Romney fires back after Trump’s Twitter taunts

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally in North Charleston, South Carolina, on Friday, November 19, 2016.

Mitt Romney is firing back after Donald Trump’s continued taunts on Twitter.

The Romney camp was silent on Twitter until Thursday morning when Mitt tweeted a response a la Shakespeare.

This Twitter tiff started Wednesday when former Republican presidential hopeful Romney hit Trump, his party’s current front-runner, over not releasing tax information the former Massachusetts governor says voters have a right to see.

“We have good reason to believe that there’s a bombshell in Donald Trump’s taxes,” Romney told Fox News on Wednesday, also calling out by name Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio to disclose their tax information as well.

“Either he’s not anywhere near as wealthy as he says he is, or he hasn’t been paying taxes we would expect him to pay or perhaps he hasn’t been giving money to vets or to the disabled like he’s been telling us he’s been doing,” Romney added.

CNN has reached out to the Trump campaign asking for a reaction to Romney’s comments. Meanwhile, Trump took to Twitter, setting his sights on the former presidential candidate, tweeting: “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”

Trump also called Romney “awkward and goofy.”

And the taunting continued into Thursday with tweets from the Donald like these.


The 2012 GOP presidential nominee faced intense scrutiny to release his tax information — most notably by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid — and Romney said that’s exactly why Trump should go ahead and release any information so voters can decide.

“They were all over me for my taxes,” Romney said.

Trump last summer released his personal financial disclosure shortly after announcing his presidential run and has consistently touted the fact that he released his financial numbers ahead of schedule.

Announcing his presidential bid, Trump said he had a financial net worth of $8 billion, a figure he and his accountants later revised to $10 billion when he officially released his personal financial disclosure. Forbes has estimated Trump’s net worth at $4.5 billion, a figure Trump has disputed.

Trump has said that his accountants have begun going through his tax returns, but said it would take some time given that his tax returns are “massive.”

“I have one the world’s most complicated tax returns. It’s a massive return,” Trump said earlier this month on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”


  • David Whittington

    The first page of Trump’s personal income tax filing would still be the standard 1040 form all other tax payers file – and this 1040 form would summarize all Trump’s income and deductions. Even if Trump had 100 more pages of other tax schedules (making his return ‘massive’), the standard 1040 form would summarize all the other schedules. Trump is hiding his returns for other reasons, because he could release a one page completed 1040 form in just a few minutes.

  • Ron Kurimsky

    Stupid is a stupid was. This idiot (Romney) isn’t even bright enough to know that you don;t attack the front runner in your own party. What a pitiful Humanoid. He couldn’t even beat Obama – the single worst President in the History of Presidents.

    • Techie

      Trump will be an absolute disaster for this country. I do not think he will make it past the democratic nominee though – which is even worse. Look at the poles. He always loses to the democrat.

      Wake up people! What kind of judges do you think Trump will put on the Supreme Court? With his past history of supporting very liberal big government socialist democrats do you really think he is going to put someone like Antonin Scalia on the court. We need a very strong constitutional conservative to replace Antonin Scalia or this country will go down the liberal socialist big government control path and never recover.

      Cruz is the only way this country survives. We need someone who will follow the constitution. Trump thinks he can do it all himself because he is so great. This country is not great because of a president it is great because of the people. But, this country can be destroyed by a bad president like Trump or one of the democrats.

      Please, wake-up people! We need to restore the constitution to its rightful place and put constitutional conservatives on the Supreme Court.

