"Maybe if you weren't so lazy, you wouldn't be poor."

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 taken during a fundraiser at the Boca Raton home of “controversial private equity managerMarc Leder.

In addition to his callous dismissal of half the nation, Romney also cracks a 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 about privilege (“I have inherited nothing”).


But it’s that statement about the 47% that’s causing such an uproar. Here it is in full:

“There are 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 … These are people who pay no income tax.”

And also…

“[My] 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.

Romney has already called a hasty press conference to quell any (understandable) outrage, while some conservatives are, of course, embracing this.