NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) described Mitt Romney's expected Thursday attack on Donald Trump as "over the top."
In Romney's yet-to-be-delivered speech, the 2012 GOP nominee for president calls Trump a "phony and a fraud" and says that he is "playing the American people for suckers."
"I heard some excerpts of the speech and I thought it was a little bit harsh and over the top and I wonder why we as Republicans want to always eat our own," she told The Huffington Post in an interview at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Brewer, whose endorsement followed those of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Maine Gov. Paul LePage, also said Trump may have gotten confused when he was asked about KKK leader David Duke's support for him on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday. Trump was given three opportunities to disavow Duke on the show but declined to do so. He later tweeted a clarification that he disavowed Duke's support.
"People always want to race-bait you. It's not about that, it's about the rule of law," she said. "I saw him on Friday on CNN and he disavowed it, and got mixed up a little maybe on Sunday. But the bottom line is he has disavowed it, it's horrible, nobody supports David Duke, nobody supports the Ku Klux Klan, except the bad people, they are bad."