Trump’s target: Still the GOP.

May 25, 2016
Donald Trump  at a rally with supporters in Anaheim, California. May 25, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Donald Trump at a rally with supporters in Anaheim, California. May 25, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Donald Trump hasn’t fully embraced his party just yet. The likely Republican nominee continued airing his grievances against GOP stalwarts at a rally Wednesday in Anaheim, California, knocking fellow Republicans Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush and commentator Bill Kristol in a move that could continue to threaten party efforts to unite around their controversial candidate.

Trump has never been known to shy away from internecine conflict. At a Tuesday rally in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he criticized Republican Governor Susana Martinez’s handling of her state’s economy. Martinez’s office responded that Trump hadn’t raised any substantive objections to her policies.
On Wednesday, Trump criticized Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, for calling on the New York businessman to release his tax returns. Trump has said he is awaiting the result of an audit, but Romney has said it should be “disqualifying” for a presidential candidate not to release those documents.
Trump is seeking the endorsement of Romney’s former running mate, House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, seen as a key step to getting more establishment Republicans behind his candidacy. Still, Trump brushed off Romney’s comments, referring to criticism in 2012 that Romney released only partial tax returns early in the year. Romney released more recent documents later in the campaign.
“The guy doesn’t put in his tax returns until almost the end of the year, like September or October, and he’s talking about Trump with the tax returns,” Trump said.
He bashed Kristol for calling for a third-party candidate to oppose Trump – “He’s been doing this for like 9 months, he can’t find anybody” – and Bush, the former Florida governor, for not endorsing him. “He will get a burst of energy and he will do it, believe me,” Trump said.
He said he’d spoken to Lindsey Graham, another former Republican presidential hopeful who has said he will not back Trump. “If I can get a call from Lindsey Graham, I can get a call from anybody. Maybe Mitt will call me one of these days,” Trump said, noting that his relationship with Graham had not been great. “I wasn’t an angel. I gave out his phone number, okay.”

 

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