Mitt Romney is a bigot

Famous varmint hunter Willard “Mitt” Romney has been reported to have said he would exclude any Muslims from his cabinet. According to Monsoor Ijaz, in the Christian Science Monitor:

“I asked Mr. Romney whether he would consider including qualified Americans of the Islamic faith in his cabinet as advisers on national security matters, given his position that “jihadism” is the principal foreign policy threat facing America today. He answered, “…based on the numbers of American Muslims [as a percentage] in our population, I cannot see that a cabinet position would be justified. But of course, I would imagine that Muslims could serve at lower levels of my administration.”

Romney, whose Mormon faith has become the subject of heated debate in Republican caucuses, wants America to be blind to his religious beliefs and judge him on merit instead. Yet he seems to accept excluding Muslims because of their religion, claiming they’re too much of a minority for a post in high-level policymaking. More ironic, that Islamic heritage is what qualifies them to best engage America’s Arab and Muslim communities and to help deter Islamist threats.

Apparently, Romney doesn’t understand that our government isn’t constructed along strict demographic lines. Maybe someone should ask him if he thinks it should be. For one thing, that would mean more women than men in both houses of Congress. Which would be a good thing, although it’s likely Romney wouldn’t agree. As for the stupidity of Romney’s bigotry, go read Ijaz’s article.

Furthermore, as Trapper John pointed out, Romney’s an opponent of Affirmative Action, so the position he bases on his bigotry is also hypocritical. And, of course, Romney has tried to weasel out of the situation by claiming a case of bad reporting. Well, TPM Election Central has now discovered that this wasn’t the first time Romney has expressed his bigotry:

As you know, Romney is in a bit of a spot because of an  account in the Christian Science Monitor by an Islamic businessman who claims Romney said that he “cannot see that a cabinet position would be justified” for a Muslim. Today Romney  denied this version of events, saying that he had actually been asked whether he thought he needed a Muslim in his Cabinet to effectively counter Jihad, not whether he opposed the idea of having a Muslim in his Cabinet.

But as we reported earlier today, we located two GOPers in Nevada who say that Romney had in fact been asked a similar question and given a similar answer at another event three months ago. George Harris, a state GOP official, told us that he asked Romney at a private fundraiser if he would have any Muslims in his Cabinet. According to Harris, Romney’s reply was “most likely not.”

We’ve now discovered that there’s a contemporaneous account of this episode in something called Liberty Watch Magazine, which Harris publishes.

So, Romney is not only a bigot, he’s also probably a liar. Act surprised.

The only question is whether being a bigot against Arabs and Muslims will help or hurt Romney, in the Republican primaries.


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  1. and thank you Turkana for saying it

  2. lets see…


    Bible-Waving Religious Zealot…

    Consevative and Monied…

    A bigot?

    Are you sure, Turkana?

    I’m having trouble connecting these dots…(end snark)

  3. out in the open, Christian fundies of all denominations:

    Let’s just all admit that when you speak of Freedom of Religion, you mean only your particular brand of Christianity…

    Let’s just all admit that “Freedom of Religion” just means the freedom to legally discriminate agains those who don’t share your beliefs…

    Let’s just all admit that you all want a Religious State of your Particular Brand…

    And while we’re at it, why don’t we all just admit that any religious law or decree which you shall impose upon us all has no effect or force upon you personally, as you’re above the law as a religious person, and even if you personally break it, your God is the only one who can judge you…even as you judge and punish others.

    Let’s just cut the crap, religious people…

  4. with the RW “base”.  

    “The only question is whether being a bigot against Arabs and Muslims will help or hurt Romney, in the Republican primaries.”

    There has been an policy of subtle and even some not so subtle endorsement of bigotry in the Bush Administration, and in the RW media.  Limbaugh, Beck and Coulter, et al say hateful things, make threats against people that disagree with them, bully others, including children–all with impunity.  They keep their jobs.  They are sought after speakers at GOP events.  IMHO the RW tolerance for bigotry has expanded in direct relationship to their lack of suffering any consequences for their overt and subtle expressions of bigotry.  

    Romney, it would seem, believes that he will not suffer any consequences for being a bigot, and that he will win big points with his base for doing so.  It’s all a sad commentary on our country; I sometimes feel that we are entering the new Dark Ages, where civilization is but a memory.  


  5. both the Republicans and their audience via the debate tonight I would say that his bigotry cred is low on the scale of what is required to get the crowd a cheering. Stirring the depths of human degradation, and the lowest of the low seems to be the competition .    

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