The consensus among the talking heads on MSNBC and elsewhere about Mitt Romney’s speech at the NAACP Conference on Wednesday is that he said what he said intentionally to get the crowd to boo at him.
Many politicians and news pundits were reluctant to say that Romney’s remarks to intentionally solicited the boos, but his response at a fundraiser later that night seemed to confirm their suspicions…
Mitt Romney had this remarkable message for the members of the NAACP who booed him when he told them he’d repeal the Affordable Care Act:
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.
Rachel Maddow reported on Romney’s remarks tonight, which he made at a fundraiser in Hamilton, Montana.
Romney has been accused of hoping to get booed during his speech at the NAACP in order to drum up right-wing support, and as Maddow pointed out, these latest comments lend support to that theory.
“It seemed like Mitt Romney wanted to get booed at the NAACP this morning,” Maddow said. “He wanted to wear that around his neck like a badge of courage. It looks like he is not wasting any time in doing so.”
And later on The Last Word, Goldie Taylor of The Grio had a more visceral response to Romney’s comments.
“That tells me all I need to know now about Mitt Romney, who at first I believed is just disconnected,” Taylor said. “Now I know his problem is much bigger than that.”
- Romney Absorbs Boos, Tells NAACP That Democrats Have Failed Blacks (npr.org)
- Romney’s speech to NAACP draws boos from audience (latimes.com)
- Romney Booed For Pledging To Repeal Obamacare During NAACP Speech (thinkprogress.org)
- Romney’s unpleasant visit with the NAACP (maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com)
- The Faces (and Reactions) in the Audience as Mitt Romney Delivered NAACP Speech (colorlines.com)