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Donald Trump: Mitt Romney 'Choked Like A Dog' In The 2012 Election

Trump said during a rally in New York on Tuesday, "The last election should have been won, except Romney choked like a dog."

By Ryan Biek | April 13, 2016

During a rally in New York on Tuesday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump impersonated former GOP nominee Mitt Romney choking. 

Trump told those at the rally, "The last election should have been won, except Romney choked like a dog. He choked. He went, 'I can't breathe!'" 

There's been an ongoing dispute between the two candidates. And it's not the first time Trump has said Romney should have won the 2012 presidential election. 

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Like in Maine last month: "He's a choke artist. He's an absolute –– and I started hitting him so hard. In fact, people said, 'Why'd you hit him so hard?' Because we cannot take another loss," Trump said

And in New Hampshire in August: "Mitt Romney let us down. He should have won that election. He failed. He choked. In the end, no different than a golfer who misses a putt on the 18th green," Trump said.

Fast-forward to Tuesday, and Trump extended that golf metaphor by comparing Jordan Spieth's recent Masters Tournament loss to Romney's. Though Trump said Spieth will recover, while Romney can't. 

About six months ago, Trump didn't seem to be on Romney's radar nearly as much, even after Trump had publicly said he'd choked. 

"Will you support Donald Trump if he's the nominee in the end?" Romney was asked. 

"I will support the Republican nominee. I don't think that's going to be Donald Trump," Romney replied

But last month, Romney outlined criticisms of Trump in an almost 20-minute-long speech. "Here's what I know. Trump is a phony, a fraud. His promises are as worthless as a degree from 'Trump University,'" Romney said

Trump actually endorsed Romney during the 2012 presidential election. The businessman leads the race for the 2016 nomination but is still fighting to keep the Republican convention from being contested. 

This video includes clips from Fox NewsMSNBCC-SPANUnder ArmourKSAZABCNBC, and Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., and images from Getty Images. 

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