It’s been a minute — 2012, to be exact — since we last heard from the Reagan acolyte and presidential hopeful Mitt Romney. But today, Romney stood on a stage at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute and eviscerated Donald Trump and his lofty goals to move to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Only one problem: They used to be buddies.
Back in 2012, Romney strongly curried the endorsement of Trump, got it, and still lost. Now, Trump is the lead horse in this race and the GOP reaches out to Romney to get the American people (aka Republicans and Independents interested in Trumping the vote) to change their ever-loving, collective minds.
“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 Utah 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.”
He labels Trump as a misogynist, a fraud, a bad businessman, and someone whose “promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University.” However, he forgot his peanuts to address the elephant in the room: What changed in four years?!
“Even though Donald Trump has offered very few specific economic plans, what he has said is enough to know that he would be very bad for American workers and American families,” he said.
“Now I know you say, ‘Isn’t he a huge business success, and doesn’t he know what he’s talking about?’ No he isn’t, and no he doesn’t. His bankruptcies have crushed small businesses and their workers. He inherited his business; he didn’t create it.”
And therein lies the rub: Trump inherited all of this fanfare he’s getting as well.
The man is using anti-political angst like a Kardashian abusing paparazzi cameras for fun. It’s been long noted that Americans hates Congress, doesn’t trust it, but still do nothing about it. So, along comes Trump, saying things plenty of people feel but never articulate, and the American people feel like he’s a breath of fresh air.
And yet, the GOP is surprised (and terrified) that this guy is the front-runner. So much so, that they recruit Trump’s former admirer to slam him on national TV. The speech was well-written. The PR push is nice. The news cycle will be rolling all day long.
However, the brakes are going to hit as soon as people put those dots together. And then the American people will continue to ride that Trump train. Choo-choo!
[PHOTO: Erik Kabik/RETNA; SOURCE: AP]