Donald Trump tweeted a series of harsh attacks at Mitt Romney on Thursday, calling him “one of the dumbest and worst candidates in the history of Republican politics.’’
Mitt Romney, who was one of the dumbest and worst candidates in the history of Republican politics, is now pushing me on tax returns. Dope!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2016
I'm going to do what @MittRomney was totally unable to do- WIN!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2016
Those continued critical tweets Trump posted on Wednesday evening.
When Mitt Romney asked me for my endorsement last time around, he was so awkward and goofy that we all should have known he could not win!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 24, 2016
Mitt Romney,who totally blew an election that should have been won and whose tax returns made him look like a fool, is now playing tough guy— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 24, 2016
The broadsides came in response to Romney’s speculation that Trump has a “bombshell’’ in his tax returns. Trump, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz have not yet released their tax returns, which every major candidate in recent memory has done.
“Frankly, I think, we have good reason to believe that there’s a bombshell in Donald Trump’s taxes,’’ Romney said on Fox News. “I think there’s something there. Either he’s not anywhere near 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, for his part, responded to Trump’s tweetstorm by again calling on him to post his tax returns and implying he was hiding something.
Trump has said he would not release his taxes before March 1, when almost a dozen states vote or caucus, because they are “massive.’’
The billionaire businessman even tweeted a photo of himself signing his 2014 returns as proof of how “ridiculous’’ they were.
Signing a recent tax return- isn't this ridiculous? pic.twitter.com/UdwqF4iZIZ— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2016
Despite bragging about the size of his returns, he also wrote that returns have “0 to do [with] someone’s net worth.’’
The feud between Romney and Trump goes back a ways. Trump previously said Romney “choked like a dog’’ as the Republican nominee in 2012. Romney has criticized Trump for his fawning comments about Russian leader Vladimir Putin and his plan to temporarily ban all Muslims from coming to the U.S.