A couple of months ago, I launched a Friday afternoon feature, highlighting the most offensive Mitt Romney falsehoods of the week, and it moved to Maddow Blog a month ago. Let’s keep this going with another installment.
1. Going after President Obama, Romney told voters this week, “Did you hear this? He believes he ranks among the top four presidents in American history. Can you believe that? I’d find a different spot for him.”
Obama never said this.
2. Romney told Michigan voters about his presence at Detroit’s Golden Jubilee, celebrating the American automobile’s 50th anniversary. Romney said he “probably 4 or something like that” when his dad “had a job being the grandmaster.”
Romney wasn’t born at the time of the event.
3. Referring to the president, Romney argued, “He also promised he’d cut taxes for middle-income Americans. Hasn’t done that, either.”
Actually, Obama has cut middle-class taxes several times over the last three years. If this is supposed to be one of Romney’s key areas of interest, how could he not have noticed this?
4. After winning the Michigan primary, Romney boasted, “[T]here are a lot of people who were saying that if you are running for office you really can’t speak honestly to the American people. Well, we did.”
12. Romney argued this morning, “You know how many trade agreements this president has negotiated? Zero.”
Panama, Colombia, and South Korea know better.
Newt Gingrich argued this week that Mitt Romney “has a near Pavlovian reflex of lapsing into falsehoods in order to rearrange reality to his liking.” That’s harsh, but hardly unfounded.