Donald Trump blasts "dope" Mitt Romney in Twitter tirade over tax returns

Like the rest of the Republican establishment, Romney is fighting a flamethrower with a water pistol

Published February 25, 2016 10:00PM (EST)

  (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst/Dominick Reuter/Photo montage by Salon)
(Reuters/Jonathan Ernst/Dominick Reuter/Photo montage by Salon)

Hell hath no fury like a Trump scorned.

The latest victim of Donald Trump's wrath is 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. On Fox News Channel on Wednesday, Romney raised an issue with which he is well-acquainted, calling on Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio to release their back taxes. Though Romney gave lip service to the other Republican candidates, it became clear that Trump was the intended target of Romney's remarks:

"We have good reason to believe there's a bombshell in Donald Trump's taxes [...] 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, or perhaps he hasn't been giving money to the vets or the disabled like he's been telling us he's been doing."

Romney makes for a strange messenger on this issue, having steadfastly declined similar calls to release his own tax returns during his 2012 presidential bid. (Romney eventually did release his returns.)

In his signature style, Trump hit back fast and hard on Twitter:

After Trump's tirade, Romney fired back with this limp retort:


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