  • James Bogers, M.Ed

    To understand the meaning behind Today’s Romney so-called revelations of a “bomb shell” voters need to merely look about four years to the past.
    On August 16, 2012, The Washington Post reported this headline “Why Mitt Romney isn’t releasing his tax returns, part 563. In an interview aired on NBC’s “Rock Center” tonight (2012), Ann Romney reiterated the position of she and her husband when it comes to putting any more than their 2010 and 2011 returns out: No way, no how. “We have been very transparent to what’s legally required of us,” Ann Romney told NBC’s Natalie Morales. “There’s going to be no more tax releases given.” In the same year U.S. News & Report reported a headline “Should Mitt Romney Release More of His Tax Returns?” In that leading report U.S. News stated that “Democrats and Republicans alike are urging presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney to release more of his tax records. So far the former Massachusetts governor has put forth his returns for 2010 and an estimate for 2011 (he says he will release the full 2011 record as soon as it is ready). However, as President Obama’s campaign continues to hammer Romney on his business and financial history, Romney’s refusal to release more returns have some questioning whether he is trying to hide something.” In that year Business Insider reported “In 2002 while Mitt Romney was running for governor of Massachusetts, Romney found himself engulfed in a “will-he-won’t-he” controversy that bears some similarities to the pressure mounting on him to release his tax returns in today’s (2012) campaign.” On Jul. 12, 2012, Business Insider columnist Henry Blodget made this observation “Here’s What I Think Romney Is Hiding By Refusing To Release His Tax Returns”. Blodget’s conclusion “As the days tick by and Mitt Romney remains the only Presidential candidate in recent history (including his father) who refuses to release all relevant tax returns, the speculation is growing as to what Romney is hiding.”
    Now to the American Political Dilemma. Do we want to accept what is evidently about to become another 2012 circus of events to hinder American voters in their quest to elect the best person as the 45th United States President? Or, would we rather get involved in yet another incredibly ridiculous episode of “old fashioned political mug slinging”?
    It is clear to the intelligent American voters that today’s Mitt Romney media released “Bomb Shell” declaration is yet another dishonest trickery created by a political “establishment” bent on destroying any and all “competition” that simply does not fit “the establishment norm”. Can it be that because TRUMP is “self-funding” he (Trump) cannot be controlled by the establishment? There are many other “internalized reasons” deeply entrenched within the political establishment as to why they do not want TRUMP to lead this Nation. But ask yourself this simple question. Does it even matter at this point? A point in our nation where jobless and homeless rate are out of control; national deficit has become irreversible; our Nation’s borders riddled in uncertainty; National security at a crossroads with the Syrian, European, and Mexican drug war related immigration crisis erupting at our very gates; a federal government directed “Common Core” program that continues to plaque our educational system; major private industries deserting our soil because our private corporate federal tax codes are so outdated and unmanageable; a much needed but neglected trade reform; and, many other national issues far too great to describe in this article.
    I have already watched my fellow soldiers, my friends, my fellow American patriots shed too much blood to allow yet another embattled nation of lies, untruths, trickeries, and deceits. Least we not forget the great wisdom given to us by President Abraham Lincoln who said that “It is rather for us the living, we here be dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth. . We Americans need to retain our focus toward a better and more prosperous nation; if not for ourselves, for our future. It is incumbent upon us to keep our United States Constitution promise that “We hold these truths to be self-evident”.


      Nobody, and I mean nobody, is going to read your thesis James. If you got something worth saying go see Dr. Phil.

  • J Russ

    These dim bulbs produce a lot of heat but very little light. Adios old rich intolerant and ignorant white guy Party, and good riddance. I wonder if they’ll have the carnival barker act as auctioneer to sell their clown car at the bankruptcy sale?

  • Phillip Hall

    If Trump doesn’t learn from Romney’s big mistake HE is the Dope, or he really is trying to hide something. Romney had nothing to hide in his taxes but still got creamed for it.

  • Phillip Hall

    Reading here through today’s exchange of personal attacks with no substance, reminds me Trump is winning. Trumps response;Mitt Romney is “a dope.” Trump’s support here is no more cogent. The republicans and voters have lost their way.

    • Karen Belyea

      And you are above all of the other comments???!!! Everyone has the answers. This whole charade is being orchestrated by the establishment who do not want to lose control, so they can continue on dancing to the tune of the liberals.

  • Karen Belyea

    What part of “you lost” does Romney not get? You are irrelevant! Really a cheap shot since the same thing happened to you. What do you want out of this? Does the idea another business man could get done what you couldn’t bother you?

  • Dean Olsen

    I believe in Donald Trump he knows how to make money he could get our country out of debt. and I believe strengthen our military and secure our borders he will not be bought like all the rest

    • Fred Rhodez

      You talk about a loser, Romney was not smart enough to win. He is not worthy to critisize Trump.

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