Former Republican nominee Mitt Romney on Thursday viciously attacked GOP front-runner Donald Trump, saying the “prospects of a great future are greatly diminished” if the real estate mogul becomes president, and calling on the other Republican candidates to unite to defeat him.
“The rules of political history have pretty much been all shredded in this campaign,” the former Massachusetts governor said in a speech at the University of Utah. “If the other candidates can find some common ground, I believe we can nominate a person who can win the general election and who will represent the values and policies of conservatism.”
Romney held nothing back, criticizing Trump’s personality, policies and business record. He also said his incendiary statements have already hurt America’s image abroad. (You can read a full transcript of the speech on Medium.)
“Mr. Trump’s bombast is already alarming our allies and fueling the enmity of our enemies. Insulting all Muslims will keep many of them from fully engaging with us in our fight against ISIS,” Romney said.
Trump bashed Romney on Twitter before the speech.