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Mitt Romney to Eviscerate Donald Trump as 'Phony' and 'Fraud'

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Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will deliver a scorching indictment of Donald Trump on Thursday, calling the candidate a "phony" and a "fraud" who'd threaten America's future.


Romney is due to speak Thursday in Utah at the Hinckley Institute of Politics Forum on the state of the 2016 presidential race. Already a vocal critic of Trump, excerpts released ahead of the speech show Romney will go a step further in his attacks by accusing the GOP frontrunner of "playing the American public for suckers."

The repudiation of Trump — who endorsed Romney's 2012 run — will be the latest in a growing anti-Trump movement among some Conservatives.

Romney will harken back to a 1964 Ronald Reagan address in saying that America faces "another time for choosing" that could have "profound consequences" for the Republican Party and the country.

The Paris and San Bernardino attacks, China's assertiveness and North Korea's nuclear tests show we live in "troubled and dangerous times," Romney will say, adding that he believes America's future can be better "if we make the right choices."

He'll make the case that the real-estate tycoon is not the right choice.

"Donald Trump says he admires Vladimir Putin, while has called George W. Bush a liar," Romney will tell the audience. "That is a twisted example of evil trumping good."

Only Cruz, Rubio and Kasich have "serious policy proposals" to address the "broad range" of national challenges, according to excerpts from Romney's speech.

The U.S. president and presidential nominees "bear the responsibility of being an example for our children and grandchildren," Romney will say.

He'll spare no punches in criticizing Hillary Clinton — accusing her of compromising national secrets and diminishing America's interests worldwide during her tenure at the State Department.

"A person so untrustworthy and dishonest as Hillary Clinton must not become president. But a Trump nomination enables her victory," Romney will explain.

While he'll tell the audience that he understands the "anger Americans feel today," Romney will note how past presidents have channeled that rage into "energy directed for good" — not evil.

He called Trump a "phony" and a "fraud" making "worthless" promises.

"His domestic policies would lead to recession. His foreign policies would make America and the world less safe," Romney will say. "He has neither the temperament nor the judgement to be president. And his personal qualities would mean that America would cease to be a shining city on a hill."

Major Republican donors convened a conference call Tuesday afternoon to convince fellow donors to fund an effort to cripple the frontrunner.

Despite the calls to dump Trump, the blustery candidate himself has been unmoved.

"He begged me four years ago for my endorsement, he's a failed candidate,"Trump told NBC's TODAY on Thursday when asked if he thought the speech would have an impact. "Mitt Romney is a stiff."

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