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Mitt Romney speaks, Republicans mobilize against Trump




Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gives a speech on the state of the Republican party at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on the campus of the University of Utah.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gives a speech on the state of the Republican party at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on the campus of the University of Utah.
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Mitt Romney delivered a scathing speech this morning directly targeting Donald Trump as being unfit for the Presidency, calling him a phony misogynist whose temperament isn’t fit for the job.

It's unclear whether Romney's warning against Trump will connect with Trump's likely supporters. The issues Romney raises are all well-known, but haven't slowed down Trump.

Do Trump supporters care that his taxes might contradict what he says about his businesses and philanthropy? Do they care that US allies are worried, and that Muslims worldwide might see him as representative of US distrust of Muslims? Do they care that Trump's trade policies might start a trade war? Are they bothered by his un-Presidential temperament?

Exit polls show most Trump voters don't care that he doesn't share their values or that he's less electable than other Republicans. They feel good voting for him. How can Republican leaders counter a bandwagon that's largely based on a feeling of empowerment, rather than one of policies or character?

Watch the full speech here:

Guests:

Shawn Steel, Republican National Committee California National Committeemen

Jeffrey Lord, a contributing editor to The American Spectator, a former aide to Ronald Reagan and author of What America Needs: The Case for Trump

Ron Nehring, State GOP Chairman and RNC member 2007-11. National Spokesman and CA Chairman for Ted Cruz’s campaign

John Eastman, professor of law and founding director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence at Chapman University and Chairman of the Board of the National Organization for Marriage,a D.C.-based nonprofit working to defend marriage and the faith communities that filed an amicus brief in this case