Back on March 3, 2016 Mitt Romney gave a scathing speech in which he outlined why choosing Donald Trump as the Republican candidate would be a very bad idea. Below are some excerpts from that speech that show that, much to our chagrin, Romney was right on the money in his assessment of the qualities and competence of Trump.
1. Donald Trump: “lacks the temperament to be President!”
I am far from the first to conclude that Donald Trump lacks the temperament to be President. After all, this is an individual:
- who mocked a disabled reporter,
- who attributed a reporter’s questions to her menstrual cycle,
- who mocked a brilliant rival who happened to be a woman due to her appearance,
- who bragged about his marital affairs during the Vietnam War while John McCain, whom he has mocked, was imprisoned and tortured,
- who laces his public speeches with vulgarity,
- who says he admires Vladimir Putin,
- who has called George W. Bush a liar. That is a twisted example of evil trumping good.
2. Donald Trump: “dishonesty is his trademark!”
Dishonesty is Trump’s hallmark:
- He claimed that he had spoken clearly and boldly against going into Iraq. Wrong, he spoke in favor of invading Iraq.
- He said he saw thousands of Muslims in New Jersey celebrating 9/11. Wrong, he saw no such thing. He imagined it.
His is not the temperament of a stable, thoughtful leader. His imagination must not be married to real power.
3. Donald Trump: “fails in the basic responsibility of honorable conduct!”
…Think of Donald Trump’s personal qualities, the bullying, the greed, the showing off, the misogyny, the absurd third grade theatrics. We have long referred to him as “The Donald.” He is the only person in America to whom we have added an article before his name. It wasn’t because he had attributes we admired.
Now imagine your children and your grandchildren acting the way he does. Will you welcome that? Haven’t we seen before what happens when people in prominent positions fail the basic responsibility of honorable conduct? We have, and it always injures our families and our country.
4. Donald Trump: “lacks the temperament, stability, and suitability to be President!”
Watch how he responds to my speech today. Will he talk about our policy differences or will he attack me with every imaginable low road insult? This may tell you what you need to know about his temperament, his stability, and his suitability to be President.
5. Donald Trump: “is a con man, a fake!”
There are a number of people who claim that Mr. Trump is a con man, a fake. There is indeed evidence of that. Mr. Trump has changed his positions not just over the years, but over the course of the campaign, and on the Ku Klux Klan, daily for three days in a row.
6. Donald Trump: “is a phony!”
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. I predict:
- that there are more bombshells in his tax returns,
- that he doesn’t give much if anything to the disabled and to our veterans,
- that he told the New York Times that his immigration talk is just that: talk and
- that, despite his promise to do so…over a year ago, he will never ever release his tax returns. Never. Not the returns under audit, not even the returns that are no longer being audited. He has too much to hide.
- that he will not authorize the Times to release the tapes.
If I’m right, you will have all the proof you need to know that Donald Trump is a phony and attacking me, as he surely will, won’t prove him any less of a phony. It’s entirely in his hands to prove me wrong. All he has to do is to release his back taxes like he promised he would, and let us hear what he said behind closed doors to the New York Times…
7. Donald Trump: “is playing the American public for suckers!”
Here’s what I know.
- Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud.
- 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.
- His domestic policies would lead to recession.
- His foreign policies would make America and the world less safe.
- He has neither the temperament nor the judgment to be President.
- His personal qualities would mean that America would cease to be a shining city on a hill.
America has greatness ahead [but Trump] will not make that vision a reality.
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