‘Thank You, Mitt’, Palin said. ‘Trump’s favorables just rose again, as did the veil you willingly wore while being used by the corrupt political establishment who can’t afford to lose their power in liberal D.C. Your speech was so silly and contradictory it confirmed the reasons Trump received tens of thousands more votes than you did in your own home state that you governed. Silly man. Could the establishment really not find anyone credible in their holier-than-thou movement to spew the deception you regurgitated today on tv?’
Ouch. Palin was referring to the 2012 Massachusetts Super Tuesday results, where Mitt gained a total of 266,313 votes. Romney served as Governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007 before becoming the Republican Presidential nominee in 2012, and Trump did indeed beat his Super Tuesday vote count with 371,375.
Palin neglected to mention, however, that Super Tuesday voter turnout this year has been over twice what it was in 2012. So Trump actually took about 30 percent less of the vote than Mitt.
Nonetheless, those are some impressive numbers, and perhaps increased voter turnout is a side effect of the splash Trump has made in this season’s Presidential campaign. It’s not clear why Palin thinks this hurts Romney’s credibility, but she’s not historically needed reasons to say ridiculous things.
So what did Mitt say that brought on such a low blow?
The former U.S. presidential candidate took to the stage at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Thursday. He broadly decried Trump as a “phony,” who is “playing the American public for suckers,” and called him “a man whose imagination must not be married to real power”. Romney even went so far as to call for tactical voting in the remaining primaries to prevent Trump from gaining enough delegates to secure the nomination.
‘Given the current delegate selection process,” said Romney, “this means that I would vote for Marco Rubio in Florida, for John Kasich in Ohio and for Ted Cruz or whichever one of the other two contenders has the best chance of beating Mr. Trump in a given state.’
Mitt Romney hasn’t been alone in the GOP field in unequivocally condemning Trump as a presidential candidate. 2008 Republican nominee John McCain also said Thursday that he “echo(es) the many concerns about Mr. Trump’s uninformed and indeed dangerous statements on national security issues that have been raised by 65 Republican defense and foreign policy leaders.” Paul Ryan said that“Conservatism is being disfigured” by the beliefs Trump has expressed during his campaign. And both Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have rebuked Trump for his refusal to denounce an endorsement by David Duke, a former Grand Wizard in the KKK.
It’s nice to see Republicans and Democrats agreeing on something. Maybe our country is about to learn it’s lesson about the end results of partisan bickering, obstructionism, and a divisive and inflammatory narrative in the media and on Capitol Hill. Let’s just hope it’s not too late.