By Allan Smith
Mitt Romney railed on GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump in a major address Thursday, calling him a “phony,” “fraud,” “con man,” and “fake.”
“Let me put it plainly,” he said. “If we Republicans choose Donald Trump as our nominee, the prospects for a safe and prosperous future are greatly diminished.”
Romney’s speech came as the Republican establishment grows increasingly worried about the growing possibility of a Trump nomination. It was delivered two days after Trump scored a dominating victory in the Super Tuesday series of primaries and caucuses.
Romney’s speech — remarkable in that the party’s most recent nominee was launching an unprecedented assault against its current frontrunner — went after Trump’s business history, policy proposals, and fitness for office.
Listing many of Trump’s previous businesses, like Trump Steaks, Trump Airlines, and the controversial Trump University, Romney said Trump wasn’t a “business genius.”
After then speaking about a remark Trump made on “60 Minutes,” in which Trump said the US should let Syrian President Bashar Assad “take out ISIS,” Romney called Trump’s foreign policy “reckless.”
“Donald Trump tells us that he is very, very smart,” Romney said. “I’m afraid that when it comes to foreign policy he is very, very not smart.”
“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 the American public for suckers. He gets a free ride to the White House and all we get is a lousy hat,” he continued.
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— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) March 3, 2016