…If we make the right choices, America’s future will be even better than our past and better than our present. On the other hand, if we make improvident choices, the bright horizon I foresee will never materialize. Let me put it plainly, if we Republicans choose Donald Trump as our nominee, the prospects for a safe and prosperous future are greatly diminished. Let me explain why.
[These remarks by Mitt Romney on the state of the 2016 Presidential race [and, specifically, the suitability of Donald Trump as the Republican Party’s Presidential nominee] have been edited ([ ]) and abridged (…) by the editorial team of munKNEE.com (Your Key to Making Money!) to provide a fast and easy read.]
Donald Trump: “would sink U.S. into a prolonged recession!”
If Donald Trump’s plans were ever implemented, the country would sink into a prolonged recession. A few examples:
- His proposed 35% tariff-like penalties would instigate a trade war that would raise prices for consumers, kill export jobs, and lead entrepreneurs and businesses to flee America.
- His tax plan, in combination with his refusal to reform entitlements and to honestly address spending would balloon the deficit and the national debt.
…[Even though] Donald Trump has offered very few specific economic plans, what little he has said is enough to know that he would be very bad for American workers and for American families.
Donald Trump: “is not a business genius!”
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.
- and what ever happened to Trump Airlines? How about Trump University? And then there’s Trump Magazine and Trump Vodka and Trump Steaks, and Trump Mortgage?
A business genius he is not.
Donald Trump: “lacks serious policy proposals”
Now not every policy Donald Trump has floated is bad. He wants to repeal and replace Obamacare, and wants to bring jobs home from China and Japan, but his prescriptions to do these things are flimsy at best.
- At the last debate, all he could remember about his healthcare plan was to remove insurance boundaries between states.
- Successfully bringing jobs home requires serious policy and reforms that make America the place businesses want to plant and grow. You can’t punish business into doing the things you want.
Frankly, the only serious policy proposals that deal with the broad range of national challenges we confront come from Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and John Kasich. One of these men should be our nominee….
Donald Trump: “is very, very not smart when it comes to foreign policy!”
…His bombast is alarming our allies and fueling the enmity of our enemies.
- Insulting all Muslims will keep many of them from fully engaging with us in the urgent fight against ISIS – and for what purpose? Muslim terrorists would only have to lie about their religion to enter the country.
- What he said on “60 Minutes” about Syria and ISIS has to go down as the most ridiculous and dangerous idea of the campaign season: Let ISIS take out Assad, he said, and then we can pick up the remnants. Think about that: Let the most dangerous terror organization the world has ever known take over a country? This is recklessness in the extreme.
Donald Trump tells us that he is very, very smart. I’m afraid that when it comes to foreign policy he is very, very not smart.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Donald Trump: “would lose to Hillary Clinton!”
Trump relishes any poll that reflects what he thinks of himself but polls are also saying that he will lose to Hillary Clinton….A person so untrustworthy and dishonest as Hillary Clinton must not become president but a Trump nomination enables her victory…
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.
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…
Donald Trump: “directing our anger for less than noble purposes!”
I understand the anger Americans feel today. In the past, our presidents have channeled that anger, and forged it into resolve, into endurance and high purpose, and into the will to defeat the enemies of freedom. Our anger was transformed into energy directed for good but Mr. Trump is directing our anger for less than noble purposes.
- He creates scapegoats of Muslims and Mexican immigrants,
- he calls for the use of torture and 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.
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 and
- his personal qualities would mean that America would cease to be a shining city on a hill.
America has greatness ahead. This is a time for choosing. God bless us to choose a nominee who will make that vision a reality.
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