Donald Trump rips Mitt Romney as ‘one of the dumbest and worst’ candidates ever

And Romney responded in kind.

Donald Trump announces his endorsement of Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on Feb. 2, 2012, during a news conference in Las Vegas.
Donald Trump endorsed Mitt Romney for president in 2012. –Julie Jacobson / AP

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.’’

Those continued critical tweets Trump posted on Wednesday evening.

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.’’

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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.

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.

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