The damning footage was captured by smartphone at a private fundraising event last May. It was posted Monday night by the independent news blog, Mother Jones.
One thing is certain about the candidate’s latest and largest gaff. The entire ordeal—from the video’s leak to its backlash—exquisitely demonstrates the force of social media.
Within 24 hours of the video’s posting, it hit 2.4 million plays. The video received more views in its first day than Romney’s viral Obama attack ad, “Fine?”, has to date.
And the Twittersphere continues to erupt with angry and satirical hashtags. Mother Jones promotional tag for the video, #RomneyEncore, is among the top ten most trending U.S. hashtags.
While we have social media to thank for surfacing and circulating the candidate’s remarks, we also have it to blame for obscuring and even overblowing them. Zeroing in on exactly what the candidate meant is hard through this social catastrophe. So, who are these 47%? And why on earth do they feel so “entitled”?
Unfortunately for Mitt, it turns out that the millions of Americans who don’t pay income taxes don’t pay them for a reason.This graphic detail breaks down this hated 47% for us. Among them are the working poor, low-income students, and the disabled and elderly.
Obviously, Romney’s reasoning is far from sound. Forty-seven percent of Americans don’t pay income taxes. And this half of America, the presidential hopeful reasons,”isn’t [his] job to worry about”.