In an interview with Fox News today, Mitt Romney suggested there was reason to believe there is a bombshell in the tax returns Donald Trump has not yet released:

There might be a “bombshell” revelation to be discovered in Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s tax returns, 2012 party nominee Mitt Romney said Wednesday.

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 responded later Wednesday on Twitter, slamming Romney for losing a winnable election, and calling him “awkward” and “goofy” when the governor asked for the real estate magnate’s endorsement.

Trump supporters, and even many non-Trump supporters, are outraged. How dare he?! Isn’t that what Harry Reid did to Romney?

Well, not exactly. Reid said “the word’s out” that Romney had not paid taxes for 10 years, thus suggesting he had actual knowledge or at least a source. And the allegation was very specific, failure to pay taxes for 10 years.

By contrast, Romney explicitly was speculating based on non-release of the taxes. He didn’t suggest he had inside knowledge, and didn’t declare his speculation to be confirmed.

But there’s something very ironic about Trump and his supporters complaining.

Just yesterday, I wrote how Trump threatens owners of Chicago Cubs after they donated money to a SuperPAC running ads against Trump:

Trump was closer to Reid than Romney. Trump suggested he knew of specific things the Ricketts were hiding.

That tactic was cheered by many Trump supporters — he’s a fighter, he fights like a leftist, he’s just what we need. Quite a difference from how many of them are reacting to Romney’s comments about Trump.

*For the Record* I don’t think the claims by Reid, threats by Trump, or speculation by Romney are justified. But only one of them is running for president this year.

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