Yesterday, following his speaking engagement at the NAACP Convention, Clutch asked if presidential candidate Mitt Romney deserves the trust of voters of color. It looks like Romney himself answered that question later yesterday evening, at a fundraiser in Hamilton, MT. Romney was quick to inform the crowd that he’d been booed at the NAACP event, an occurrence he reportedly anticipated. He spun the chilly reception he received as the price for sticking to his political principles:
By the way, I had the privilege of speaking today at the NAACP convention in Houston and I gave them the same speech I am giving you. I don’t give different speeches to different audiences alright. I gave them the same speech. When I mentioned I am going to get rid of Obamacare, they weren’t happy, I didn’t get the same response. That’s OK, I want people to know what I stand for and if I don’t stand for what they want, go vote for someone else, that’s just fine. But I hope people understand this, your friends who like Obamacare, you remind them of this, if they want more stuff from government tell them to go vote for the other guy — more free stuff. But don’t forget nothing is really free.
Romney has since been roasted for what seems to be another in a long line of barely veiled attempts to connect minorities to “welfare culture.” He’s insinuating that he was booed by an audience who is “looking for free stuff” or governmental handouts and that “the other guy” — our sitting president — promotes a culture of governmental dependency.
Several MSNBC pundits, including Alex Wagner and Rachel Maddow, asserted that Romney went into the NAACP engagement “wanting to be booed.” Romney himself publicly stated that he “expected it.” Says Mediaite‘s Tommy Christopher: “The quote is so tone-deaf, and such a naked appeal to the “welfare queen” brand of racial and class resentment, that it’s almost hard to believe it’s real.”
ThinkProgress.org captured a few responses from members of the NAACP Convention audience who heard Romney’s initial speech first hand:
What do you think of Romney’s Montana fundraiser spin on his NAACP appearance?