Rewriting Romney’s family history ‘joke’


Mitt Romney used the old “father born in Mexico” line to try to appeal to Latino voters while speaking at the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Lawrence O’Donnell pointed out in the latest Rewrite, Romney didn’t talk about it quite the same way when he is speaking to his fundraising audiences which are not exactly heavily Latino. 

Romney said, “[His dad George Romney] was born in Mexico and uh, had he been born of uh, Mexican parents, I’d have a better shot at winning this. But he was unfortunately born to Americans living in Mexico. He lived there for a number of years. And uh uh, I say that jokingly but it would be helpful to be Latino.”

The Republican audience actually found Romney’s joke pretty funny. 

O’Donnell mused, “Would that same Republican audience laugh if Barack Obama was reminiscing about how his family fled the United States of America to Mexico because his great grandfather found American law limiting him to one wife at a time to be just unbearable?”

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Rewriting Romney's family history 'joke'