Where have we heard this before? Oh yes, right here.
Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney gave a speech in Salt Lake City today spelling out the various reasons Donald Trump would be a disaster if he were to be elected president.
He pointed out that one of the few specifics Trump has offered would lead to a recession and kill jobs:
First, the economy: If Donald Trump’s plans were ever implemented, the country would sink into a prolonged recession.
A few examples: His proposed 35% tariff-like penalties would instigate a trade war that would raise prices for consumers, kill export jobs, and lead entrepreneurs and businesses to flee America. His tax plan, in combination with his refusal to reform entitlements and to honestly address spending would balloon the deficit and the national debt. So even as Donald Trump has offered very few specific economic plans, what little he has said is enough to know that he would be very bad for American workers and for American families.
We pointed this out in a newspaper editorial two weeks ago, when we said, “Trump has proposed huge tariffs on imported goods — similar to those imposed by the Smoot-Hawley Act of 1930 that helped deepen and lengthen the Great Depression — that would raise prices for everyone and would likely start a tariff war that would kill American workers’ jobs by slashing exports.”
And we noted that Trump was once for privatization of Social Security, but now opposes any changes whatsoever as the system slides toward bankruptcy. Also, the Tax Foundation calculates that Trump’s tax proposal would increase the federal government’s deficit by $10 trillion.
Romney also blew holes in Trump’s claims to be successful businessman:
But wait, you say, isn’t he a huge business success that knows what he’s talking about? No he isn’t. His bankruptcies have crushed small businesses and the men and women who worked for them. He inherited his business, he didn’t create it. And what ever happened to Trump Airlines? How about Trump University? And then there’s Trump Magazine and Trump Vodka and Trump Steaks, and Trump Mortgage? A business genius he is not.
We noted in a newspaper column back in October that Trump’s braggadocio about his business acumen was bogus. He claims to have a net worth of $10 billion after
building on an inheritance of half a million, though Forbes says his current net worth is closer to $4.5 billion and analysts say that if the brilliant businessman had simply invested in stocks he’d be worth $20 billion today. He also dismissed his corporate bankruptcies that cost investors real money.
Fully 67 percent of Nevada Republicans polled at that time said Trump would do the best job of handling the economy. “Trump has managed to sell his sizzle even though he has no steak,” I related, not intentionally referring to the failure of Trump Steaks.
But Romney struck a chord that I wish I had addressed earlier, the example Trump sets for our children and grandchildren.
“Think of Donald Trump’s personal qualities, the bullying, the greed, the showing off, the misogyny, the absurd third grade theatrics. …” Romney said. “Now imagine your children and your grandchildren acting the way he does. Will you welcome that?”
As for character, or lack thereof, Romney noted that Trump has bragged about his marital affairs and laces his public speeches with vulgarity. Not exactly a shining example to hold up to our children and grandchildren.
The speech also mentioned that Trump would twist the Constitution to limit First Amendment freedom of the press by opening up libel law. On this topic, I noted a week ago that, like most bullies, Trump can dish it out but he can’t take it.
Never mind that the Supreme Court in N.Y. Times v. Sullivan held: “A State cannot, under the First and Fourteenth Amendments, award damages to a public official for defamatory falsehood relating to his official conduct unless he proves ‘actual malice’ — that the statement was made with knowledge of its falsity or with reckless disregard of whether it was true or false.” But Trump never lets case law or the Constitution get in the way of one of his rants. Apparently, like Obama, he would do this via executive fiat. Not how the system is supposed to work.
Another good line from Romney: “Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud. His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University. He’s playing the American public for suckers: He gets a free ride to the White House and all we get is a lousy hat.”
Romney summed up his speech by noting that Trump’s economic policies would lead to recession and his foreign policies to an unsafe world. “He has neither the temperament nor the judgment to be president,” he said.
Welcome to the party, Mr. Romney, we can only hope it is not too late.