Mitt Romney once treated Donald Trump like he was the girl he was too embarrassed to tell his friends he was hooking up with, but the candidate has finally upgraded their relationship status. Trump has recorded robo-calls for Romney in Michigan, which voters are hearing this week, ABC News Michael Falcone reports. "This is Donald Trump and I have to tell you that I’m tired of Rick Santorum pretending that he’s some kind of DC outsider," Trump says in the recording, going on to call Santorum a "career politician." Romney is the true outsider, and, Trump says, "He’s a good man, he’s working hard… He will win. You’ve got to give him that chance."
Last year, Romney's aides distracted reporters at the front door of Trump Tower while Romney slipped in through the subway entrance, preventing any photographic evidence of the wealthy candidate even stepping inside the garish gold-accented building. But everything changed in February as Romney and Trump stood side by side and the real estate mogul and reality show star endorsed the candidate in Las Vegas hotel. At a Romney fundraiser in New York last week, Trump was the real star The Washington Post reports: "Some of the other big moneymen there were so thrilled by the appearance of an honest-to-goodness celebrity that they interrupted their phone time to ask him to pose for pictures." This week, Trump gave two interviews on local Michigan radio in which he acted as a Romney "surrogate" (by far the grossest political jargon of all time), ABC News reports. Now Trump's voice is cooing Romney's name in voters' ears, reminding them what a "good man" he is.
"Good man" appears to be Trump's favorite way to describe moderate Republican losers. A search through Lexis Nexis shows Trump has called many a failed presidential candidate a "good man": Steve Forbes, Rudy Giuliani (also a "great man"), George H.W. Bush, John McCain (also a "quality man"). Former New York Gov. George Pataki, who flirted for about five seconds with getting in the race last year, is a "terrific man." Former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who did not exactly leave office at peak popularity, as well as failed Democratic presidential candidate Paul Tsongas get the "good man" recognition. Romney's probably hoping he's a better man than all those "good" men right now.
This article is from the archive of our partner The Wire.