Mitt Romney has made a grave mistake: in a big coup for Mother Jones, the site scored a video of the GOP presidential hopeful dismissing half of America.
In a scene straight out of a comic book, Romney holds court as a “sneering Plutocrat,” disdaining 47% of Americans as layabouts and wastrels fattened on government cheese. The video was takenÂ during a fundraiser at the Boca Raton home of “controversial private equity manager” MarcÂ Leder.
In addition to his callous dismissal of half the nation, Romney also cracks aÂ joke about tokenism (referring to his father: “Had he been born of Mexican parents, I’d have a better shot of winning this”) and makes a remarkably oblivious statement aboutÂ privilegeÂ (“I have inherited nothing”).
But it’s that statement about the 47% that’s causing such an uproar. Here it is in full:
“There areÂ 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. [Those are the people] 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 …Â These are people who pay no income tax.”
“[My]Â job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”
If you’re too shocked to react, here is a reminder of what your face should be doing:
Mother Jones actually has many more videos.