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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign made the leap from quiet xenophobia to full-blown racial politics today, when an unnamed foreign policy adviser to his campaign told The Daily Telegraph that Romney understands diplomacy with Britain better than President Obama does, because he is “part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage.

John Swaine reports:

In remarks that may prompt accusations of racial insensitivity, one suggested that Mr Romney was better placed to understand the depth of ties between the two countries than Mr Obama, whose father was from Africa.

“We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and he feels that the special relationship is special,” the adviser said of Mr Romney, adding: “The White House didn’t fully appreciate the shared history we have.”

So Republicans have gone from thinking that President Obama is not black enough to thinking that he is too black to “fully appreciate” our relationship with Britain. Lovely.

Almost as soon as the controversial comments were published, the hunt for their source began. Speculation has focused on Nile Gardiner, who serves as co-chair of Romney’s European foreign policy team. Gardiner — who has ties to the cultish Unification Church, which does not exactly have a sterling record on race issues — makes sense as a potential source because he blogs for the Telegraph, and has a history of using similar language in his writings.

Gardiner denies these allegations, however, telling The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent that he was contacted by Swaine, but referred the call to Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul.

The Romney campaign also denies any responsibility for the comment. Spokesperson Amanda Hennenberg said in a statement that “It’s not true,” and “If anyone said that, they weren’t reflecting the views of Governor Romney or anyone inside the campaign.”

Additionally, Romney spokesperson Ryan Williams accused the Obama campaign of using “a false quote from a foreign newspaper to prop up their flailing campaign.”

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  • old_blu

    I can’t imagine that Britain is going to think that is okay, and someone should be fired, if they really said that.

  • Sadie Jones

    What a ridiculous thing to say.

    From Wikipedia “His mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, was born in Wichita, Kansas, and was of mostly English ancestry,[7] along with Scottish, Irish, German, and Swiss…”

    • Revcarrie

      I do a great deal of geneaology and have for over 50 years. The last I checked my records, Scottish, Irish, English all qualified for Anglo-Saxon relations. Don’t forget Romeny is half Mexican on his father’s side just as President Obama is half Kenyan on his father’s side. Both men are half Anglo-Saxon on their other side. I would say that makes them equal in that aspect…..only that aspect but nonetheless, nationality is a draw…..only Romeny doesn’t like to remind everyone that he is half Mexican….hummm! Food for thought here.

      • “…..only Romeny doesn’t like to remind everyone that he is half Mexican..”

        except only when it comes to courting the Latino vote

      • Neither Scottish nor Irish do. They’re Celtic, not Anglo-Saxon.

      • Germansmith

        Oh Yes, the Irish
        First victims of Anglo Saxon Imperialism and xenophobia

        Why do you think we have so many Irish and Scottish descendents in this country?

    • end Obama father was a real black man who just took off on his mother

  • K3HY

    Mitt Romney is an equal opportunity offender.

  • Of course Romney wouldn’t officially denounce those statements — to do so would appear to cave in to the crazies who believe the President Obama doesn’t belong in the White House, simply because of his race.

  • sheilab2

    Romney is the slimiest candidate we have ever had for President. He lies, he cheats, probably steals (doens’t pay fair share of taxes). After these latest remarks,he doesn’t even deserve to shine Obama’s shoes. Every day more and more slime comes out about his dealings.

  • the TRUTH ALWAYS OUTS ITS SELF. WE KNEW THEY WERE RACISTS. THEY JUST TRY TO COUCH IT IN DIFFERENT TERMS.

    • old_blu

      Jeeze, whats with all the yelling? (take off your caps)

  • Obama sold out america to the elligals for votes JOE ARPAIO was sue by Obama becouse he is doing a real good job in Arizona guet all the unducumented elligals out of america , if u like to came to america came legals ways not jump the fance like they do all the time , im a democrat i did vote for Obama last time but never will vote for hin aguien.

    • Wow, you don’t have a very good command of the english language, do you? I guess that it proves the addage that while all conservatives are not stupid, all stupid people are conservatives. Regards.

  • FranzOttoNr1

    Well Mitt, there goes any black vote you might have had

  • a-Ha … the ever elusive, unnamed adviser. Why is it ‘news’ outlets always quote unnamed spokespersons?

    BREAKING NEWS: According to unnamed advisors to National Memo, the publication has admitted they are less interested in providing accurate news for their readers than pushing their own biased oponions. Moreover, some of the editors at NM may secretly support a progressive agenda in their choice of stories … according to an unnamed offical with close ties to the Church of Modern Conspiricists.

    Sound familiar?

  • Germansmith

    If only those with Anglo Saxon background can be President, then what happens to the rest of us?
    It seems to me that the US is heavily invested in China and the Middle East .
    By that logic, let us find a Chinaman that speak hebrew and is married to an Arab or Iranian.

    • Diogenes67

      There goes Piyush Jindal for Vice President.

