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Romney: I Fight Trump So I ‘Can Sleep at Night’

Mitt Romney took the high ground on Friday when he said that he chose to fight Donald Trump so that he could “sleep at night.”

“I wanted my grandkids to see that I couldn’t simply ignore what Mr. Trump was saying and doing, which revealed a character and temperament unfit for the leader of the free world,” he said in a Wall Street Journal interview published Friday.

“I know that some people are offended that someone who lost and is the former nominee continues to speak, but that’s how I can sleep at night. And there are some people, though it’s a small number, who still value my opinion.”

The Hill reports:

Romney, the GOP’s 2012 presidential nominee, admitted that he may have poured more fuel on the fire by attacking Trump’s fitness for the Oval Office.

“Friends warned me, ‘don’t speak out, stay out of the fray,’ because criticizing Mr. Trump will only help him by giving him someone else to attack,” he said. “They were right. I became his next target, and the incoming attacks have been constant and brutal.”

Romney added that he has ruled out a third-party White House run, noting he will not vote for Trump nor for Hillary Clinton, the Democratic front-runner.

“Hopefully I will find a name I can support,” he said. “If not, I will write in a name.”

Romney tore into Trump in a speech in March, calling him “a phony, a fraud,” and saying “his promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University.”

Trump has repeatedly mocked Romney’s efforts to stop him.

“[Romney] walks like a penguin,” he said earlier this week in Anaheim, Calif. “Poor Mitt Romney. I have a store that’s worth more money than he is. … I understand losers. You can make a lot of money with losers. He’s a choker. He choked like a dog [in 2012].”

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