As expected, Mitt Romney publicly rebuked Donald Trump in a speech he delivered this morning at the University of Utah. Here is the passage which stood out for me:
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.
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.
Naturally none of this will deter Trump’s supporters. Why? Because Trump isn’t the only greedy, misogynistic bully in the country and Trump has legitimized their attitude. But of course Romney knows this all to well. That isn’t the point of his address
The point of the address is the predictability of Trump’s behavior. He was right to say Trump would not critique the substance of his speech, but rather shoot the messenger. If we check out Trump’s Twitter feed all we get out of Trump is that he is “a failed candidate” who “doesn’t know how to win”. Trump also claims that Romney “begged” for money from him. If it was so self-evident to Trump that Romney was going to be a failure then why would he give him money at all?
It is no accident that Mitt Romney picked this day of all days to deliver these remarks. The speech will dominate the news cycle for the remainder of the day and will probably be the first question raised in tonight’s FOX debate in Detroit. And don’t be surprised if it’s Megyn Kelly who asks the question. Trump will undoubtedly trash Romney further and with Romney’s strong Michigan ties The Donald is going to get booed out of the building.
Then he has to face the slings and arrows of Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.
This is not going to be a fun night for Trump.