Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney caught heat from supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Twitter for speaking out against the front-runner. During an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on March 8, Romney read some of those "mean tweets" and responded to them (video below).
"I have some tweets here," the talk show host told Romney. "These are real tweets by various parties, including your friend Donald Trump. If you don't mind, I'll hand you each one and just read them aloud. It'll be painless if you just go through them."
Romney read a tweet from Trump that stated: "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!"
"Got zero?" Romney said. "The only people I know who got zero are the ones who paid twenty-five grand to be at Trump University. They're the ones that got zero."
Romney read a tweet from a Trump supporter that opined: "Donald Trump is trying to pull America back from the brink and freakin' Mitt Romney is playing with matches in the bathroom."
"I'm not touching that, I'll tell you that," Romney responded.
The next mean tweet said: "@mittromney = loser."
"That's true, actually, I lost. You may not have noticed," Romney replied.
Romney read the rest of the tweet: "who are you anyway, and by the way where do u buy the shoe polish u wear in ur hair lol #Trump2016."
"I buy it at Costco in bulk," Romney fired back.
Another tweet stated: "I actually met Mitt Romney in a bank a couple of months back. I'm now working on a time machine to go back & punch him in the throat! #TRUMP"
That tweet was followed with: "I'd pay good money to watch Mitt Romney crying in a ball pit at a Chucky Cheese."
Kimmel asked Romney how much he would pay Trump to get out of the presidential race, and Romney responded: "There's not a right price for that. Donald Trump just needs to get out of the race. He said in there that he's sad. Let's make people happy and let's have a candidate we can be proud of."
During another part of the program, Romney said that Trump failing to disavow David Duke and the KKK was "the straw that broke the camel's back," notes The Hollywood Reporter.
Romney also mentioned that he has offered help to Republican candidates Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida, and Gov. John Kasich of Ohio.