Mitt Romney can’t catch a break on this overseas trip. Dogged by gaffes in even seemingly safe territory like England, the Republican candidate for president now has to deal with a short-tempered spokesman who lost it with reporters in Poland, the last stop on Romney’s three-country tour.
Just hours ago, it seemed that Romney might escape Poland with nary a gaffe present. “Romney stays on message in Poland after UK, Israel missteps,” read one headline. Alas, with the last limo door set to shut and reporters pressing in with complaints that the candidate hadn’t answered but three questions from the traveling press corps over the weeklong trip, Rick Gorka couldn’t help but let off some steam.
The traveling press secretary yelled out to the pack as they hurled questions at the retreating Romney who had just laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
“Show some respect. Kiss my ass. This is a Holy site for the Polish people. Show some respect.”
A few moments later, he added a “shove it,” to Jonathan Martin of Politico, CNN reports.
Perhaps taking his own advice to “show some respect,” Gorka reportedly apologized to the reporters about 30 minutes later.
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