Mitt Romney launched a broadside against Donald Trump’s surging campaign on Thursday, calling the man who wishes to succeed him as the GOP’s presidential nominee a “phony” and a “fraud” who is playing Americans for “suckers.”
The 2016 front-runner fired back, calling Romney a “failed candidate” who begged him for his endorsement when he ran four years ago. Trump indeed endorsed Romney in the 2012 race.
Romney, though, delivered a scathing speech at the University of Utah about the prospect of a Trump presidency, in what amounted to perhaps the most full-throated effort yet by a member of the so-called Republican establishment to thwart Trump’s march to the nomination.
As one businessman to another, Romney even mocked Trump’s record of building companies, rattling off some of his lesser-known ventures like Trump Mortgage and saying he’d be bad for American workers.
“A business genius he is not,” he said.