Donald Trump compared 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s campaign to Jordan Spieth’s game at the Masters in a stump speech.
“That last election should have been won,” Trump opined in a Rome, New York, speech, “except Romney choked like a dog. He choked. He went, ‘I can’t breathe.'”
Trump made his remarks on Tuesday stumping for votes ahead of the New York primary next week. The comparison of Romney to Spieth came as part of a larger point that although he supported Romney in 2012 and John McCain in 2008, he did not want to watch on the sidelines as the Republican nominee repeated the pattern of defeat this go-around.
“Let me tell you, Jordan Spieth choked a little bit,” Trump continued. “But you know what? He’s going to recover. He’s a great young guy, and he’s going to recover. Romney can’t recover from a choke. That was an election that should have been won.”
Spieth enjoyed a considerable lead at Augusta this past weekend a year after tying the tournament record of -18 set by Tiger Woods in 1997. But his bid for back-to-back Masters victories hit a roadblock on the 12th hole on Sunday when he scored a quadruple bogey.