DONALD TRUMP GAINS STRENGTH AFTER FORMER MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR LAUNCHES ATTACK
“Here’s what I know: Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud,” Romney said during a high-profile address last week. “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.”
“Dishonesty is Donald Trump’s hallmark,” Romney added.
Tough talk, huh?
Of course it is …
It’s all part of the “Republican” party’s last-ditch effort to keep Trump from getting the GOP nomination.
As is his custom, Trump wasted little time in firing back – recalling how Romney prostrated himself to receive Trump’s endorsement in 2012.
“He was begging for my endorsement,” Trump said. “I could have said, ‘Mitt, drop to your knees’ – he would have dropped to his knees.”
So, who won this clash of GOP titans? Trump did … like a boss.
According to a new Morning Consult poll released this week, Romney’s speech “had very little effect on the GOP frontrunner.” In fact, it appears as though Romney’s attack actually helped Trump.
The poll of more than 2,000 registered voters – conducted from March 4-6 – found that 31 percent of GOP respondents said they were more likely to vote for Trump following Romney’s speech, compared to 20 percent who said they were less likely and 43 percent who said Romney’s tirade had no impact on their thinking.
Yeah … that’s an “establishment fail” right there.
Romney also got badly bruised in the process, wilting under questioning about his prior support for Trump.
“Why’d you say nice things about him four years ago?” NBC’s Chuck Todd asked Romney on Meet The Press over the weekend. “Why did you say so many nice things about his business career when clearly you’re not impressed?”
“You know, he’s made a lot of money for himself,” Romney responded. “And I’m gracious enough in a setting where someone has endorsed me to point out that he’s been successful, made a lot of money.”
Todd pressed Romney further – but received nothing resembling a compelling explanation.
“You laid out a whole bunch of things that you thought disqualified Trump, not just his business background, you thought his support for terrorists could lead to a trade war, you were pretty critical of the vulgar language that he uses, the insulting of Muslims. But, you know, he was pretty insulting of Muslims four years ago,” Todd said.
Romney offered nothing in response other than to regurgitate his attacks …
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