Romney belatedly calls out Trump as a phony, a fraud and a failure

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

Romney addresses Trump’s lack of qualifications to be president. (AP photo)

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.

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41 comments on “Romney belatedly calls out Trump as a phony, a fraud and a failure

  1. Nyp says:

    But you – and Romney – had no problem when he was accusing the President of being a Kenyan-born Muslim. In fact, Romney was proud to receive Trump’s endorsement.

  2. Vernon Clayson says:

    If ROmney had been as critical and angry when running against Obama he would likely be president now, looking at a second administration. No one looks at Romney as an elder statesman for the Republican party, his complaints make him look like a sore loser, he didn’t lose to Trump, he lost to Obama, a nonentity with no leadership experience and certainly no experience in private enterprise as a job holder or employer. Romney wasn’t this angry when Harry Reid said he hadn’t paid taxes in 10 years. Let’s hear what Romney has to say about Hillary Clinton, not a fellow Republican.

  3. nyp says:

    What I especially like is the idea of a guy whose father was a governor and the CEO of an automobile manufacturer attacking Trump for not being a self-made man.

  4. Bruce Feher says:

    Explain this Mitt!

  5. Here is what Romney said about Hillary Clinton:

    “On Hillary Clinton’s watch at the State Department, America’s interests were diminished in every corner of the world. She compromised our national secrets, dissembled to the families of the slain, and jettisoned her most profound beliefs to gain presidential power.

    “For the last three decades, the Clintons have lived at the intersection of money and politics, trading their political influence to enrich their personal finances. They embody the term “crony capitalism.” It disgusts the American people and causes them to lose faith in our political process.

    “A person so untrustworthy and dishonest as Hillary Clinton must not become president. But a Trump nomination enables her victory. The audio and video of the infamous Tapper-Trump exchange on the Ku Klux Klan will play a hundred thousand times on cable and who knows how many million times on social media.”

  6. nyp says:

    Thanks, Bruce!

  7. nyp says:

    Meanwhile, back in the real world …
    “A new report released today finds that the provisions of the Affordable Care Act have resulted in an estimated 20 million people gaining health insurance coverage between the passage of the law in 2010 and early 2016—an historic reduction in the uninsured. Those provisions include Medicaid expansion, Health Insurance Marketplace coverage, and changes in private insurance that allow young adults to stay on their parent’s health insurance plans and require plans to cover people with pre-existing health conditions.”
    http://tinyurl.com/zjwvptj

  8. nyp says:

    I think the last word here ought to go to the 2008 GOP nominee for Vice President of the United States:

    “The “machine’s” deception and nonsensical attack on Trump isn’t really an attack on the candidate, it’s an attack on conscientious, hardworking, patriotic Americans who know we need a revolution to stop the complicit politicians who are fundamentally transforming America. We found the revolutionary.

    “Donald Trump is the shock the Permanent Political Class needs to wake them up… to destroy their selfish cabal… to respect the will of the people… to make America safe and solvent… to make America great again.

    “Don’t take the bait, Mr. Trump. It’s not about you. It’s about us. And we’ve got your back.”

  9. Steve says:

    Donald Trump is a perfect example of “be careful what you ask for, you might just get it!”

  10. Steve says:

    Two things for Nyp.

    One) you claimed you don’t do video, today you showed that to be a falsehood.

    Two) (this one is lengthy.
    Just prior to my period of unemployment I received a moderate 5 figure inheritance which (coupled with my already significant rainy day savings) would have covered a five year period of unemployment.
    The interesting thing about this was ACA in 2016, due to the fact savings were all after tax and inheritance is not taxable (under the 5.43 million cutoff), the state of Nevada was pushing me to go on Medicaid!
    I did some reading and (if I read it right) had I used any services under Medicaid then taken employment (as I have) I would then have been on the hook for the full cost of any procedures I needed while on Medicaid. (Phew! THAT could have been hugely costly)
    As things stand I believe I will be held up to pay back the subsidy I qualified for by “estimating” my income for this coming year….based on what? I was unemployed, there was no way to base anything on anything.
    So, what happens here is I am about to be punished for obtaining gainful employment! Damned good thing it should be only a few months of premium payments.
    I terminated coverage as of Mar 31 because a “life change” requires me to enter huge amounts of info and cancels the current policy anyway!

    Good thing you got work, congratulations on your good future. Now bend over and fork over several thousand dollars for your ACA “help”….

    Good thing I didn’t let them talk me into Medicaid…..THAT could have wiped out my entire nest egg.

  11. nyp says:

    1. I just cut and pasted from Saint Sarah’s Facebook page — didn’t even know the video was linked, and, of course, haven’t played it.
    2. I can’t follow your personal tale of woe, but I am sure it is a very sympathetic story.

  12. If only Mitt had demonstrated this kind of “fire in the belly” when he was backed into a corner by Candy Crowley and Barack Obama in the second presidential debate of 2012, we may not be having this conversation. And while we’re at it…Mitt’s conservative bona fides are as questionable as Trumps. If Trump legitimately wins the nomination…any subterfuge at the convention to deny him that prize will spell the demise and self destruction of the party…period.

