Mitt Romney appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! On Tuesday night to speak about — what else? — Donald Trump.
Telling Kimmel that he felt he had to speak out against Trump for the sake of his family, Romney referenced his speech last week when the 2012 GOP nominee told voters that “If we Republicans choose Donald Trump as our nominee, the prospects for a safe and prosperous future are greatly diminished.”
Kimmel then had the former Massachusetts governor read aloud tweets about himself as a mini version of his “Mean Tweets” segment, including tweets that Trump himself posted after Romney called him a “con man” and a “fraud” in his speech.
In the “Mean Tweets” segment (that Kimmel said was Romney’s idea), he read aloud what Trump and his supporters thought of him after his anti-Trump speech.
“Mitt Romney had his chance and blew it. Lindsey Graham ran for president, got ZERO, and quit! Why are they now spokesmen against me? Sad!” was Trump’s tweet that Romney started with.
“@mittromney = loser,” said one tweet, quite simply.
“That’s true. I lost,” joked Romney.
One tweet said he met Romney years ago and he was “working on a time machine to go back and punch him in the throat.”
Romney told Kimmel that Trump failing to disavow David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan was “the straw that broke the camel’s back” when it came to speaking out against the presidential candidate. Romney added that he has offered to help all three of the remaining candidates (Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and John Kasich) to fight Trump. He said that he has no top choice, but will back anyone who can beat Trump in the GOP race.
Kimmel pushed Romney about what he would do if Trump got the nomination (if he would vote for Hillary Clinton), but Romney said he would “write in someone with conservative values” if it came to that.