Poll Context: Watch Mitt Romney praising Donald Trump in this video. His views have obviously changed recently as he now attacks Trump and urges people to follow other candidates so what changed? Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney now thinks “Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud” and that he’s “playing the American public for suckers,” according to prepared remarks provided by Romney to CNN. Romney, the party’s nominee in 2012, will urge Americans “to make the right choices” and not support the GOP front runner during a speech he’ll give March 3rd at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics Forum. In the video however, he states, “Donald Trump has shown an extraordinary ability to understand how our economy works and to create jobs, he has done it in Nevada and across the country. He is one of the few people who stood up and said China has taken jobs from Americans. We believe in free trade but we have to have a President to stand up and not allow people to cheat day in and day out.” Take the poll.