  13. nyp says:

    I for one am grateful to Mittens for coming up with the policy proposals that we liberals borrowed in enacting ObamaCare.

  14. Steve says:

    Accepting gainful employment is a tail of woe…..Nyp is such a positive thinking liberal, a perfect example of his peeps.

    ACA actually encourages people with money to stay out of work! All the way to the point of wanting to place me on medicaid!

    Simple enough this time, Nyp?

  15. Steve says:

    And, Nyp, you thanked Bruce for his video!

    Falsehoods and deflection….the liberal way.

  16. nyp says:

    I dunno. Employment is up; unemployment is down, and 20 million more Americans now have high-quality, affordable health insurance. Seems like a pretty good system.

  17. Steve says:

    Great for those who want to live off it.

    I couldn’t, the stress of daily not working was like a heart attack. Every day. Comes from working my whole adult life, the “great recession” downsized me twice.

    Telling you again, people with 6 figure investment accounts could be placed on Medicaid under the right conditions.
    Inheritance money is exempt from tax. Saved money after taxes is not income. A good balance of gain vs loss would let some people get free health care while being included in the 1% you peeps would love to soak to pay for everything.

    Talk about loopholes, that one was a doozy, the state representative admitted the law simply does not cover people with my particular situation at the time.
    Downsized with an inheritance = free healthcare (for the one percent) under the ACA.
    Poor people have to pay.

  18. Rincon says:

    Would your Medicaid adventure have been any different before Obamacare?

  19. Steve says:

    There was no medicaid for me before ACA, Rincon.
    ACA changed it.

  20. Steve says:

    ACA created a huge loophole for the “one percent” while ensuring everyone else would pay into it, especially those who it was supposedly meant to “help” by making them spend money they don’t have.

    Interesting those who have money can get free medicaid while those who don’t have money are forced to pay.

    Good law.

  21. nyp says:

    Yet another strong month of private sector job growth: 242,000 new jobs created in February. December & January job numbers revised upwards. Unemployment below 5%.

    I blame that job-crushing ObamaCare.

  22. Rincon says:

    So you don’t like the change in Medicaid status with Obamacare, therefore the whole system needs to be junked. Why didn’t the same logic apply about the old system, which held me hostage to one insurance policy whose premiums kept going up because of a preexisting condition? If it’s broken, fix it. There’s a Republican Congress to do just that. Going back to the past solves nothing.

  23. nyp says:

    BTW, when does ObamaCare finally destroy America?

  24. Steve says:

    This is what I get for pointing out an obvious loophole in the law;

    ” therefore the whole system needs to be junked. Why didn’t the same logic apply about the old system, which held me hostage to one insurance policy whose premiums kept going up because of a preexisting condition?”

    None of that is what I said, but maybe you don’t care about giving free stuff to billionaires!
    Maybe this is THE reason you peeps so LOVE and DEFEND ACA! You are living off it!

    Snark aside, Rincon. You misinterpret what I say. And it actually has me bothered several ways;
    1) What do we do with people who have been laid off and now have no insurance while looking for new employment? (ACA provides for a 3 month lapse in coverage with no penalty, it took me 5 months to find something good, but if I hadn’t had such good bank, I would have taken one of the things I turned down and I turned down a bunch of lowball offers)
    2) People who have been downsized, but managed to save enough so they don’t need to take unemployment (Like me. I never took it. We lived on my savings), do we punish them by not allowing any subsidies? Do we force them to take COBRA? Both these things would wipe them out in weeks rather allow them months or years to locate new employment.
    (Note on that, another coworker from Eastman Kodak was out of work 15 months before taking a new job with Noritsu America)
    3) when I finally did take a job, what will happen to the subsidies I benefited from under ACA? Do I now get punished for taking the job? Will I now have to pay full boat back via my tax return for 2016? How much do I need to set aside to cover this?
    NONE of these things are available for people like me and after the recession, there are a LOT of us.

    This is real stuff, not fantasy, not politics.
    These are lives the law is playing around with.

  25. Barbara says:

    Getting back on topic…

    If Romney truly believed Trump is a “”fraud, con artist, and has neither the temperament or judgment to be President”, he would be endorsing Cruz. Cruz is the only candidate that has a shot at winninng the race outright.

    Instead Romney is making the play for a brokered convention. He knows neither Rubio nor Kasich can possibly win the nomination, so why not rally behind the one candidate who still has a shot to defeat Trump?

    The fact that he is not willing to endorse Cruz means, in the end, he has decided Trump would be better to have as President than Cruz. By advocating for a brokered convention, it is the only way to stop Cruz.

    In a 2 man race, Cruz would handily defeat Trump and win the nomination outright. The establishment knows this, hence Rubio and Kasich will stay in as long as possible – not to defeat Trump, but to stop Cruz. If Carson had dropped out before the SEC, Cruz probably would have won Arkansas.

    Romney and Trump – both con artists. Neither speaks the whole truth and both have a real problem letting go of power.

