Mitt Romney once said he would have a better shot at being president if he was Latino. Now, Rosie Perez is calling him out on it.
The Thing You Maybe Didn’t See in the Romney “47%” Video
During Mitt Romney’s presidential bid, he’s said a lot of stupid things. But Romney’s infamous “47% are freeloaders” comment, made to wealthy donors and secretly videotaped, has perhaps taken the crown.
Now actress Rosie Perez, appearing in a video for Actually.org, a super PAC-powered campaign backed by the Jewish Council for Education and Research and the American Bridge 21st Century, is calling out another of Mitt Romney’s devastatingly moronic verbal outpourings from that same video.
Romney, jokingly he assured us, said that if his father had been born of “Mexican” parents he would have had a “better shot at winning” the presidential race. He went on to say that he thought it would be “helpful to be Latino.”
This, yet again, shows how utterly divorced from reality Mitt Romney is, and in the video Rosie Perez is keen to highlight that fact with some comedic panache.
“That is so true… Think of all of our Hispanic-American presidents,” Perez riffs. “From Jorge Washington to Jorge Bush. And who can forget Presidente Jimmy Smits.”
Perez then questions why Mitt should stop there?
“What if you were just a little bit gay, Mitt,” Perez asks. “Think of all the advantages that would provide. No, wait for it … what if you had a vagina. If you were a gay Latina, this election would be in the bag for you.”
“Unfortunately for you Mitt, you were cursed with the hard-knock life of growing up as the son of a wealthy governor and auto executive.”
Watch the hard-hitting video below:
Polls suggest that, nationally, Obama currently has a big lead with the Hispanic community, with around 70% saying they would vote for the incumbent. However, Romney may have been able to narrow some of those gaps in states like Florida where recent polls suggest the gulf is now much less pronounced.
Romney’s words are made twice as egregious by the fact that Republican backed voter ID laws, as a remedy to a problem that has not been evidenced, have dealt a big blow to the Hispanic community.
A recent study suggests that as many as 10 million Hispanic voters may be affected by voter ID laws by their demand for proof of citizenship that, due to logistic and monetary concerns, may mean members of the Hispanic community simply do not attempt to cast their vote at all.
If only Romney were a gay Latina, he might understand this fact. Then again, were that the case, he probably wouldn’t be running as a Republican presidential candidate.
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