Romney campaign to our allegedly free press: Kiss my ass, this is a holy site!
So, the Romney world tour of gaffes is complete, it seems. It ends in Poland with the Romney campaign blaming the press for the candidate’s horrific media coverage, from Mitt the Twit in London to Racist Romney in Israel. Romney’s press secretary told American journalists to “kiss my ass” and “shove it” today.
Romney is now in Poland, playing up “freedom” and “liberty” while ignoring that it was the labor union Solidarity movement that fought against Communist rule (someone really ought to tell Fox News that). In fact, the Solidarity movement distanced themselves from Romney due to his attacks on unions here in the U.S., in spite of his invite from former Solidarity leader, Lech Walesa.
After Romney visited Warsaw’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the press tried to ask a few questions, and you know how dismayed Republicans are over our semi- free press. No more, for the liberty! Things boiled over for the campaign when Rick Gorka, Romney’s travelling press secretary, lashed out when asked by reporters from CNN, WaPo, and the NYT about Romney’s many mishaps and gaffes.
A CNN reporter asked, “Governor Romney, are you concerned about some of the mishaps of your trip.”
Gorka said, “Kiss my ass. This is a holy site for the Polish people.”
Oh, so holy, Mr. Gorka! At least he didn’t say fu*king holy site, right?
Mr. Gorka went Sarah Palin 2008 and demanded that the press “show some respect” for Romney, which translates to “do not ask questions he doesn’t want to answer.”
Mr. Gorka saved his final insult for Politico, when he told a Politico reporter to “shove it”.
Just like the candidate he represents, Mr. Gorka later tried to reverse his outburst, retroactively taking it back with an apology.
Etch-a-sketch it, Gorka, and we’ll all believe.
Here’s Mitt Romney meeting former Polish President Lech Walesa:
Overshadowing his visit to Poland is the outrage Romney left boiling behind him in Israel, with Jewish leaders joining Palestinians in calling Romney a racist over his remarks noting the “the dramatic, stark difference in economic vitality” between the Jewish and Palestinian cultures, which many feel he attributed to an innate superiority of Jews. That’s okay for Romney as the more he insults the Palestinians the better it is for him with his base and his donor Sheldon Adelson, but what he may not have intended to do was insult the Jewish people.
“You can understand this remark in several ways,” political science professor Abraham Diskin at the Inter-Disciplinary Center outside of Tel Aviv told the Associated Press. “You can say it’s anti-Semitic. ‘Jews and money.'”
Hey, Associated Press, kiss Romney’s ass! He won’t be answering any of your questions until you ask the questions he wants to answer — for the liberty.
What you’re seeing here is the result of a very insecure candidate after a week of relentlessly negative press, during what was meant to be Romney’s soft debut onto the world stage.
Romney can blame the press all he wants, but a real leader should be able to handle the press, and a real leader should certainly be able to handle saying a few supportive words about the Olympics and refrain from racist comments while visiting an exceptionally sensitive area. If Romney thinks he can use the press for photo ops while ignoring questions he should have expected about his Insult the World tour, then he doesn’t really understand the job of President.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
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