‘He’s Not Smart’: New Book Reveals Mitt Romney’s Blunt Assessment of Trump | EUROtoday

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A brand new ebook particulars how Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) concluded that Donald Trump isn’t the sharpest software within the shed regardless of efforts by some within the former president’s circle looking for to persuade him in any other case, together with his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

The 2012 Republican presidential nominee initially “vacillated on the subject of the president’s intelligence,” writer McKay Coppins wrote in “Romney: A Reckoning,” per an excerpt of the forthcoming ebook obtained by HuffPost.

Kushner had as soon as advised Romney that his father-in-law was being strategic by performing obscenely as a result of it drew consideration to his message and helped rally supporters to his facet. But Romney ultimately concluded Trump’s wildest claims weren’t the product of some grasp scheme, however moderately the thoughts of a 3rd grader.

“I think he’s not smart. I mean, really not smart,” Romney stated of Trump at one level, in response to the ebook.

“It’s like, how is that possible for someone over the second or third grade to think that?” he stated after Trump advised that Americans inject themselves with bleach as a remedy for COVID-19 throughout a White House press briefing within the early days of the 2020 pandemic.

“Reckoning” is predicated on dozens of interviews Coppins carried out with Romney, who just lately introduced he received’t be looking for reelection subsequent yr. In it, the senator unleashes on Trump and different members of his personal occasion, together with fellow GOP senators, for placing their political ambitions forward of the very best pursuits of the nation.

The ebook additionally particulars a telephone name Trump made to Romney after he introduced his marketing campaign for Senate in 2018. (Trump endorsed Romney’s bid on the time regardless of Romney’s criticisms of Trump throughout the 2016 presidential marketing campaign. Romney had accepted the endorsement, however their relationship soured quickly after, with the senator finally voting as well Trump from workplace twice.)

On the decision, Romney and a marketing campaign aide stifled in laughter as Trump boasted about his follower rely on Twitter, now rebranded as X, and blended up models of measurement in bragging about his administration’s rollback of a public lands declaration in Utah.

Romney isn’t the primary Republican who holds a dim view of Trump’s thoughts. Many of Trump’s personal administration members have spoken out about their former boss’s intelligence: White House chief of employees John Kelly reportedly referred to as Trump “an idiot,” former financial adviser Gary Cohn stated Trump was “dumb as shit,” and former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in July 2017 referred to as Trump a “moron.”

Trump is the undisputed front-runner within the race for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination.

Coppins’ ebook, “Reckoning,” hits shops Oct. 24.