  • Someone should tell the fool that is making himself look worse and worse.

  • I AM AMAZED, ENTERTAINED, AND SADDED BY THE ABSOLUTE HYPOCRACY OF THE ROMNEY CAMPAIGN. HE IS A PATROIC AMERICAN, WHOES WEALTH JUST HAPPENS TO BE OFFSHORE, YET HE INPUDES A SITTING PRESIDENT TO FORGEIN DIPLOMATES.
    FIRST HE SUGGESTED THAT AN AUSTRALIAN DIPLOMAT HAD DISPARGED THE PRESIDENT. THE DIPLOMAT CALLED ROMNEY OUT AS A LIAR. NOW IN COMMENTS TO A LONDON NEWSPAPER HE SUGGESTS THAT THE PRESIDENT IS NOT ANGLO SAXON ENOUGH TO HAVE A GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH ENGLAND.
    THIS IS THE GAFFE MACHINE THAT WE WANT TO LET LOOSE ON THE WORLD STAGE? HIS INTERACTIONS TO DATE INDICATE THAT HE HAS NO NOTION OF WHAT DIPLOMACY MEANS.

    • Diogenes67

      Please lay off the caps. Thanks.

    • old_blu

      Stop yelling it hurts my ears.

  • jebediah123

    Actually, I think Newt Gingrich’s comment that Obama exhibits “anti-colonial behavior” is the epitome of gross stupidity. Is he saying that the illegal and immoral occupation of African and Asian countries by Europeans was somehow their God given “right” as Anglo-Saxons (white) to dominate these peoples?

    What a complete and utter fool. And he wanted to be president. Sadly, the hatred and distrust that these colonized countries have for Europeans runs deep.

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  • romney is appealing to the racist voters in America, because he is completely sure that the tip of the iceberg in race relations is already above the water( the whole iceberg.) Nothing is hidden anymore, and he is so careless with his concepts and messages to the voters that make us feel ashamed.

  • Romney is appealing to the racist and bigot voters which lately has multiplied, knowing that fact he is so careless expressing his inner feeling about the minorities and non anglo-saxons. Utterly shame to our beloved USA

  • Ed

    This is the underlying theme of the attacks of the last four years. He IS NOT LIKE ME! I WANT “MY” COUNTRY BACK! Never dreamed that someone would actually speak the truth.

  • Ayaya Worenwu

    Romney does not know his left and right. Why did Republicans nominate an agent of nuisances for president? Massachussetts saw Romney’s four years governorship as a decade of taboo. Romney is just a bunch of jokes. Leadership is not about how insincere, crooked and fraudulent one is.

  • ya anti-christ romney ur doing great over there across the pond first you tell the brits that the way there doing the games isnt right insulting them that way and then ur knocking the PRES,S race and color . ur batting a 1000 ding dong . get over ity anmd ur thinking that every thing you do is better then any one else . ur not even a good mormon. as for that faith from what i understand thy dont like to bet at all never mind a $10,000 bucks bet on the tv get a grip on life go to the edge of the cliff and do the world the best thing you can do leap off

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  • bigspender7

    Hard to see the good in this comment. Romney, true to form, denies even knowing his team Romney advisor who made this statement. Ever see a more insincere man that Mitt Romney?

  • As I stated before, I will repeat it! The more Misfit ROmney opens his mouth; the more he shows the world his ignorance! News flash, Misfit Romney: There are black people throughout the whole U.K./G.B.!

  • marriea

    Some things are just better not said. Who was it that said ‘ It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, then to speak and remove all doubt’.

  • Melvin Chatman

    DUH!!
    The NAACP speech was “trashed” as soon as he read it, so it’s normal for MITTENS and HIS staff of Hatred filled “IGNUTS”

  • Landsende

    Open mouth, insert foot. Romneys first trip overseas as a presidential candidate and he insults the British. Now he’s headed to Israel and Poland. If we’re lucky he won’t get us in a war. Is this the kind of president we want?

  • anthonyliberatore

    Britain ain’t that white. Have you been out and about?

  • anthonyliberatore

    britain ain’t that white. Have you been out and about?

  • Arakiba

    Just shows how racist the Repubs are.

  • Being the racists the ultra-rich have become, why does this NOT surprise us? Has it been only a few years that Mormons have allowed males of color into their leadership? Question: Why would a decent religious individual want to become a Mormon?

  • Since Romney is 1/2 mexican, he had bettter be more careful with his words about anglo saxons. Romney is a racist and a rich snob. He and his wife refer to the American people as “you people” so that has to say something about his ability to lead Americans. I DO NOT want this jerk representing me here at home or out in the rest of the world. I do not share his value system and do not respect him ,wife or his sons. The rich are certainly different and not mainstream in their thinking. Dump this guy and 4 MORE YEARS FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA!!!!

  • Did he remember the part of him that is Mexican, when they took refuge there to support his father’s faith of Mormanism. How soon we forget our heritage for the sake of power.