Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts who failed in his 2012 bid to unseat Barack Obama as president, turned critical eyes toward frontrunner Donald Trump, saying the polling GOP leader has made so many “hurtful” remarks, he might stumble in the coming weeks.
“I think Donald Trump has said a number of things which are hurtful, and he has said they were childish in some respects, and I think [they] will be potentially problematic either in a primary or in a general election if he were to become the nominee,” Romney said, in an interview with one of the Democratic Party’s leading strategists, David Axelrod, who once served as an adviser to Obama.
Romney went on, saying it’s likely Trump’s star will soon fall.
“I think he’ll have some challenges if he proceeds to the next stage,” he said, the Hill reported.
Some examples? Romney cited Trump’s previous remarks about women and Hispanics that some perceived as misogynist and discriminatory.
A month ago, Romney said he didn’t believe Trump would win the primary nod from the Republican Party. Yet Trump’s staying power has proven itself, with poll after poll – at both state and national level – showing him in the lead.
Romney still insisted Trump’s comments were hurting the Republican Party, at least to a certain degree.
“Yeah, I think to a degree it does,” Romney said, adding he thought Sen. Marco Rubio or former Gov. Jeb Bush could be better candidates at reeling in the Hispanic vote, the Hill reported.
Trump has previously engaged in a fiery and public dispute with Fox News star Megyn Kelly, during which he criticized her debate questioning about his views of women and after which he took to Twitter to call her a “bimbo.” He’s also called for widespread crackdown on illegal immigration and ejected one of Univision’s leading Hispanic journalists for partisan questioning during a press conference.