Romney will call Trump 'phony,' according to NBC correspondent

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  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    March 3, 2016 12:37 p.m.

    Prediction: The GOP will not nominate Trump as their candidate and Trump will break and run on a third party ticket and split the conservative vote and we will get 4 more years of Obama (Clinton). It happened to the Democrats when Ron Paul did the same thing! Trump has already threatened this action!

  • james d. morrison Boise, ID
    March 3, 2016 9:57 a.m.

    Romney is 100% correct.
    Romney didn't choke in 2012. Beating Obama when he was revered by all Democrats who would never switch is near impossible when you have whiny ultra right Republicans sitting out the election because Romney supposedly wasn't conservative enough, though the primary hurt him because it made him look too conservative to the general populace. Add to that, the narrative of the election was hijacked by a couple of senators who talked about "real rape" and extreme positions on abortion that fueled the accusations of a war on women and galvanized the left.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    March 3, 2016 9:34 a.m.

    Henry Drummond,

    "All Romney will accomplish with this speech is to fire up Trump's base. He's insulting the voters who have cast ballots for him and solidifying his status as an outsider."

    I don’t think Romney is insulting the voters. He’s going after the pied piper himself before he woos more voters over a cliff into the abyss. Trump’s predictable response to Romney will be to flee to Twitter as the seasoned Internet troll he’s become and fire off more abusive tweets to stoke flames of fear and anger.

    Yes, there is risk in calling out Trump. But keeping silence poses the greater risk. Trump has been successful in intimidating critics into retreat. He needs to be faced down and exposed by those who have the courage and fortitude to stand their ground.

  • Willard Smith Will, IL
    March 3, 2016 9:31 a.m.

    The Republican and Democratic Parties are finally getting exactly what they deserve.

    The Democratic party primaries are about half the numbers of previous years.

    The Republican party is getting a lot of cross-overs and they are supporting Trump rather than the "establishment candidates."

    And should we be surprised?

    For decades the main political parties have enticed their members to elect or re-elect their candidates, and then ignored the voters after the votes were cast. The Democrats have ignored or played down the unemployment, playing with the numbers in ways that would have been denounced if the GOP had done it. "Everything is just peachy economically," according to the Democratic party.

    On the other hand, Republican voters have put into office people who also immediately turn around and ignore the desires of their constitutions: immigration, war, crime, etc. It is compromise or cave-ins.

    Doesn't matter whether Trump is the Republican candidate and Clinton the Democratic candidate. This is the end of the two parties as they are currently organized. Something new is going to happen on each side.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    March 3, 2016 9:28 a.m.

    "Cruz is a Liar." - Donald Trump
    "Rubio is a Liar." - Donald Trump
    "Romney is a Stiff." - Donald Trump
    "Trump is a Con Man." - Marco Rubio
    "Trump is a Phony and a Fraud." - Mitt Romney

    Since the pre-Reagan days, I have have not seen this many honest-to-goodness facts recited by so many different Republican politicians in such a short period of time.


  • Bob A. Bohey Marlborough, MA
    March 3, 2016 9:26 a.m.

    Truth-is-Reason wrote: "Trump is a dangerous fraud who is making fools out of an inordinate number of so-called conservatives."

    So called conservative have repeatedly shown that they need no assistance from Trump.

  • Silver Stingray St. George, UT
    March 3, 2016 9:25 a.m.

    That will convince them Mitt, just like you convinced everyone to vote for you in 2012. Yeah, that will do it!

  • FanOfTheSith Vernal, UT
    March 3, 2016 9:17 a.m.

    "There is food around the corner, food around the corner, food around the corner for me." This is getting awesomely interesting folks. Hillary and Bernie are laughing so hard with this "Laurel and Hardy" film, currently playing on every TV and computer gadget screen. I think at this point, the RNC is a little too late to do anything except to publicly announced it to the country and the world, that they have forced Trump or paid him off not to be the nominee. Either way, we better start welcoming either Hillary or Bernie to be the next CIC. I also think that the possibility of having a third party ticket has increased quite a bit.

  • Kent C. DeForrest Provo, UT
    March 3, 2016 9:10 a.m.

    More name-calling from the GOP. What else is new?

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    March 3, 2016 9:06 a.m.

    All Romney will accomplish with this speech is to fire up Trump's base. He's insulting the voters who have cast ballots for him and solidifying his status as an outsider.

  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    March 3, 2016 9:03 a.m.

    So we're all now throwing stones at Mitt for stating what should be obvious to all but the most blind, drunk, or confused 'Murrican citizens? Look, you may think Obama is a terrible president, or you may think W was a terrible president. You may think Mitt would've been a great one, a lousy one, or a mediocre one. You may think Hillary is a liar, or W was a liar . . pretty much everyone any of you didn't vote for is a liar, right?

    I personally believe every major candidate in every general election of my voting lifetime (I'm 44), plus the prominent third-party candidates, all genuinely wanted to do a great job for the country. That's not nothing. Trump is the first candidate who is clearly, transparently, and unapologetically, all about himself. He's laughing at the GOP, and many of you lap it up with the reasoning that "at least he's not Hillary." Incredible.

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    March 3, 2016 8:41 a.m.

    To paraphrase the great philosopher, Archie Bunker - "Mitt, stifle yerself."

  • jajadad Mesa, AZ
    March 3, 2016 8:28 a.m.

