Mitt Romney, for all of his faults as a candidate, was a very smart, competent and skilled administrator. In a broken-up USA, he would make a fine elder statesman for Deseret (Mormon-land). Romney was always a winner, and very attuned to pitching himself to voters with what he and his advisors thought they needed. In 2008, he was ahead of the game with a focus on immigration. In 2012, he continued his anti-illegal immigration pitch and "Mr. Fix-it" for the economy. He could not connect to the base, could not shake off his prior support for Obamacare that he signed into law in massachusetts as Romneycare, and he could not plunge the dagger in the second debate. He was not loved by the GOPe, but when he had the nomination sown up with the Michigan primary win righting his ship, the GOPe backed him with passion.
Romney is no different than Trump. Trump's signature issue is immigration, but a focus on being anti-illegal immigration. Trump's wall? Romney wanted a wall. Romney wanted to do just about everything Trump wants to do with the exception of deport millions starting day one. Here are his political positions with regards to immigration per La Wik.
During the 2012 presidential election primary campaign, Romney called Arizona’s approach to illegal immigration “a model for the nation.” He vowed that on his first day in office as president, he would bring an end to the lawsuits the Obama Administration’s Justice Department had brought challenging Arizona’s immigration policy. He also praised the anti-illegal immigration efforts of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a law professor who had drafted much of Arizona’s SB 1070 immigration enforcement lawand similar measures around the country. Campaigning with Kobach in January 2012, Romney said, “We need more conservative leaders like Kris willing to stand up for the rule of law. With Kris on the team, I look forward to working with him to take forceful steps to curtail illegal immigration and to support states like South Carolina and Arizona that are stepping forward to address this problem.” When the Supreme Court struck down parts of Arizona's SB 1070 in June 2012, a Romney campaign spokesman said that Romney supports the rights of states to make their own immigration laws when the federal government has failed to address illegal immigration.
To help combat illegal immigration across the border with Mexico, Romney has said that the U.S. must erect a fence along the entire 2,600 mile border, equipped with technology to detect attempts to breach the barrier, and outfitted with adequate numbers of border patrol agents.
Romney also said during the primary campaign that he would seek to make the U.S. a much less hospitable place for undocumented immigrants by eliminating what he called the magnets that attract them. An example of a magnet, he said, would be offering to undocumented immigrants the same tuition discounts that are offered to legal residents who attend public colleges in their states, a benefit that rival candidate Governor Rick Perry supported for Texas students who had been brought as children to the U.S. by their undocumented immigrant parents. Romney similarly said that he opposed all forms of amnesty because he regards amnesty as another magnet for illegal immigration.He vowed that as president he would veto the DREAM Act (legislation which would allow individuals who had been brought to the U.S. as children when their families immigrated illegally an opportunity to qualify for permanent residency if they met certain qualifications), because he considered it yet another magnet for illegal immigration.
Romney has argued that a key step to reducing illegal immigration would be to reduce the job opportunities available for undocumented immigrants. He has said that requiring employers to confirm each worker’s immigration status using an E-Verify-type database, such as in Arizona, and punishing employers who hire workers lacking proper documentation, would lead employers to stop hiring undocumented immigrants, with the result that fewer immigrants would choose to come to the U.S. illegally, and many of those who are already in the U.S. would "self-deport."
This is not that different than Trump's desired policies nor the means with which he would execute his policies. The hate on Trump cannot be fore unreasonable, racist policies since they mirror the policies that the prior nominee wanted to implement as president.
The other attack is on Trump being photographed with Democrats, donating money to Democrats and beign Democrat friendly. The GOPe does not want to admit that a FIRE economy dependent billionaire is going to have to butter both sides of the bread to get his way. Elon Musk donates money to both parties, yet if he ran for Governor of California, the Democrats would toss roses at his feet despite the GOP donations. There is a "Johnny-Come-Lately" tag attached to Trump, which is comical considering it was the same thing said about Romney.
Let's use one of these GOPe Twitter pundits own writing. This baseballcrank post sums it up. Crank wrote 15,000 words against Romney prior to a final blast, mocking Romney for being an unconvincing convert. Crank is sharp, and secretly, Trump is the candidate Crank has wanted for years. Crank and company still supported Romney like good soldiers. Romney passed Romneycare. Romney ran against Ted Kennedy in the '90s and said he would spearhead and pass things Kennedy could not because he knew how to work the government of the '90s. Romney was a victim of geography, and he did not want to move to Michigan and run there. Had he done so, he probably would have won a presidential election. The GOPe knew all of this about Romney.
They still supported him in the summer and fall. They still backed him. They still told you little peasants to get your asses to the voting booth for him. They did not take their ball and go home because voters did not support Gov. Rick Perry. They did not dream of a white knight to save them in the spring despite Gov. Mitch Daniels being at the ready. The GOPe and Smart Set were perfectly fine with Trump. Romney and Trump were both sons of wealthy men who made even more money. The GOPe even whispers now of using Romney against Trump in the spring if they get desperate enough. This is a circus for a position with less power than the public imagines, but the GOPe threatens a backstabbing.
Trump is not their guy. Trump is not jumping through the hoops they have set up. Trump is not speaking to them, but he is speaking to the little guys. The GOPe has deamed of a populist candidate. They have dreamed of a guy that blacks may slide over to by even an additional 5-10%. They have prayed for one who fights the media for being unfair and goes out to every stump speech with this message; "DC-NYC is corrupt and needs a spring cleaning" for decades. Trump just isn't their guy, and they hate him for that.