• Romney: Trump Will Not Be The Nominee And Neither Will Any ‘Insurgent Skunk’

    Mitt Romney slammed billionaire businessman and reality television star Donald Trump during a question-and-answer session with students at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business in Washington Wednesday afternoon.

    “I would have never predicted that the leader of my party at this stage would be Donald Trump and the leader in their party right now would be a socialist,” Romney said, referring to Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, an independent senator from Vermont.

    “Frankly, when you light your hair on fire, you make the evening news, and some people have a lot of hair lit on fire,” Romney said, explaining the Trump phenomenon.

    He said he sees the Republican contest breaking into two categories: “the more insurgent, outspoken, tea party perhaps bracket,” which Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas are a part of.

    Romney placed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, retired technology executive Carly Fiorina and Ohio Gov. John Kasich in “the more mainstream conservative bracket.”

    Romney also definitively asserted that Cruz or Trump, who endorsed Romney in 2012 and donated to his campaign, will not win the party’s nomination.

    “Donald Trump will not be the nominee,” he predicted. “Ultimately our nominee will come from the mainstream conservative bracket. I don’t know who that will be.”

    He said he believed the American people would “do the right thing” and called Trump and Cruz skunks.

    “I know there’s some skunks in any endeavor — business, politics — and they get most of the visibility, but there are also some really good people,” Romney said.

    Romney, who advocated for “self-deportation” during the 2012 election, complained about Trump’s controversial rhetoric on illegal immigration.

    “The attention that Mr. Trump has brought to the process is welcome,” Romney said. “We like the fact that people are watching the debates. That’s the positive side. The negative side is that he’s said some things that he described the other day as being ‘childish’. . .I’m afraid he brought attention to [immigration] in a way that was not productive and not appropriate in saying the things he did about Mexican-American immigrants.”

    He said he is concerned that several candidates, he did not specify which, have made statements “that some minority populations look at and say, ‘Wow, I guess they don’t like me very much.’”

    Republicans must communicate with heart and say, “We like legal immigration and we like helping people,” he said.

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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