At first glance it seems odd that Mitt Romney's campaign would have Donald Trump, of all people, vouching for the candidate's authenticity, not to mention his brainpower. But there Trump was on Fox & Friends Monday morning, calling The Washington Post's George Will -- who called for Republicans to give up on winning the White House and focus on the Senate -- "a totally overrated fool." It's not the first time in the last few days that Trump has defended Romney from criticism that would apply perfectly to Trump himself. Trump, who made robocalls for Romney in Ohio and Micchigan, has also testified on Romney's authenticity and likeability.
It's unexpected that Romney would associate with Trump at all, given that over the last year Trump's fame has come, in descending order of significance, from these accomplishments: being a birther, being a fake presidential candidate, being a reality star, and being some sort of business person. But Trump's role is not to convince voters that Romney is like Trump. The point is to highlight all the ways Romney is not like Trump.
Trump: "As somebody that does a lot of selling, whether it's real estate or whatever, I always believe you have to believe in your product. I believe in Mitt Romney, so it was easy," Trump told Politico's Mike Allen over the weekend. "A lot of times I'll get to know people, and they're not as good as the persona."