Would Romney trigger a backlash from hardcore Trump supporters?

Conway opined in a subsequent tweet that Henry Kissinger and George Schultz, respectively secretaries of state for Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, “flew around the world less, counseled POTUS close to home more. And were loyal. Good checklist.”

Were those digs against Romney or merely a reflection of anti-Romney sentiment she had been hearing from the grassroots? Conway did retweet conservative commentator Erick Erickson’s endorsement of Romney for secretary of state, saying it showed Republican “diversity” in contrast with the Democrats’ “identity crisis.”

Trump supporters have unfurled a #NeverRomney hashtag on Twitter. Romney was of course one of the highest-profile Never Trump supporters in the Republican Party and repeatedly disparaged the 2016 nominee’s character, ideology and business acumen. He also disagrees with Trump on trade and big foreign policy questions.

Other pro-Trump corners of the web are up in arms over a hypothetical Romney nomination, with early supporters pointing out that most people who like the idea were anti-Trump.