    We are witnessing the self destruction of the Republican Party. It will never be the same. And Hillary is laughing all the way to the White House. There is complete chaos going on and whatever the Republicans do to try to change it, well, it's just too little, too late. They could not have ever dreamed a scenario where Trump would be winning like this. I'm not really so sure that it's just an outright insurrection directed at congress and its inability to get anything done. Trump has effectively stirred the pot and is winning. At some point, if the party can't stand Hillary, they will have to get behind one nominee and that appears to be Trump. I sure don't see that happening. By 3/15, this thing will be all but over and at that point, it will get very ugly. And Hillary won't even need to run an ad.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    March 3, 2016 8:17 a.m.

    The one constant is knowing that Trump's reaction to criticism is to berate and denigrate his critics as a loser, the worst ever, disgusting, etc. Trump's reactions to criticism of any kind are so predictable I could write his lines for him ahead of time. So could anyone.

  • mominthetrenches South Jordan, Utah
    March 3, 2016 8:16 a.m.

    Mitt, please take the higher road and be the wise, older, former GOP candidate we can all look to for sage advice. Republican party, can't see that the majority of their shareholders (US citizens), are upset by their mentality or Trump wouldn't be doing as well as he is. There is no one to blame but the voters, and sorry, sometimes the truth hurts.

  • christoph Brigham City, UT
    March 3, 2016 8:14 a.m.

    Mr. Romney may be the only major business leader in the USA to only have one marriage, and for this he is a leader, and that his children and grandchild speak highly of him, is full proof of a good life. Mr. Trump is a poor man with no wealth.

  • Truth-is-Reason Idaho Falls, ID
    March 3, 2016 8:12 a.m.

    If those excerpts are indeed from Mitt's speech, then Mitt is 1000% correct. Trump is a dangerous fraud who is making fools out of an inordinate number of so-called conservatives. It is extremely sad to me that we've gone through eight horrific years of Obama, only to have the charlatan Trump -- an Obama act-alike in many ways -- become the leading Republican candidate to potentially replace him. Our country will get what we deserve for a president. Hopefully it's not Trump, Clinton or Sanders, but our state of morality is such that I'm not holding my breath.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    March 3, 2016 8:11 a.m.

    Which Mitt?

  • kolob1 sandy, UT
    March 3, 2016 8:04 a.m.

    Romney doesn't have the standing to call Trump a phony. If he wants credibility he must stand in the trenches with Trump and fight it out. Sniping at Trump from the safety of the sidelines is a classic has been tactic. This is a political ploy for the Convention to dump Trump and anoint Romney and Fiorina.

  • Jamescmeyer Midwest City, USA, OK
    March 3, 2016 7:52 a.m.

    I understand the outrage people have with government now, and I understand why Trump is so popular now because of it. But Trump isn't the one who's previously fought and will continue to fight to fix things. He's a financial enabler of it, a salesman, and a dealmaker. We don't need unpredictable, self-serving dealmakers or salesmen. We need someone who stands on true principles, even when others don't.

  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    March 3, 2016 7:45 a.m.

    And let's see Mitt what did we get from you ? Another four years of Obama. I'm no Trump fan but I'm no fan of the establishment either. What has the establishment got us? Lies? Broken promises? And zero history of a fight against the worst administration ever.

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    March 3, 2016 7:41 a.m.

    You don't need Romney to tell you that trump is a fraud and a phony.

    I now know two things about republicans. They love celebrity apprentice and are wwe fans.

  • Bob A. Bohey Marlborough, MA
    March 3, 2016 7:30 a.m.

    I am no supporter of Trump but it will be highly hypocritical of Mitt to call Trump any of the names mentioned in this article. Silence is Mitt's best course of action here.

  • Red Smith American Fork, UT
    March 3, 2016 7:25 a.m.

    Mitt, Jeb, the good ole boy Republican National Committee just don't get it. They are the phonies.

    We Republicans are sick of them. We are sick of a Republican Senate and Republican House writing checks for whatever the Democrats say, running up the debt, and trade deficits (unemployed Americans).

    When we have trade deficits, we have exported jobs and imported un-employment.

    Mitt, please just stop it.

  • skeptic Phoenix, AZ
    March 3, 2016 7:25 a.m.

    Romney will go down in history as the all time classic of the pot calling the pan black.

  • Tanto Slc, UT
    March 3, 2016 7:18 a.m.

    Which trump is a phony, the liberal Donny or the closet liberal Donny?

  • Third try screen name Mapleton, UT
    March 3, 2016 7:17 a.m.

    Oh my. Mitt is giving victory advice to the GOP. Really?
    And after all the planning by the elites in the party Donald Trump is getting more votes than the rest.
    It could be that the kingmakers and the voters aren't in sync. I guess that's what happens when the candidates don't follow the platform. Your tone-deaf attitude comes back to haunt you.

  • BJMoose Syracuse, UT
    March 3, 2016 7:13 a.m.

    Takes one to know one.

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    March 3, 2016 7:12 a.m.

    Our current political chaos is the result of the American people's feelings of powerlessness.
    What does one expect? The people are very angry. Mitt has acknowledged that. But, we have to admit, Romney choked, last election. The Donald was right about that. Well, it's too late now Mitt. You had your chance. (And his comments that were clandestinely recorded didn't help him either.