Leavitt Voices Concerns About Trump’s Candidacy

Mike LeavittFormer Utah Governor Mike Leavitt says he understands why Mitt Romney has launched a fusillade of criticism against GOP frontrunner Donald Trump.

 
“Everyone has been in the situation where a brother or close friend they care about a lot is going to make a decision based on an emotion that is clearly a dangerous and unproductive path,” says Leavitt. “You feel compelled to say to this person at some point that there are consequences they’re not thinking about.”
 
Leavitt says Romney is showing a lot of courage by speaking out, and his remarks seem directed at the 65% of Republicans who don’t support Trump.
 
“There’s nothing in this for Mitt Romney except a lot of incoming fire from people who may be unsettled by his remarks. You always take a chance when you have this kind of conversation. In some cases, they cause people to make a more reasonable decision, while others move forward with more speed because they’re offended by the interruption 
 
Leavitt, in no uncertain terms, says he’s not a supporter of Donald Trump and is skeptical of his ability to win in November if he captures the Republican nomination.
 
“There’s a very serious question as to whether he can win in November. Right now he’s dominating the Republican primary field, lapping many of his opponents, but line him up against the Democrats and he loses. He’s got a serious gap he has to overcome.”
 
Leavitt says Romney is energizing a non-traditional part of the electorate, which has not engaged in the political process very deeply recently.
 
“The reality is if Trump were elected, he would be extraordinarily surprised at how much more complicated governing is than he makes it sound. If he is unable to produce on his rather outlandish commitments, the people who are enthused by his message now would be incredibly disappointed.”
 
Trump has promised to keep American companies from relocating by threatening to tax their products. Trump also wants to impose tariffs on goods coming in from abroad, which many say would ignite an economy-crippling trade war. 
 
Leavitt says he’s most worried by some of Trump’s foreign policy ideas.
 
“Trump sounds like he will attempt to operate in a far more dictatorial way. There are checks and balances in society that will keep him from doing that domestically. In foreign policy circumstances, people who choose leaders who attempt to use power unilaterally. That’s a danger. There seems to be a segment of society who appear to be ready for that until they get it.”
 
Trump leads in the GOP delegate count, but it remains to be seen whether he will be able to get the 1,237 needed to capture the nomination. If that happens, there is hope among some Republicans that delegates at the convention in Cleveland will deny Trump the nomination and give it to someone else. Leavitt says there’s still time for Republicans to stop Trump, but that time is running out.
 
“There are 65% of the GOP who aren’t for Trump. At some point, Cruz, Rubio, and Kasich will realize they are aligned with an interest, and that’s prohibiting Trump from getting a majority. What’s going to happen, I don’t know. I’m interested in having a qualified Republican elected.”