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May 31 2012

Romney Refuses to Repudiate Trump’s Birtherism

ThinkProgress notes yet another flip flop by Romney, this time on the subject of whether a candidate should repudiate the obnoxious views of those who support them. When Rick Perry was introduced by Robert Jeffress, who said that Romney was a member of a cult, Romney demanded that Perry repudiate those statements:

“Gov. Perry selected an individual to introduce him who then used religion as a basis for which he said he would endorse Gov. Perry and a reason to not support me. Gov. Perry then said that introduction just hit it out of the park,” Romney said.

“I just don’t believe that that kind of divisiveness based upon religion has a place in this country. I believe in the spirit of the founders, when they suggested in crafting this country that we would be a nation that tolerated other people, different faiths — that we’d be a place of religious diversity,” Romney continued.

He concluded, “I would call upon Gov. Perry to repudiate the sentiment and the remarks made by that pastor.”

Perry responded:

“The governor does not agree with every single issue of people that endorsed him or people that he meets,” Miner said. “This political rhetoric from Gov. Romney isn’t going to create one new job or help the economy. He’s playing a game of deflection and the people of this country know this.”

Now that people are demanding that he repudiate the Birther bullshit pushed by Donald Trump, suddenly Romney agrees with Perry:

Mitt Romney refused to directly repudiate Donald Trump’s claims that President Obama was born in Kenya just hours before he is scheduled to appear with the reality T.V. star for a fund raiser in Las Vegas, NV. “A candidate can’t be responsible for everything that their supporters say,” Romney spokesperson Eric Fehrnstrom told CNN on Friday, before insisting that the former Massachusetts governor “accepts the fact that [Obama] was born in Hawaii.”

Well isn’t that convenient.

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  1. 1
    Gregory in Seattle

    Mitt Romney, the Chameleon Candidate! His color changes with the scenery! Now you see his principled stand, now you don’t !

  2. 2
    Tâlib Alttaawiil (طالب التاويل)

    uh, i think you mean “refudiate”…

  3. 3
    Tualha

    But, but, it’s different if the person being maligned is a liberal. Then it’s ok.

    (Of course one might well ask what that has to do with Obama.)

  4. 4
    Jeremy Shaffer

    There’s another flip- flop from Romney in there. Romeny’s big on religious tolerance when it is his religion that is in focus. That seems to disappear if he can get another one examined instead, even if he has to create it on the spot. In his earlier statement to Perry he said:

    I just don’t believe that that kind of divisiveness based upon religion has a place in this country.

    Yet when he was trying to get the nomination in ’08 Romney basically invented a religion, which he called “secularism”, in a speech about religious tolerance in order to foster religious divisiveness.

  5. 5
    Randomfactor

    Don’t understand why he doesn’t just repudiate birtherism. It’s not like he won’t support it again next week on the flipside.

  6. 6
    reddiaperbaby1942

    Well, yah know, he needs that 50.5%! A guy’s gotta do what he’s gotta do — no matter how sleazy and corrupt.
    As the old proverb tells us, he who would sup with the devil should bring a long spoon. Romney’s been supping with quite a few devils lately.

  7. 7
    Ichthyic

    As the old proverb tells us, he who would sup with the devil should bring a long spoon. Romney’s been supping with quite a few devils lately.

    Can God make a spoon that is too big for even he to lift?

    ask Mitt Romney.

  8. 8
    bahrfeldt

    In a matter much more significant than the former World Wrestling Entertainment superstar’s latest schtick, last Monday on Daily Kos, in a post titled “Mitt Romney says Donald Trump is ‘good people’”, the lead photo clearly shows that Trumpenstein’s reputed rug is not a mammalian carcass, an alien invader nor a manufactured monstrosity, but is in fact merely an elaborate, poorly done, bleached blond combover.

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