Ames, Iowa — Donald Trump delivered a blistering attack on Mitt Romney’s campaign today.
“I don’t know what the hell happened with his campaign,” Trump said in a speech at The Family Leader Summit. “I just don’t get it. That was an election that couldn’t have been lost.”
“Every single state that they asked me to go or do some phone calls or some television, we won in the primaries,” Trump remarked. But he also criticized what the campaign had initially wanted him to say in robocalls. “They gave me this most pathetic thing to say. I said, ‘I can’t say this, I’ll ruin my reputation,’” Trump recounted, describing the robocall message he was initially assigned to say as being along the lines of ”If you’re listening, would you please back Mitt Romney? He’s a wonderful fellow.” The calls he ultimately made, Trump concluded, were “vicious.”
He acknowledged his role had decreased in the general election. “When it came to the general election,” he said, “I think they felt I was a little controversial.”