On Wednesday Mitt Romney said some interesting things
about Donald Trump and his tax returns, and they got picked up by a lot of news outlets and pundits, including Legal Insurrection
. This is the way his remarks were generally reported:
He also called on the entire GOP field to release their tax returns.
“I think there’s something there,” Romney said of Trump’s returns, “Either he’s not anywhere near as wealthy as he says he is, or he hasn’t been paying the kind of taxes we would expect him to pay,” Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto on “Your World.”
Trump supporters felt that this was a low blow, and unsubstantiated as well. Also, coming from Romney---the guy many judge as having been insufficiently hard on Obama in 2012---it seemed uncharacteristic.
As usual, though, it's always instructive to look at the transcript, and then to do a little digging into the background. In the full transcript
Romney went into more detail than that. He went on to say: