Following the unprecedented Romney roundhouse kick to Trump’s character, The Donald is about to rebuff “the loser.” As John McCain backs Romney’s rant, it appears yesterday’s Koch Borthers, Icahn, Murdoch mega-donor call for a truce has been broken as Trump prepares to return fire against “failed candidate Romney” and his establishment cronies.
GOP frontrunner Donald Trump responded to former Mitt Romney’s broadside on Thursday by saying the candidate “begged” for his endorsement.
“He was begging for my endorsement,” Trump said at a rally later in the day in Portland, Maine.
“I could’ve said ‘Mitt, drop to your knees.’ He was begging me,” he added.
Trump was referring to the 2012 race for president in which Romney, the GOP nominee that year, sought Trump’s endorsement.
But if they wre friendly four years ago, that relationship has clearly deteriorated. Earlier Thursday, Romney gave a fairly unprecedented speech in which he railed against Trump, whom he called a “fraud,” “con man,” “phony,” and “fake,” among other things.
“His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University,” Romney jabbed. “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.”
Throughout his speech in Maine, Trump repeatedly and extensively lashed back out at Romney.
“Mitt is a failed candidate, he failed badly,” Trump said. “That is a race that should have been won.”
He repeatedly called Romney a “choke artist” throughout the speech, an insult he’s used against Marco Rubio, a top Trump rival for the 2016 nomination.
“He’s a choke artist, I started hitting him so hard,” Trump said.
“We can’t take another loss. He choked, he choked like nobody I’ve ever seen except for Rubio,” he continued.
At other points in his speech, Trump called Romney a “disaster” candidate in 2012. The billionaire businessman then mentioned a fundraiser he held for Romney that “ruined” his carpet. Trump said Romney did not compensate him for the damages.
“Hey maybe I can send Mitt a bill for ‘carpet ruined.'” Trump quipped.
Trump also called out Romney for turning on him after their 2012 endorsement event.
“He came out, it was very nasty, I thought he was a better person than that,” Trump said of Romney’s speech on Thursday. “So you help somebody, and then he turns. Now, I will say this. He probably had a right to turn, because nobody could’ve been nastier in getting him not to run [again, in 2016] than me.”
He added that Romney “doesn’t have what it takes to be president.”