As I predicted yesterday, it is now being reported that Donald Trump will endorse Mitt Romney rather than Newt Gingrich. It’s no surprise to me since Trump’s main issue (now that he’s stopped talking about President Obama’s birth certificate) is China.
Mitt Romney has the most aggressively anti-China rhetoric of any of the candidates. Romney is right to focus on Chinese theft of American intellectual property but dangerously naive with his populist appeal to “unfair” Chinese trading practices, especially when based on the value of the Chinese currency.
Trump was never actually going to run. He was just keeping himself in the news to boost his television ratings. Romney’s sharing Trump’s idiocy on China gives Trump the most graceful possible way to explain to the fawning news media while he is not entering the race.
As for Romney, he should say “Thanks” to The Donald, but just once, and then never mention it again and do everything he can to keep Trump quiet, and far from the campaign trail. A Fox News poll suggests that three times as many voters are likely to vote against a candidate whom Trump endorsed as are likely to vote for the candidate for that reason.