FOUR YEARS LATER, ROMNEY TO LAUNCH “FULL-SCALE ASSAULT” AGAINST REPUBLICAN FRONTRUNNER
by Sharon Rondeau
(Mar. 2, 2016) — Exactly 13 months ago, real estate developer and reality-television star Donald Trump endorsed the eventual 2012 Republican nominee for president running against Barack Hussein Obama, Mitt Romney.
On Thursday, Romney will give an address aimed at discouraging voters from supporting Trump, who is now the 2016 Republican presidential frontrunner following voting in 15 state primaries and caucuses.
Last Thursday, Romney told Fox News’s Neil Cavuto that Trump was hiding something by refusing to release his tax returns. Accusations of failing to disavow white supremacist David Duke and to authorize The New York Times to release an alleged off-the-record interview followed in the days just preceding “Super Tuesday” in which voters in 11 states and one U.S. territory cast their votes in Democrat and Republican primaries.
Trump won seven of the 11 Super Tuesday contests, with rivals Ted Cruz winning three and Marco Rubio winning one, respectively.
In an undated video which appears to have been taken on the day of Trump’s 2012 endorsement, Romney praised Trump as a “job creator” more “successful” than he and thanking him for his endorsement. “I look forward to seeing you out on the trail,” Romney told Trump as a crowd clapped enthusiastically.
At the time, Romney said that it was important for the U.S. to foster a climate of entrepreneurial growth and innovation as the economy, devastated by the 2008 banking and real estate collapse, struggled to regain its footing. A full recovery has not yet been realized, with a reported 94 million Americans out of work and a substantial increase in the number of families receiving government assistance.
Various reports on mainstream cable news and print outlets appear to confirm that the Republican Party is attempting to derail Trump’s candidacy before additional primaries take place on March 8 and 15. On Wednesday, The Post & Email contacted the RNC to inquire as to the veracity of media reports relative to Trump’s candidacy as well as the constitutional eligibility of Rubio and Cruz but received no response.
Following Romney’s suggestion that he was hiding something by not immediately releasing his tax returns, Trump stated at last week’s debate that his latest tax returns are currently under IRS audit and that he will release them when the audit is completed. Romney responded on Twitter, “No legit reason @realDonaldTrump can’t release returns while being audited, but if scared, release earlier returns no longer under audit.”
Romney might use this opportunity in several ways.
First, he should join other Republican standouts in the #NeverTrump effort, maybe even call on other Republicans to do the same. More importantly, he should explain why. This is, as he knows, an existential moment for the Republican Party. Will it fall prey to a snake oil salesman peddling fear, hate and authoritarianism, or does it regain its soul and provide a principled alternative to Hillary Clinton? He should explain in no uncertain terms that if he is nominated, Trump will permanently split the GOP, hand the election to the Democrats, and put the Senate, Supreme Court and House at risk.”
Rubin further stated that Romney “might even suggest that anyone who refuses to reveal tax returns should not be eligible for the nomination” but made no mention of the questions surrounding Cruz and Rubio’s constitutional eligibility to compete in the primary, debate the other contenders, and have their names placed on ballots across the nation prior to the November election.
In a previous tweet in January, Romney stated that Cruz, although born in Canada to a Cuban-citizen father, is eligible to the presidency as a “natural born Citizen,” as is required by Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the United States Constitution.
On Wednesday, Politico reported that a source close to Romney said that Romney is “expected to praise Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, who are both trying to be an alternative candidate to the brash billionaire,” referring to Trump.
Ben Shapiro, a Trump detractor, reported that “A Romney aide informed the media that Romney wouldn’t be endorsing anyone or announcing a campaign, but instead would be a full-scale assault on Trump.” Of the new development, Shapiro opined:
So now Romney’s back. And some wise people, for some odd reason, think that Romney bashing Trump will weaken Trump rather than strengthen him, when one of the reasons for Trump’s rise was Romney’s continued presence on the American political scene.
This won’t work. It will be just another electric shock for Trump to absorb like a political supervillain, then refract at actual conservatives.
Former Trump adviser Roger Stone believes that if Rubio fails to win the majority of votes in Florida on March 15, Romney will enter the race, although current reports say that Romney will not announce his candidacy on Thursday.
Trump has raised the issue of Cruz and Rubio’s eligibility during the campaign season. In 2011, when Trump was considering his own run for the presidency against Obama, he called for Obama to release his long-form birth certificate proving that he was born in the U.S., as he claimed.
In September 2011, the image was later declared to be a “computer-generated forgery” by a law enforcement investigation commissioned by Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph M. Arpaio, who endorsed Trump in Las Vegas last month.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.