Four Americans were recently killed in a terrorist attack in Libya. Before the terrorists even fired their rocket-propelled grenade into the Embassy that housed the Americans, Romney was issuing a statement blaming President Obama’s policy for the attack. It was a political move by Mitt Romney and he gained much criticism from Democrats and Republicans for injecting himself into an ongoing national security issue… an unprecedented move on his part.
And now, thanks to a newly released recording that shows Romney saying some very disparaging things about 47% of Americans, we can now understand why Romney chose to politicize the events in Libya. To put it simply, Mitt Romney would say or do anything to further his own political ambitions, even if it means doing so on the backs of dead Americans.
Around the 4 minute mark of the now infamous recording, Romney explains that if given a chance, he would jump at the opportunity to use an American hostage crisis or a situation where Americans died to gain favorability. At the fundraiser where the recording took place, a question was asked about foreign policy and the discussion gradually went to the hostage crisis in 1980. That is when Romney said this;
“And yet, in that election, in the Jimmy Carter election, the fact that we had hostages in Iran, I mean, that was all we talked about. And we had the two helicopters crash in the desert, I mean, that was the focus, and so him [Reagan] solving that made all the difference in the world.
I’m afraid today that if you simply got Iran to agree to stand down on nuclear weapons, they’d go, ‘Now hold on. It’s really a…‘ I mean, if something of that nature presents itself I will work to find a way to take advantage of the opportunity.”
In other words, what happened in Libya was looked upon by Mitt Romney and his advisers as “a way to take advantage of the opportunity.” Americans died in Libya and even after that fact was known, Romney continued doubling down on his false claim that the President’s foreign policy was somehow responsible.
At a time when America is under attack by foreign forces, the last thing this nation needs is a politician who use those attacks as a way to “take advantage of the opportunity” in an effort to “get the focus.”