign and DOMESTIC and have not and are not doing their job. Have these elected officials lived up to their promises to those who have elected them and to the oath of office that they took? No!
    Mr. Trump represents the last hope for Americans. He cannot be held responsible for the shortcomings of our elected leaders. He can only do better than what we currently have.
    The leading liberal candidate is deemed responsible for the outcome of Benghazi and the proven security violations that may have put our country in danger. To top it off, she has the backing of her party in convincing America that it is permissible to lie to “America” based on her station in life and to run for the highest office in the world to continue the deception and fall of America. The other side of the aisle does not prove to be of a different cloth as their actions tend to protect their current station in life and not the tranquility of America.
    Now the media is allowed to play the same part that they always have in our elections. They are influencing the voters to bend towards the wishes of the “big money” paying their handsome salaries.
    Mr. Romney, you would not be incorrect in labeling yourself Benedict Arnold. You of all people have forgotten the platform that you ran on.
    So now oh great proclaimed wise leaders, your current “Un American” actions against Mr. Trump may sustain your wishes to continue the downward spiral of America which can only result in us Americans who are less affluent than you to be your servants. The economic downward of America will primarily affect those who earn less than $150,000 per year. Yeah, that is us who blindly put you in power.
    America is pouring out money to house, cloth, feed, educate, and employ millions of immigrants (documented or otherwise) while allowing surviving Veterans who offer their lives for Americans to come home to die at the hands of the VA and/or be subjected to living conditions that many citizens find so disgusting for immigrants. Who is taking care of our heroes?
    We want America back. No promised changes just action to preserve the constitution. Those who in any part do not support the constitution are requested not to consider themselves Americans. Those who come into this country, MUST come here to be AMERICANS.
    MR. ROMNEY, get back on the bandwagon that you once said you stood for and allow the voters to choose minus your personal intervention.
    And yes, I totally echo Mark’s eloquent comment.

    • Marc says:

      uh… Remember bush? The U.S. is financially far better off than 8 years ago. And President Obama has restored America’s standing after shrub and dick ruined it.

      • Nancy says:

        U.S. Economy was even BETTER under Clinton than bush., As was our standing in the world. Undoing the mess terrorist ronald reagun left us in took quite some doing.

      • JMartin says:

        And then the Clintons before that. We have had same puppetmasters controlling it for a very long time! This is why they are desperate not to have Trump.. Hillary is cheating and stealing it from Bernie. They are trying to stop Trump and exposing themselves doing it. The Truth always comes out!

    • Charles DeVault says:

      Mark…all I have to say…AWESOME WRITE-UP

      • Charles DeVault says:

        William…how does “Mark” come out of autocorrect, I don’t know…how ever you get the message. ;-)

  21. Romney is showing his establishment side in his attack on Trump. Trump has the people on his side what doesn’t Romney and the Republican Party not understand about this? Work with Trump to defeat Hillary because the consequences would be disastrous. Cruz, and the others are no match for Hillary.

  22. Dan says:

    Trump’s problem is that we have a constitution. He can’t become the dictator of America. A free press is part of our constitution . He. Won’t Beale to take the limits of the office . Which he won’t get to .

  23. Mark says:

    Folks it is really simple here. It is all about “Control”! If the professional politicians, I use the term professional very loosely, can’t control Trump they don’t want him. Some points about Trump, he does not drink (alcohol) or smoke (anything) he has made a lot, and I mean a lot of money. He does not need this job as president and I feel Trump is the only one that can turn our country around. Granted he does call “spade an F**KING Shovel…how refreshing for a change. If we have somehow survived, barely.. with Obummer for seven years I am willing to give The Donald 4 years to prove he can really be an effective leader, if not “You’re Fired!. Remember Ronald Reagan was a Democrat before he became a Republican. Was a movie star, then was elected Governor of California and went of to become our President and bring America back to Strength, Prosperity and Greatest World Leader of recent times.
    Let’s get this done and kick some ass! I am sick and tired of paying for “Stupid” !

  24. McBleester says:

    Mitt Romney may have lost Mr.Dump, but he ran an admirable race.
    I don’t think The Trumpmeister will ever give a complete or honest answer, yet foolish people still cling to hope that he will “save” the USA. What is he saving us from I couldn’t tell you except complete sentences.

  25. taffy says:

    Who cares what a two-time loser like Mitt Romney (someone who threw the election in exchange for a heft “donation”) thinks about anything? He’s as irrelevant as the delusional Awren below.

  26. Awren says:

    Oh help us Mr. Trump we’re afraid and your so strong….Beat everyone up for us O.K.
    I’m a frightened Little American…

    I’ve determined that Trump Supporters are nothing but a bunch of scaredy cats

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