Despite gladly accepting Donald Trump’s endorsement back in 2012 during his own presidential run, Mitt Romney came out on Thursday and blasted the GOP presidential front-runner. Romney said that if Republicans choose Trump, “the prospects for a safe and prosperous future are greatly diminished.”

Romney claims that Trump will lead the country into a “prolonged recession.” Regarding national security, Romney said, “Trump’s bombast is already alarming our allies and fueling the enmity of our enemies. Insulting all Muslims will keep many of them from fully engaging with us in the urgent fight against ISIS.”

The Associated Press details that Romney calls a Trump nomination a win for Hillary Clinton.

Romney also said that a Trump nomination at the party’s convention in Cleveland in July would enable Democrat Hillary Clinton to win the presidency. He contended that Trump “has neither the temperament nor the judgment to be president.”

Romney’s involvement comes as party elites pore over complicated delegate math, outlining hazy scenarios for a contested convention and even flirting with the long-shot prospect of a third party option.

Giving Romney the back of his hand, Trump turned his sights on the general election. His campaign reached out to House Speaker Paul Ryan’s office to arrange a conversation between the two men, and urged Republican leaders to view his candidacy as a chance to expand the party.

But Romney isn’t the only presidential loser to jump in on the anti-Trump act. John McCain added his own comments on Thursday, saying he was concerned about Trump’s “uninformed and indeed dangerous statements on national security issues.”

McCain said that with threats from Russia, Iran, North Korea and terrorist movements across the Middle East and Africa, Republican voters should pay close attention to what these national security experts are saying about Trump.

McCain said voters should “think long and hard about who they want to be our next commander in chief.”

The members of the GOP establishment are in full meltdown now. What’s next?

Here’s a video of Romney accepting Trump’s endorsement. Romney’s comments start at about the 2-minute mark.

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Failed GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is expected to call on Republicans to nominate a more mainstream, level-headed leader — someone other than Donald Trump — in a major speech at the University of Utah today, even as his former senior adviser warned that the time to do so is nearly up.

“Four years ago Romney was basically declared the presumptive nominee” after Super Tuesday, Eric Fehrnstrom said on Boston Herald Radio’s “NewsFeed” show yesterday, comparing the former Massachusetts governor’s 2012 performance to Trump’s near-sweep on Tuesday.

“Now, the race went on for some weeks after that, but it became impossible for his opponents to catch up. I think we’re in the same situation with Trump right now,” Fehrnstrom said.

“And if you look at the calendar moving forward, it’s not very kind to Trump’s opponents.”

Romney is not expected to endorse a candidate or jump into the race himself when he addresses Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics student forum today on the state of the 2016 presidential race and the choices facing the Republican Party and the country.

Mitt Romney accepting Trump's endorsement in 2012.

Mitt Romney accepting Trump’s endorsement in 2012.

“He is discouraged and dismayed by the direction the party is going in, and what he looks for in a candidate is someone with an even temperament who has the capability and the skills to guide the country, particularly as it relates to our nation’s foreign policy,” Fehrnstrom said. “He’s made it clear, especially in the last few days, that he doesn’t think Donald Trump is that person. So I suspect that’s what he’s going to be addressing in his speech.”

Romney’s big announcement comes just two days after Trump’s Super Tuesday triumphs and just hours before a televised debate in Michigan tonight where the billionaire will square off against the three rivals who trail far behind him.

“I find it hard to believe that he, or frankly anyone else in the race, would parachute in on the premise that there’s going to be an open convention,” Fehrnstrom said. “Based on the results so far, that’s not going to happen.”

Romney has engaged in a battle with Trump for the past week, saying in a TV interview that he believes there could be a “bombshell” in the billionaire’s tax returns and tweeting that he saw “a disqualifying and disgusting response by @realDonaldTrump to the KKK,” referring to questions Trump faced about support from former Ku Klux Klansman David Duke.

Trump has responded by repeatedly assailing the former Massachusetts governor as a “dope” and a “pawn.”

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