The nasty things Trump, Romney have said about each other
Even for a 2016 election campaign marked by rhetorical invective, the remarks President-elect Donald Trump and Mitt Romney made about each other in the run-up to the Nov. 8 vote were especially harsh.
Those exchanges make all the more significant Trump’s plan to meet Romney, the unsuccessful 2012 Republican presidential candidate, on Saturday. A source familiar with the meeting said they may discuss whether Romney should be considered for secretary of state in a Trump administration.
Here are some of the things, kind and unkind, that Trump and Romney have said about each other.
* “Governor Romney, go out and get ’em. You can do it.” – Trump endorsing Romney in February 2012
* “Donald Trump has shown an extraordinary ability to understand how our economy works … It means a great deal to me to have the endorsement of Mr. Trump.” – Romney accepting the 2012 endorsement
* “Dishonesty is Donald Trump’s hallmark.” – Romney speaking at a political forum in Utah in March
* “He was begging for my endorsement. I could’ve said, ‘Mitt, drop to your knees,’ and he would’ve dropped to his knees.” – Trump at a March campaign rally responding to the Romney speech and describing how Romney had sought his endorsement in 2012
* “Think of Donald Trump’s personal qualities. The bullying, the greed, the showing off, the misogyny, the absurd third-grade theatrics. Now, imagine your children and your grandchildren acting the way he does.” – Romney’s anti-Trump speech in March
* “He failed horribly … Mitt is indeed a choke artist.” – Trump in March assessing Romney’s presidential run
* “Here’s what I know. Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud. His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University.” – Romney in March
* “Mitt Romney had his chance to beat a failed president but he choked like a dog. Now he calls me racist – but I am least racist person there is.” – Trump tweet in June
* “I think his comments time and again appeal to the racist tendency that exists in some people and I think that’s dangerous.” – Romney in a CNN interview in June
* “Mitt Romney called to congratulate me on the win. Very nice!” – Trump tweet five days after the Nov. 8 election
(Compiled by Bill Trott in Washington; Editing by Howard Goller)