It’s one thing to attack your political opponent in a debate, or at a press conference when it's business as usual. But it’s another thing to polarize a tragedy to gain political pull.
Money Mitt struck again when he tried to portray President Obama as having a weak stance on foreign policy after news broke about the violent attacks on US diplomatic missions in the Middle East. Angry mobs attacked US facilities to protest a provocative film by a California filmmaker that depicted and ridiculed the Muslim Prophet Muhammad.
The U.S. released a statement criticizing the film, however Romney launched criticisms at the President and the U.S. embassy as the attacks were taking place on U.S. diplomatic missions in Egypt and Libya. In a statement released Tuesday night, he called Obama's handling of the Libya and Egypt attacks "disgraceful."
In Benghazi, four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, were killed. Romney’s accusation was based on a statement released by the embassy in Cairo. On Wednesday morning, when more data about the tragedy was released, Romney upheld his critical stance on the President, saying that his administration "sympathized" with the mob in Egypt while he was in Florida, a key swing state.
"The president takes responsibility not just for the words that come from his mouth, but also for the words that come from his ambassadors, from his administration, from his embassies, from his State Department. They clearly sent mixed messages to the world. The statement that came from the administration — and the embassy is the administration — the statement that came from the administration was a statement which is akin to apology. And I think was a severe miscalculation."
Mitt's inappropriate comment shows a lack of judgment, sensitivity and leadership. This isn’t the first time that Mitt Romney spoke out of bounds, and we're confident it won’t be the last.
Remember when he insulted London during his first diplomatic outing by questioning whether it was capable of staging a successful Olympic Games? How about the time he wrote, "let Detroit go bankrupt"? And, of course, no one can forget when told a CNN reporter that he is "not concerned about the very poor" because they "have a safety net there." But don't worry, poor people, if your safety net needs repair, Mitt vows that he'll "fix it."
Time and time again, Mitt has proven himself to be an out-of-touch businessman in desperate need of a diplomacy class. When will he learn?