Donald Trump On Mitt Romney: He Would Have Dropped To His Knees

Donald Trump insulted Mitt Romney after Romney called the GOP frontrunner "phony"

Mar 03, 2016 at 8:58 PM ET

Mitt Romney practically begged Donald Trump to insult him in a speech Romney gave in Utah Thursday. And Trump didn’t disappoint. Unless you find not-that-veiled allusions to oral sex from political leaders disappointing.

“I don’t know what happened to him. You can see how loyal he is. He was begging for my endorsement,” Trump said, talking about Romney’s 2012 bid for the White House. “I could have said, ‘Mitt drop to your knees,’ and he would have dropped to his knees.” The comment immediately sparked a firestorm of responses—CNN even sent out a breaking news email about it (perhaps the first “allusion to sodomy” alert they’ve sent).

The comment was in reaction to a speech Romney made this morning in Utah, in which he called Trump a “phony” and said his “brand of anger” was the same kind that has led “other nations into the abyss.”

“If we Republicans choose Donald Trump as our nominee, the prospects for a safe and prosperous future are greatly diminished,” Romney said. Romney also practically begged Trump to mock him, saying “Watch, by the way, how he responds to my speech today.”

Trump’s thinly veiled allusion to fellatio is pretty vulgar—even from a presidential candidate from whom we have come to expect some pretty gross zingers. But like most of his remarks that have attracted controversy, Trump left things just vague enough that he can fire back incredulously at audiences who read into the rated-R version. Because, of course, Trump was just talking about begging.

He’s done it before. When Trump said at August’s Republican debate that Fox News show host Megyn Kelly had “blood coming out of her wherever,” he said he meant blood was coming out of her nose, and that anyone who thought he was talking about menstruating was a “deviant.”

When he publicly mocked The New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski’s physical disability in a speech, he said afterwards: “I merely mimicked what I thought would be a flustered reporter trying to get out of a statement he made long ago.” Then he said Kovaleski was pompous for thinking he even remembered what he looked like.

In reaction to Marco Rubio insulting his small hands, Trump responded by praising his own body parts. “He said I had small hands — they’re not small, are they? I never heard that one before. I’ve always had people say, ‘Donald, you have the most beautiful hands.'”

Get your mind out of the gutter, America.