Donald Trump dismissed Mitt Romney’s disparaging remarks Tuesday, unleashing a characteristic barrage of insults at the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, calling him “a disaster” and saying he’s irrelevant to the current Republican debate.
Mr. Trump, speaking at a rally in Maine, said Mr. Romney was “a choke artist” who blew a winnable race in 2012 and was too scared to try again this year, knowing he’d have to face off against Mr. Trump.
“Mitt is a failed candidate,” Mr. Trump said.
His remarks came just hours after Mr. Romney, speaking in Utah, declared verbal war on Mr. Trump, saying he’d be a threat to national security and would send the country careening into an economic recession if he were to win the White House.
“Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud. His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University,” the 2012 candidate said — though he has not endorsed anyone else in the race.