Mitt Romney just pulled a Harry Reid, so to speak.
“Frankly, I think we have good reason to believe that there’s a bombshell in Donald Trump’s taxes,’’ Romney told Fox News on Wednesday.
“I think something is there,’’ the former Massachusetts governor explained. “Either he’s not nearly as wealthy as he says he is, or he hasn’t been paying the kind of taxes we would expect him to pay, or perhaps he hasn’t been giving money to the vets or to the disabled, like he’s been telling us he’s been doing.’’
Romney also called on Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz to release their tax returns, but dialed in on the suggestion Trump was hiding something.
“The reason I think there’s a bombshell in there is because every time he’s asked about his taxes, he dodges and delays and says ‘Well, we’re working on it,’’’ he said.
Romney is correct, in that Trump has resisted calls for him to disclose his tax returns, primarily from The Wall Street Journal. Trump told ABC’s This Week on Sunday he would not disclose his tax returns, a common practice among presidential candidates, before Super Tuesday (March 1).
“I won’t. I’m working on it,’’ he said. “We’re working on, they’re massive.’’
The Trump campaign did not immediately respond Wednesday to requests for comment.
“Hey, we’re not talking about the taxes that are coming due this year,’’ Romney said Wednesday. “Of course they’re working on those. They won’t be ready for months. We’re talking about taxes already filed, back taxes.’’
About two hours after Romney’s Fox News appearance, Trump fired back on media platform of choice.
“He’s a fool,’’ Trump added, retweeting a follower’s reference to then-Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s attempt to get Romney to disclose his tax returns in 2012.
Ironically, Romney is now using nearly the same move against Trump.
Without providing any evidence, Reid told reporters the 2012 Republican presidential nominee went 10 years without paying any taxes, citing an unnamed source at Romney’s former firm Bain Capital. Reid never backed up his claim with any evidence and, when later asked about it, responded, “Romney didn’t win, did he?’’
He did not. And Romney is likely hoping to induce the same result for Trump.