Two former Republican nominees for president are speaking out against Donald Trump is a way that has never been seen before, according to the New York Times. In speeches today, both Mitt Romney and John McCain, who ran in 2012 and 2008 respectively against President Barack Obama, warned fellow Republicans what a Trump presidency would look like.
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"Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud,” Mitt Romney said this morning at the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.
“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.”
That was actually the nice part of the speech about Trump. He continued to rip into Trump's foreign policy and his personality.
"Dishonesty is Trump's hallmark," Romney said, adding later, "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."
Romney, who is a businessman himself, also went after Trump's economic policies and business ventures, many of which failed.
"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," Romney said to applause: "A business genius he is not."
"Think of Donald Trump's personal qualities, the bullying, the greed, the showing off, the misogyny, the absurd third-grade theatrics," Romney posed to the audience.
Romney also said that a Trump nomination will lead to Hillary Clinton winning the presidency. "A person so untrustworthy and dishonest as Hillary Clinton must not become president. Of course, a Trump nomination enables her victory," Romney warned.
"Mr. Trump is directing our anger for less than noble purposes," Romney said, acknowledging the anger of American voters. "He creates scapegoats of Muslims and Mexican immigrants, he calls for the use of torture. He calls 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."
Senator John McCain responded quickly once Romney spoke:
“I share the concerns about Donald Trump that my friend and former Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, described in his speech today. I would also echo the many concerns about Mr. Trump’s uninformed and indeed dangerous statements on national security issues that have been raised by 65 Republican defense and foreign policy leaders."
“At a time when our world has never been more complex or more in danger, as we watch the threatening actions of a neo-imperial Russia, an assertive China, an expansionist Iran, an insane North Korean ruler, and terrorist movements that are metastasizing across the Middle East and Africa, I want Republican voters to pay close attention to what our party's most respected and knowledgeable leaders and national security experts are saying about Mr. Trump, and to think long and hard about who they want to be our next commander-in-chief and leader of the free world.”
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These comments came after his challenger for his re-election big, Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, said he wasn't standing up to Trump. In the ad, Trump's outrageous sayings were intercut with McCain saying he will support the Republican nominee, whoever he is.