While many American jaws dropped over revelations of Mitt Romney’s disdain for half of America, Fox & Friends’ Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade stood by their man. “I would love for that to be a message for any candidate on the stump,” Kilmeade said, to an approving Doocy.
Here’s what Romney said at a fundraiser in May, as reported by Mother Jones yesterday:
There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax.
…[M]y job is is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.
Romney was so cognizant of the potential political damage that he hastily scheduled a press conference late last night where he “clarified” his comments by essentially doubling down on them.
Calling half of America mooching slackers? What’s not to like if you’re a Fox & Friends host and the comments were made by a Republican about Democrats? After all, it’s not as if a Democrat (like, say, Barack Obama) said that some people in small towns in Pennsylvania get “bitter” over the loss of economic opportunity and “cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
“I would love for that to be a message for any candidate on the stump,” Kilmeade said. “Because if you talk about making tough decisions from here on in, when you talk about entitlements for every one dollar in tax money we owe three (Doocy said, “right,”), we’re gonna have to make some really tough decisions. And if people in their lives aren’t going to do everything they can to understand that we can’t afford to pay housing, health care, food and everything else for people – and for college! It’s not going to be possible! Why can’t a leader put that forward?”
Doocy chimed in: “Besides, when you look at what Mitt Romney just said - politically, what’s the matter with it? …Politically, he’s right. He can’t count on them. He can’t worry about them showing up to the polls.”
Gretchen Carlson was the lone sort-of-differing opinion. She said, “People are going to pounce on” the last two lines, “to say that he doesn’t connect with the middle class and that he doesn’t really get it.”
But Doocy, pardon the expression, stuck to his guns. “When you look at his comments through the prism of politics. Remember, he’s a politician in front of a group at a fundraiser in Boca a couple of months ago. It all makes sense. They’re going to try to spin it the other way. But it is all explainable from his side.”
If Newt had his way, he (MittWitt) would have paid no taxes. Credit to Rachel M.
This man is a MittWitt.
In any case, I believe that the release of such videos is protected by the First Amendment… or not?
Was it really a surveillance video and not one of those telephony gadgets that take pictures?
I guess you would know about that, Mittens . . .
Certainly not the rich- they pay less and get more back. In fact, the estate tax is the only one I can think of where the rich get to know how we feel. And even then, not really if they got a good enough accountant.
@Thx4 Fish: I’d forgotten about sales taxes. Are they levied on food and basic needs (clothing, shoes, drugs, toothpaste, etc.)? If the answer is yes, those are perfect examples of indirect taxes that hit the less well off a lot harder than the better off.
Iâm sure we can all look forward to this any hour now.
That’s a great idea. In fact, Romney should make that his campaign slogan.
Romney: It’s Not Possible
What pisses me off is that the FoxGOPTV pukes know this, but they keep lying about it because they know their mindless sheep believe the lie.
I have friends, neocon friends, who for the first time in 20 years got a refund in 2010 and 2011. They’re part of the 47% but they refuse to see it. Stupids.
But since the federal government is collecting less taxes and doing less for people, the local governments are collecting more and doing more. The rate of taxes paid over all groups is fairly even its just divided differently into sales tax, property tax, state income tax and federal income tax. So the idea of freeloaders is simply red meat for the wing nuts. This is a chart that spells it out clearly
I don’t know how and when people are expected to pay FEDERAL taxes, but would bet my bottom dollar that the proportion of income paid in taxes by that 47% is higher than the proportion paid by the 1%.
That statement by Romney is an insult to the vast majority of the middle class, not only to the working poor.
I saw that video as well as two others on F&F: one where Romney simply kept on digging the hole and one of the press conference where he kept on digging.
At this rate, he’ll be on the ground in China wondering how he got there.
They (F&F) must being getting tired of waking up each day to clean up Mittâs messes from the previous day, when they just want to concentrate on their daily Obama bashing programming. Eventually theyâre going to accept the reality and realize they have a weak candidate who canât stop stepping in it. Iâm not counting my chickens yet with seven weeks to go, but I sure do wish today was election day.
Although the 47 number may be almost true, it’s often twisted into “they don’t pay taxes”. The problem is a lot of people have lost the ability of critical thinking and have forgot that “correlation is not causation”. You have to ask WHY those roughly 47% don’t pay INCOME tax.
It’s along the same vein as saying “gas was $1.87 when Obama took office”. It’s correct but it’s misleading in that it was the bottom of the gas price slide precipitated under Bush who had gas at $4.12/gal 4-5 months earlier. The main point to an unpolluted mind is that the POTUS has VERY little control over domestic gas prices but that doesn’t play well with the narrative.