Trump rallies: Tense, racially charged, immensely successful
VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) – Donald Trump stands alone in modern campaigns for how he has used large, protest-ridden rallies, often bubbling with raw anger, to fuel his candidacy.
The Republican front-runner says the events are evidence of a “movement” frustrated over everything from the nation’s uneven economy to a government run by “stupid people.”
Trump is a natural showman. He peppers his speeches with humorous asides, using voices and imitation as well as occasional dramatic acting.
But the atmosphere sometimes turns darker, with young men pounding their fists in anger and shouting racial slurs.
Anti-Trump protesters have also become increasingly common as the election calendar has moved away from the more subdued early-voting states.
Taking on Trump
Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney slammed Donald Trump Thursday, calling the current presidential front-runner a “phony” and “a fraud.”
The former Massachusetts governor gave his insight into the state of the 2016 presidential race during a speech in Salt Lake City, focusing mostly on Trump.
“Let me put it very plainly, if we Republicans choose Donald Trump as our nominee, the prospects for a safe and prosperous future are greatly diminished,” Romney said.
He labeled Trump as a bully who threatens America’s future, stressing that Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Marco Rubio or Governor John Kasich should be the Republican presidential nominee.
“Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud. His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University,” Romney went on. “He’s playing the members of the American public for suckers: He gets a free ride to the White House and all we get is a lousy hat.”
Trump fired back during a press conference of his own.
“Mitt is a failed candidate, he failed,” Trump said, adding “He was begging for my endorsement, I could have said ‘Mitt, drop to your knees,’ he would have dropped to his knees! He was begging me”.