Mitt Romney had to know this was coming. After censuring Republican front-runner Donald Trump — he called him a “phony” and a “fraud” — the 2012 Republican presidential candidate received a slew of “mean tweets,” which host Jimmy Kimmel naturally invited him to read during his Tuesday appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
The first slam came courtesy of Trump himself. “Mitt Romney had his chance and blew it.Lindsay Graham ran, got ZERO, and quit. Why are they now spokesmen against me? Sad!”
“Uh, got zero?” Romney shot back. “The only people I know who ‘got zero’ are the ones who paid $25,000 to be at Trump University. They’re the ones who got zero.”
Romney did concede to one tweet, however. “Mitt Romney = loser,” one Twitter user wrote, to which Romney replied, “That’s true actually. I lost.”
The last jab read, “I’d pay good money to watch Mitt Romney crying in a ball pit at a Chucky Cheese.”
“Something tells me (he) may have had personal experience doing something like that himself,” Romney dodged effortlessly.
Kimmel later asked Romney how much he would pay to persuade Trump to withdraw from the race. Romney explained that he couldn’t put a dollar amount on that, adding, “Donald Trump just needs to get out of the race… let’s make people happy and let’s have a candidate we can be proud of.”