"Shut your piehole!" Yeah, those aren't glamorous words, but the fact remains that no one wants to hear from the man who lost to the man who lost to Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro Sobarkah. Yet, Mitt Romney doesn't seem to want to go away from the national stage. On Thursday, he will engage in what can only be said to be open hypocrisy on his part as he launched into a tirade against GOP frontrunner Donald Trump.
According to the Associated Press, Romney will speak at the University of Utah on Thursday Morning. The AP obtained excerpts from the speech, in which Romney calls Trump a "phony" and a "fraud," whose "promises area as worthless as a degree from Trump University."
I wonder who is actually behind this speech. Could it be GOP establishment types like Karl Rove? Perhaps Marco Rubio called in a favor to Romney.
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Romney has alleged there is a "bombshell" in Trump's tax returns. Senator Ted Cruz has done the same, suggesting Trump has ties to the Mafia. Both have speculated without any evidence. I find it amazing that a man that wants to abolish the IRS would bring up tax returns, but that's politics for you.
"Here's what I know: Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud," Romney will state, according to excerpts of his speech.
AP failed to provide reasons for the claim from Romney. Perhaps, Romney doesn't provide specifics in the speech, but wants you to trust him, just like you did in 2012.
Now, I'm not a Trump supporter, but I find it completely amazing that a two time loser will actually have any credibility when it comes to speaking on political issues.
Let me demonstrate some of Romney's hypocrisy when it comes to Donald Trump.
In February 2012, listen to Romney come out in favor of Donald Trump.
"Donald Trump has shown an extraordinary ability to understand how our economy works and to create jobs, he has done it in Nevada and across the country," he said in a press conference in February. "He is one of the few people who stood up and said China has taken jobs from Americans. We believe in free trade but we have to have a President to stand up and not allow people to cheat day in and day out."
Doesn't sound like Romney is making the "phony, fraud" pitch does it? It sounds like he is on board with Donald Trump! It also sounds like he's a backstabbing hypocrite. But that's not all. While the GOP does not quite have a nominee yet, Romney, like so many "conservatives" has said he would support the GOP nominee.
When asked if he would support Donald Trump, Romney said, "I will support the Republican nominee. I don't think that's going to be Donald Trump."
"Why not?" he was asked.
"My party, historically, has nominated a mainstream conservative," Romney replied.
Mainstream conservative? Surely you jest Mr. Romney! Let's take a look at just how conservative Mitt Romney actually was or is, shall we?
Running for MA Governor: "My views are progressive."
Mitt Romney: "I think people recognize that I'm not a partisan Republican, that I'm someone who is moderate, and that my views are progressive."
Romney's views are "Like an Etch-a-Sketch"
Mitt Romney's press spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom: "I think you hit a re-set button for the fall campaign. Everything changes. It's almost like an Etch-A-Sketch. You shake it up and we start all over again."
Romney's DC Money Hunt
Mitt Romney: "I'm a big believer in getting the money where the money is. And the money is in Washington!"
Mitt Romney: "I will preserve and protect a woman's right to choose and am dedicated to honoring my word in this regard."
Mitt Romney: "Look, I ws an independent under Reagan-Bush. I'm not trying to return to Reagan-Bush."
Romney's illegal immigration problem
Mitt Romney: "At the end of that period, registering to become a citizen...and paying a fee are things that are being considered and I think those are reasonable proposals"
Mitt Romney: "We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts. I support them. I won't chip away at them."
Romney: "I feel that all people should be allowed to participate in the Boy Scouts regardless of their sexual orientation."
Mass. Health Care bill - partnering with Ted Kennedy
Romney: "Senator Kennedy, together we pitched the secretaries on our visions to insure all our citizens and on the need for federal support. His work was absolutely essential."
Health Care mandates
Fox News Bret Baier: "You did say on camera, at times you thought it would be a model for the nation." Romney: "You're wrong, Bret. No, no, Bret."
Health Care - predicts nationwide mandates!
Romney: "Those who follow the path that we pursued will find that it's the best path. And we'll end up with a nation that's taken a mandate approach."
Health Care - RomneyCare vs ObamaCare
White House spokesman: "It's ironic that Romney is criticizing the President for pursuing a policy that is virtually identical to the one he had."
Mitt Romney pans the Contract with America
Romney: "In my view, it is not a good idea to go into a contract like what was organized by the Republican Party in Washington."
(October 27,1994, 5 days before Republicans win the US House!)