  26. Rincon says:

    I may be ignorant of some of the finer points of ACA, Steve. Perhaps you can clarify for me:

    “1) What do we do with people who have been laid off and now have no insurance while looking for new employment? (ACA provides for a 3 month lapse in coverage with no penalty, it took me 5 months to find something good, but if I hadn’t had such good bank, I would have taken one of the things I turned down and I turned down a bunch of lowball offers)”

    Doesn’t ACA cover unemployed people indefinitely or are they shunted to Medicaid after 3 months? If they go to Medicaid, how does it differ from ACA coverage”

    “2) People who have been downsized, but managed to save enough so they don’t need to take unemployment (Like me. I never took it. We lived on my savings), do we punish them by not allowing any subsidies? Do we force them to take COBRA? Both these things would wipe them out in weeks rather allow them months or years to locate new employment.
    (Note on that, another coworker from Eastman Kodak was out of work 15 months before taking a new job with Noritsu America)”

    Are ACA subsidies determined by net worth or income? If one or the other is low, do they deny you or would you be shunted to Medicaid?

    “3) when I finally did take a job, what will happen to the subsidies I benefited from under ACA? Do I now get punished for taking the job? Will I now have to pay full boat back via my tax return for 2016? How much do I need to set aside to cover this?”

    I would think that the proper way to run it would be to subsidize you while you were unemployed and then remove the subsidy if your paychecks are great enough. Is this not how it’s done?

    Seems to me that ADA and Medicaid could easily be melded into one system. Subsidies would just be 100% for those with no income and/or wealth. It would be simpler than two separate systems with two different sets of rules.

  27. Steve says:

    “Are ACA subsidies determined by net worth or income?”
    Income. (that is why I qualified for subsidies, inheritance under $5.43 million, and savings are not taxable income.)

    “Doesn’t ACA cover unemployed people indefinitely or are they shunted to Medicaid after 3 months?”
    A two part question.
    ACA may SUBSIDIZE people indefinitely (they still pay a portion of the premium) but it requires people to avail themselves of their employers insurance if it exists. Therefore ACA does not cover people who take employment. (People in my situation could qualify for Medicaid, the 1%r’s could love this loophole)
    The three month “window” allows people to be uninsured with no tax penalty. It has nothing to do with Medicaid.

    “I would think that the proper way to run it would be to subsidize you while you were unemployed and then remove the subsidy if your paychecks are great enough.”
    From what I read, I will have to pay all the subsidies back to the government via my 2016 tax filing. Had I actually accepted Medicaid, I would have been on the hook for the full retail price of any medical services rendered while on Medicaid under ACA. (Ouch, baby)

    “Seems to me that ADA (sic) and Medicaid could easily be melded into one system. Subsidies would just be 100% for those with no income and/or wealth. It would be simpler than two separate systems with two different sets of rules.”
    Trouble here is you now punish people who save for the rainy day as opposed to people who save nothing. Now you actually tell people to save nothing in case of employment loss.
    Seems to me that is a really bad message to send.

  28. Spot on Barbara! Unfortunately…the slighted masses with pitchforks and torches are leaning towards a New York street brawler who will kick in the doors and knock over the tables in DC (or so he says), that is…when he’s not being “flexible.”

  29. A brokered convention could nominate Romney.

  30. Who would lose to Hillary and destroy the Party of Lincoln in the process…

  31. Steve says:

    Trump loses to Hillary….on purpose,,,,,as I have been saying all along.

  32. Romney would lose to Hillary and the Clinton machine…Trump would beat her.

  33. Patrick says:

    How many “republicans” support Hillary over Trump I wonder?

    Although, as I have said previously, Hillary is the “best” republican running.

  34. Barbara says:

    The Republican elites refuse to understand that the party as they have shaped it is over. All of their candidates have been firmly rejected. They are delusional if they think they can survive giving the nomination to anyone not currently running. Millions would either stay home (again), and not only would they lose the general, but also many downstream races.

    Let’s see how todays races shape up. Regardless, Cruz has decided to challenge Rubio in FL. I think he can run strong enough to keep him from winning. If Trump wins OH, Kasich will be out. Then how does the party justify not getting behind Cruz given Romney’s speech?

  35. Cruz has won the caucus in Kansas and the straw poll at CPAC…

  36. A Kansas poll that ended 3/3 had Trump winning by 6 points, but Cruz is leading by more than 25 points. Also ahead in Maine, but it is very, very early in the counting there.

  37. Steve says:

    Trump is running for Clinton, Brien. It’s the best campaign contribution a billionaire can give to a candidate, keep her opposition completely disorganized and off kilter.
    Trump is doing just that amazingly well.
    I’m a bit surprised you can’t see it.

  38. Sorry…but that’s one gambit or conspiracy theory that I’ve never adhered to…Trump is too big of an egomaniac to bow or bend to on the Clinton’s or anyone else’s behalf.

  39. Steve says:

    Precisely the reason I think he is really for Clinton.

    Power behind the public throne is what Trump will have if his plan works.

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