Mitt Romney is letting Donald Trump know what he really thinks.
The Republican presidential nominee in 2012 is expected to call the GOP presidential front-runner in 2016 a “phony and a fraud.” The remarks are the strongest by the Republican establishment, and an apparent attempt to slow Trump’s momentum, after his sweeping victories on Super Tuesday in which he won seven states and put himself on a course to secure the party’s nomination.
Romney had been teasing his sentiments about Trump on Twitter for days, calling on the billionaire to first release his tax returns and then repudiating Trump’s non-answer on support from a KKK leader. Excerpts from a speech Romney is scheduled to deliver later Thursday were obtained by Bloomberg News.
Romney went on to criticize Hillary Clinton, the presidential front-runner on the Democratic side, saying her policies while secretary of state “diminished” U.S. interests “in every corner of the world.” Yet, he pointed out, “Trump relishes any poll that reflects what he thinks of himself. But polls are also saying he will lose to Hillary Clinton.”