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Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney gestures as he speaks at the Republican National Committee Winter Meeting in San Diego, California

Donald Trump has been at war for the past two days with yet another big-name Republican: Mitt Romney, the last GOP nominee for president — who is now taking on the party’s current frontrunner by using an issue that had wounded him in 2012.

The tack: Calling upon The Donald to release all of his tax returns — which Romney noted was a big issue during his own campaign in 2012. Democrats had repeatedly pressured him to reveal more about his tax payments. Even after he released two years’ worth of taxes — showing nearly all of his income was in the form of capital gains, which are taxed at a low rate of 15 percent — his opponents continued to dog him throughout the election. The campaign eventually released a declaration stating that he had paid an effective rate of 20.2 percent in federal taxes over the previous 20 years.

“I think there’s something there,” Romney said Wednesday, during an appearance on Fox News. “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.”

Romney continued: “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.’ Hey, we’re not talking about the taxes that are coming due this year… We’re talking about taxes that are already filed.”

Romney continued to raise questions about Trump: “Perhaps he hasn’t been giving money to the veterans or to the disabled, like he’s been telling us he’s been doing. I think that’s the reason there’s a bombshell.”

This got Trump going off against Romney Wednesday night — and reminding everyone just how eager Romney was to get his endorsement and campaign with him back in 2012.

The Donald continued on this warpath into Thursday:

And then there was this very interesting, almost Freudian exercise:

And then to cap it off, there was this kick at the last GOP nominee — because if there’s just one kind of person Trump will always hate, it’s a loser:

Thursday afternoon, Romney responded:

The effort continues to stop Trump’s hostile takeover of the GOP. So can a man who knows a thing or two about buying out failed businesses make a difference?

Photo: Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney gestures as he speaks at the Republican National Committee Winter Meeting in San Diego, California January 16, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Blake

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20 Comments

  1. itsfun February 26, 2016

    The Republican establishment is on the attack.

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    1. BOC February 26, 2016

      You have to have some type of offense in order to attack an opponent. You don’t take a knife to a gunfight.

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      1. itsfun February 26, 2016

        Yep if they think Romney is their gun, they are wrong again.,

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  2. latebloomingrandma February 26, 2016

    Trump has already bragged that he pays as little taxes as possible. How do struggling people think that this guy, who inherited millions, has had some shady business practices, lives ostentatiously, is a bully, can really care anything at all about them?
    I was never a Romney fan, but compared to this group, he is a real gentleman.

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    1. yabbed February 26, 2016

      Who doesn’t pay as little in taxes as possible?

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  3. BOC February 26, 2016

    Things are really bad in the GOP camp anytime the old guard has to call on Mitt Romney to be their savior. Sad, real sad indeed.

    What’s this media strategy of ‘Double Team’ the Trumpster. Ted Cruz is all but toast after he is leaves the courtroom in Illinois. It’s amazing how arrogant the GOP behaves, as if what happens outside their world that affects them, but in their minds really doesn’t, until it actually does.

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  4. Paul Bass February 26, 2016

    His tax records are being audited, he can’t issue them or it might document an actual fraud.
    His supporters don’t care, as he says ‘he could shot someone and still get his voters’.

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    1. BOC February 26, 2016

      Look! Somebody’s got to represent, why not him?

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  5. FT66 February 26, 2016

    Romney, are you not aware attack on Trump is an attack on his supporters? Just wait and see how tightly they will stick to him. You are not helping. You are making the matter worse.

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    1. BOC February 26, 2016

      I don’t think it can get any worse for the GOP.

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      1. Sand_Cat February 27, 2016

        Let’s fervently hope that “worse for the GOP” is bad enough to sink their changes in November.

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        1. BOC March 2, 2016

          You have to get your own house in order before considering to operate and manage someone else’s.

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  6. yabbed February 26, 2016

    Mitt Romney is no match for Donald Trump. 🙂 He’s far too wimpy to score any points on Trump.

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    1. Sand_Cat February 29, 2016

      I’d say trump is far too crazy to notice, but then, one of the many disturbing characters of the man is his pettiness and inability to ignore any attack, no matter how silly or unimportant.

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  7. BOC February 26, 2016

    Seriously, do you really think that Trump has time to devote to Mitt? Why would he waste his time on this messenger for the old conservatives? Talk about throwing the ‘kitchen sink’ at their nightmare. I guess if you keep relying on your bag of tricks you will run out of them, eventually.

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    1. Sand_Cat February 27, 2016

      Does Mitt even count as a “conservative,” old or otherwise.
      I think “unscrupulous opportunist” fits a lot better.

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      1. JPHALL February 27, 2016

        Similar to Trump!

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      2. BOC February 29, 2016

        Okay, I digress.

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      3. BOC March 2, 2016

        I yield to you!

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  8. Sand_Cat February 27, 2016

    The hypocrite who never released his tax returns says Trump should do so. That’s all I need to know about the slimy little SOB, AND ALL THE COUNTRY SHOULD NEED TO BE GLAD HE LOST THE ELECTION.

    Oh wait. I forgot: Romney actually won, but George Soros stole the election for Obama.

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