Though many of us are not fans of 2012 GOP nominee for President Mitt Romney, we are indebted to him for the speech he gave earlier this morning on the topic of one Donald J. Trump, the front-runner for the 2016 GOP nomination.
Speaking at the University of Utah, Romney wasted no issuing some very cutting remarks about Trump, remarking:
“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.”
Romney then carefully laid out the reasons he thinks Trump would be such a disaster:
“First, the economy: If Donald Trump’s plans were ever implemented, the country would sink into a prolonged recession.
“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.”
Foreign policy was also addressed by the former Massachusetts Governor:
“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.”
Finally, Romney condemned Trump for his lying and his lack of any discernible set of morals:
“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.
“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.”
I’ve never been a fan of Mitt Romney, but today he proved himself to be a statesman.
Watch the Entire Speech: