Donald TrumpDonald TrumpSenate committee moving forward with Russia hacking probe Trump must re-engage Africa to halt Chinese inroads Voter fraud allegations reignite squabble MORE is going on offense against Mitt Romney ahead of the 2012 Republican presidential nominee's speech Thursday in which he is expected to criticize the outspoken businessman.
Trump paired his criticism of Romney with a claim that he is the only candidate capable of defeating Democratic front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonMellman: First things first? Dems indignant as Comey keeps his job Webb: What matters now is policy MORE and ripped GOP establishment favorite Marco RubioMarco RubioWebb: What matters now is policy McMahon dodges smackdown from Small Business Committee Why the era of US global leadership is over MORE.
Failed candidate Mitt Romney,who ran one of the worst races in presidential history,is working with the establishment to bury a big "R" win!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 3, 2016
I have brought millions of people into the Republican Party, while the Dems are going down. Establishment wants to kill this movement!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 3, 2016
Why would the great people of Florida vote for a guy who, as a Senator, never even shows up to vote - worst record. Marco Rubio is a joke!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 3, 2016
I am the only one who can beat Hillary Clinton. I am not a Mitt Romney, who doesn't know how to win. Hillary wants no part of "Trump"— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 3, 2016
Why did Mitt Romney BEG me for my endorsement four years ago?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 3, 2016
The criticism is an attempt to undermine Romney's speech later Thursday at the University of Utah where Romney plans to characterize the 2016 GOP front-runner as "a phony, a fraud."
According to his prepared remarks, Romney will say that America faces "another time for choosing," invoking 1964 address by Ronald Reagan, before arguing the election could have "profound consequences" for Republicans and the country.