Romney Warns Of 'Trickle-Down Racism' From Trump
Matt Vespa / Townhall Tipsheet
Romney said that it’s not a question of policy, but character for him. He can’t endorse Trump’s perceived bigotry and “racist approach” that he feels would be detrimental to the health of the nation, saying what he has said on the stump demonstrates who he is. He added that his rhetoric could change to hide that fact, but the damage is done. He can’t hide from it. Regarding Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is presiding over a lawsuit over Trump University, Trump said he should remove himself since his Mexican ancestry constitutes an “inherent conflict of interest.” Romney said that this wasn’t a slip of the tongue–he’s repeated it time and time again. And he never apologized for it. Trump has somewhat backed down on making those remarks. That doesn’t mean he won’t say something outrageous over this pending legal battle tomorrow.
For the former governor, this is more of a question about character and integrity, not policy. He said that if there was a person who held all of the positions that he does, but turns out to be an anti-Semite, he couldn’t—in good conscience—vote for that person. At the same time, that’s the end of it. You won’t see Romney on the campaign trail, bashing Trump, noting that he’s made his views known about the presumptive Republican nominee. When Blizter pretty much asked him who is worse, Clinton or Trump, Romney said that both candidates are flawed, but he had made his views known regarding endorsements, and that he’s not going to give worse marks to one candidate or the other.
As for the 2016 aspiration, Romney said that he thought “it was time for someone new,” and had zero regrets for not jumping into the 2016 ring. He lamented the “elementary school theatrics” that have dotted the 2016 campaign, adding that these tactics are probably not going to go away anytime soon, thereby lowering the estimation of the entire political process.
He’s also not confident that Trump will release his taxes. There’s something in those taxes that’s even worse then him shooting someone on Fifth Avenue observed Romney, referencing something Trump said in January to confidently show that his supporters would never leave him. When pressed as to what could be the reason, Romney told Blitzer that it could be a variety of issues, including him not paying them, having ownership in enterprises that are connected to unsavory groups and companies, or an exaggerated net worth. He doesn’t expect the billionaire to turn over those papers since he feels something more sinister is held within those pages.
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