Romney’s ‘Anglo-Saxon’ dog whistle the latest in a string of attacks on Obama’s heritage

We've said it before and we'll say it again: With such abhorrent views as these, why would anyone want to vote this party into power?

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An adviser to Mitt Romney has definitely stirred up publicity for the Republican candidate’s UK visit, by claiming President Obama does not understand the “special relationship” between the two countries, due to not appreciating the “Anglo-Saxon heritage”.

mitt-romneyApparently, borderline racism wins votes in Romney world, as the Telegraph reports:

In remarks that may prompt accusations of racial insensitivity, one suggested that Mr Romney was better placed to understand the depth of ties between the two countries than Mr Obama, whose father was from Africa.

“We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and he feels that the special relationship is special,” the adviser said of Mr Romney, adding: “The White House didn’t fully appreciate the shared history we have”.

Think Progress pointed out how this was not the first time Romney’s campaign had attacked the President’s heritage:

The comments were the latest attack by the Romney campaign on Obama’s multi-cultural heritage. Last week, Romney campaign co-chair John Sununu said Obama didn’t understand the “American system” because he “spent his early years in Hawaii smoking something, spent the next set of years in Indonesia.”

Sununu also said Obama needed to “learn how to be an American.” (Sununu later apologized for that remark.) Later that day Romney called Obama’s policies “extraordinarily foreign.”

Mark Ferguson from LabourList commented:

“Today, Ed Miliband (and David Cameron) need to call Mitt Romney out on the vile dog whistle politics carried out by his campaign.

“Of course it’s nonsense. For starters Barack Obama (despite the inevitable popularity-slippage that office brings) is spectacularly popular in Britain (more so than Cameron, Miliband or Clegg).

“He has British family (including his step-mother), and he’s even a West Ham fan.

“His address to parliament showed that he understands Britain – a real, modern, complex multi-racial Britain. The real Britain that exists today, rather than the ye olde Britain that Mitt Romney and his advisors seem to have in mind.

We may have Old Etonians as our prime minister and mayor of our Olympic city, but we’re not the one dimensional bunch we might so easily be portrayed as.”

 


See also:

Islamophobia and homophobia unashamedly rife amongst the Republicans 20 Jul 2012

Romney’s bankerlove extends as Barclays lobbyist raises $184k for Presidential campaign 16 Jul 2012

Super Tuesday continues Republican death spiral towards November presidential elections 7 Mar 2012


 

Left Foot Forward reported only last week that Islamophobia and homophobia are rife amongst Republicans.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: With such abhorrent views as these, why would anyone want to vote this party into power?

 


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