"Severely conservative governor"
Romney: "I was a SEVERELY CONSERVATIVE Republican Governor."
Climate change flip-flop
Romney #1: "I believe that the world is getting warmer. I believe humans contribute to that."
Romney #2: "We don't know what's causing climate change...and the idea of spending trillions of dollars to reduce CO2 emissions is not the right course.
National Rifle Association (NRA)
Romney: "I don't line up with the NRA."
I would have signed the assault weapons ban
Martin Luther King
Romney: "I saw my father march with Martin Luther King."
Martin Luther King - Romney pulls a Clinton
(The meaning of "saw") Romney: "I've tried to be as accurate as I can be . . . If you look in the dictionary, the term "saw" includes being aware of...I did not see it with my own eyes."
Find our for yourself more about the real record of Mitt Romney at MassResistance.
However, many of those same people who told you to hold your nose and vote Dole, McCain, and Romney are now backing off supporting Donald Trump should he get the nomination.
Honestly, I don't question that Donald Trump thinks he will make America great again. I think he really believes that, but the problem is that he doesn't seem to know what made America great in the first place, and sadly neither do any of the eligible candidates from the major two parties.
With that said, Mitt, why don't you just stay home with your family and enjoy the rest of your days, and while you're at it, repent of the wicked doctrine you embrace that relegates the Savior of the world to a spirit brother of the devil, exalts man as a god and lowers God to a man. No one cares what you have to say. That would be wise council for you Sir.
UPDATE: to announce my candidacy for office. I am not going to endorse a candidate today. Instead, I would like to offer my perspective on the nominating process of my party. In 1964, days before the presidential election which, incidentally, we lost, Ronald Reagan went on national television and challenged America saying that it was a "Time for Choosing." He saw two paths for America, one that embraced conservative principles dedicated to lifting people out of poverty and helping create opportunity for all, and the other, an oppressive government that would lead America down a darker, less free path. I'm no Ronald Reagan and this is a different moment but I believe with all my heart and soul that we face another time for choosing, one that will have profound consequences for the Republican Party and more importantly, for the country.
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I say this in part because of my conviction that America is poised to lead the world for another century. Our technology engines, our innovation dynamic, and the ambition and skill of our people will propel our economy and raise our standard of living. America will remain as it is today, the envy of the world.
Warren Buffett was 100% right when he said last week that "the babies being born in America today are the luckiest crop in history."
That doesn't mean we don't have real problems and serious challenges. At home, poverty persists and wages are stagnant. The horrific massacres of Paris and San Bernardino, the nuclear ambitions of the Iranian mullahs, the aggressions of Putin, the growing assertiveness of China and the nuclear tests of North Korea confirm that we live in troubled and dangerous times.
But if we make the right choices, America's future will be even better than our past and better than our present.
On the other hand, if we make improvident choices, the bright horizon I foresee will never materialize. Let me put it plainly, if we Republicans choose Donald Trump as our nominee, the prospects for a safe and prosperous future are greatly diminished.
Let me explain why.
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.
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.
Now not every policy Donald Trump has floated is bad. He wants to repeal and replace Obamacare. He wants to bring jobs home from China and Japan. But his prescriptions to do these things are flimsy at best. At the last debate, all he could remember about his healthcare plan was to remove insurance boundaries between states. Successfully bringing jobs home requires serious policy and reforms that make America the place businesses want to plant and grow. You can't punish business into doing the things you want. Frankly, the only serious policy proposals that deal with the broad range of national challenges we confront, come today from Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and John Kasich. One of these men should be our nominee.
I know that some people want the race to be over. They look at history and say a trend like Mr. Trump's isn't going to be stopped.
Perhaps. But the rules of political history have pretty much all been shredded during this campaign. If the other candidates can find common ground, I believe we can nominate a person who can win the general election and who will represent the values and policies of conservatism. Given the current delegate selection process, this means that I would vote for Marco Rubio in Florida, for John Kasich in Ohio, and for Ted Cruz or whichever one of the other two contenders has the best chance of beating Mr. Trump in a given state.
Let me turn to national security and the safety of our homes and loved ones. Trump's bombast is already alarming our allies and fueling the enmity of our enemies. Insulting all Muslims will keep many of them from fully engaging with us in the urgent fight against ISIS. And for what purpose? Muslim terrorists would only have to lie about their religion to enter the country.
What he said on “60 Minutes” about Syria and ISIS has to go down as the most ridiculous and dangerous idea of the campaign season: Let ISIS take out Assad, he said, and then we can pick up the remnants. Think about that: Let the most dangerous terror organization the world has ever known take over a country? This is recklessness in the extreme.
