Mitt Romney called on the Republican Party to reject Donald Trump, saying he had called the favorite “fake” and “fraudulent.”
The former Republican presidential candidate accuses Donald Trump of “playing the American public for shoots” in a planned speech leaked to the media.
Donald Trump, meanwhile, mocked Mitt Romney on Twitter as a “failed candidate” who should not be advised to be elected.
Many high-ranking Republicans are worried about Donald Trump’s prospect of securing the nomination for the November election.
In the latest attack by senior party figures, several members of the Republican National Security Community wrote an open letter describing “Donald Trump’s vision of American influence and power in the world” as “wildly inconsistent and unbiased in principle.”
“It swings from isolationism to military adventurism in one sentence,” writes in the letter.
Donald Trump tried to present himself as a “unifier” after his victories in seven countries in the so-called Super Tuesday consolidated his position at the front of the race for his party’s nomination.
Mitt Romney, a fierce critic of Donald Trump, is expected to warn in a March 3 speech that his policies pose a threat to the Republican Party and the country as a whole.
“Here’s what I know: Donald Trump is a forger, a fraud,” Mitt Romney says, according to a leaked transcript of his remarks.
“His promises are useless as a diploma from Trump University,” he is quoted as saying.
Mitt Romney will also warn that the Donald Trump nomination will pave the way for the presidency of Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
Donald Trump, meanwhile, accused Mitt Romney of “running one of the worst races in the president’s history” and “working with the establishment” to prevent Republicans from winning.
Mitt Romney lost the 2012 election to President Barack Obama.
Several Republican leaders, including Parliament Speaker Paul Ryan and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, have spoken out against Donald Trump’s controversial policies and positions in recent days.
Donald Trump’s latest controversy focuses on his failure to disavow David Duke, the leader of the white Supremacist Ku Klux Klan who backed him. He later said he had given up on David Duke several times in the past.
Paul Ryan said on March 1 that nominees “should reject any group or cause that is based on bigotry. This party does not catch people’s prejudices. “
Donald Trump’s rival Marco Rubio said in his speech on Super Tuesday that the Republican establishment is unlikely to support the former reality TV star.
According to New York Times, some donors from the GP are already trying to raise funds for an effort against Trump.