While Mitt Romney always had a tough road to winning the last election, the infamous video of him at a $50,000 a plate dinner complaining about the 47% of moochers likely put the lid on his chances. Now the person who made the video has emerged from the shadows. To no one’s surprise, he was one of the staff working the event. His name is Scott Prouty and he worked as a bartender that evening and in an interview he explains what caused him to record the event, how he did it, and why he agonized over what to do with it once he realized what he had.
One thing that struck me was how Prouty got irritated right off the bat at the way Romney talked to the staff as soon as he entered the room.
His attention was piqued when Romney walked into the room and quickly began ordering staff members around. Even though his comments that the workers should speed up their service was likely in jest, that still rubbed Mr Prouty the wrong way.
I have noticed that quality about people who are bullies and have a sense of entitlement. They are ‘jokingly’ rude to people who are not in a position to joke back to them in the same way. When called on it, which they rarely are, they will say it was all meant in fun but the people at the receiving end often feel demeaned.
Another interesting point was that Prouty was disturbed by the way Romney spoke approvingly about the appalling conditions of the workers he saw in factories in China.
After that, Romney began talking about the military-style organization of a factory in China where one of his companies had outsourced some of its work. The former governor went on to describe how 12 young women were living in each of the small boarding rooms, in three-tiered bunk beds.
‘At this point I realized this was not your typical speech,’ Mr Prouty said.
Mr Prouty thought that Romney’s views on the factory were the most outlandish, and reflective of what the candidate thought of practical work environments.
‘He just wandered through this horrendous place, and he thinks this is pretty good,’ Mr Prouty said.
It is interesting that this aspect of the video got hardly any play in the media during the election, though to me it sounds terrible.
Now that Prouty has come out into the open, you can likely expect the right wing noise machine to go into every detail of Prouty’s life in order to punish him for his actions. He is bracing himself for the onslaught.