Donald Trump tells us that he is very, very smart. I'm afraid that when it comes to foreign policy he is very, very not smart.
I am far from the first to conclude that Donald Trump lacks the temperament of be president. After all, this is an individual who mocked a disabled reporter, who attributed a reporter's questions to her menstrual cycle, who mocked a brilliant rival who happened to be a woman due to her appearance, who bragged about his marital affairs, and who laces his public speeches with vulgarity.
Donald Trump says he admires Vladimir Putin, while has called George W. Bush a liar. That is a twisted example of evil trumping good.
There is dark irony in his boasts of his sexual exploits during the Vietnam War while John McCain, whom he has mocked, was imprisoned and tortured.
Dishonesty is Trump's hallmark: He claimed that he had spoken clearly and boldly against going into Iraq. Wrong, he spoke in favor of invading Iraq. He said he saw thousands of Muslims in New Jersey celebrating 9/11. Wrong, he saw no such thing. He imagined it. His is not the temperament of a stable, thoughtful leader. His imagination must not be married to real power.
The President of the United States has long been the leader of the free world. The president and yes the nominees of the country's great parties help define America to billions of people. All of them bear the responsibility of being an example 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. We have long referred to him as "The Donald." He is the only person in America to whom we have added an article before his name. It wasn't because he had attributes we admired.
Now imagine your children and your grandchildren acting the way he does. Will you welcome that? Haven't we seen before what happens when people in prominent positions fail the basic responsibility of honorable conduct? We have, and it always injures our families and our country.
Watch how he responds to my speech today. Will he talk about our policy differences or will he attack me with every imaginable low road insult? This may tell you what you need to know about his temperament, his stability, and his suitability to be president.
Trump relishes any poll that reflects what he thinks of himself. But polls are also saying that he will lose to 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.
There are a number of people who claim that Mr. Trump is a con man, a fake. There is indeed evidence of that. Mr. Trump has changed his positions not just over the years, but over the course of the campaign, and on the Ku Klux Klan, daily for three days in a row.
We will only really know if he is the real deal or a phony if he releases his tax returns and the tape of his interview with the New York Times. I predict that there are more bombshells in his tax returns. I predict that he doesn't give much if anything to the disabled and to our veterans. I predict that he told the New York Times that his immigration talk is just that: talk. And I predict that despite his promise to do so, first made over a year ago, he will never ever release his tax returns. Never. Not the returns under audit, not even the returns that are no longer being audited. He has too much to hide. Nor will he authorize the Times to release the tapes. If I'm right, you will have all the proof you need to know that Donald Trump is a phony.
Attacking me as he surely will won't prove him any less of a phony. It's entirely in his hands to prove me wrong. All he has to do is to release his back taxes like he promised he would, and let us hear what he said behind closed doors to the New York Times.
Ronald Reagan used to quote a Scottish philosopher who predicted that democracies and civilizations couldn't last more than about 200 years. John Adams wrote this: "Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide." I believe that America has proven these dire predictions wrong for two reasons.
First, we have been blessed with great presidents, with giants among us. Men of character, integrity and selflessness have led our nation from its very beginning. None were perfect: each surely made mistakes. But in every case, they acted out of the desire to do what was right for America and for freedom.
The second reason is because we are blessed with a great people, people who at every critical moment of choosing have put the interests of the country above their own.
These two things are related: our presidents time and again have called on us to rise to the occasion. John F. Kennedy asked us to consider what we could do for our country. Lincoln drew upon the better angels of our nature to save the union.
I understand the anger Americans feel today. In the past, our presidents have channeled that anger, and forged it into resolve, into endurance and high purpose, and into the will to defeat the enemies of freedom. Our anger was transformed into energy directed for good.
Mr. Trump is directing our anger for less than noble purposes. He creates scapegoats of Muslims and Mexican immigrants, he calls for the use of torture and for killing the innocent children and family members of terrorists. He cheers assaults on protesters. He applauds the prospect of twisting the Constitution to limit first amendment freedom of the press. This is the very brand of anger that has led other nations into the abyss.
Here's what I know. 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.
His domestic policies would lead to recession. His foreign policies would make America and the world less safe. He has neither the temperament nor the judgment to be president. And his personal qualities would mean that America would cease to be a shining city on a hill.
America has greatness ahead. This is a time for choosing. God bless us to choose a nominee who will make that vision a reality.