In January 2012, Mitt and Craig Romney did a small rally in Plymouth, Iowa. At that rally, Mitt Romney admitted he tripped his daughter-in-law, who had just given birth, in order to win a family race.
CRAIG ROMNEY: ...And it was down to my wife and my dad over here.That's nice, an old man trips his own daughter-in-law to win a foot race ... hmmm ... well, at least he didn't impersonate a cop this time like he did when he was in college.
ROMNEY: I tripped her.
CRAIG ROMNEY: And it was kind of in the home stretch in the run there. And she had a slight lead on him. And he said that in that moment, he decided he was going to win that race or he was going to die trying. And you see this fight to the finish, and he went for this -- he gave it everything he had. He gave it a good kick and he beat her in the end. And he did almost die trying, by the way.
He passed out in a lawn chair and we didn't see him the rest of the day. He barely made lot of life. But it's that type of hard work, it's that type of determination, I think, that we need in the White House.
The Atlantic Wire, January 31, 2012
Was Mitt 'kidding' when he volunteered on stage that he tripped his daughter-in-law in a foot race to win? hmm ... I seem to recall the family laughed when the story first broke of Mitt driving 12 hours with a dog on the roof of his car ... then they stopped laughing. But, in their defense, Ann Romney has told us that the dog loved being placed on the roof for 12 hours.
In June 2012, the rightwing blog Daily Caller wrote that Mitt Romney would often impersonate police and pull drivers over.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was once quite the prankster. Apparently he was also somewhat of a felon.
Reporter Joe Conason writes in an article published by The National Memo that Romney routinely impersonated police officers by sporting a cop uniform that he owned. Romney would show off his uniform, apparently a gift from his father, to friends.
One of Romney’s college friends, Robin Madden, claims the former Massachusetts governor “told us that he was using it to pull over drivers on the road.”
“He also had a red flashing light that he would attach to the top of his white Rambler,” Madden said.
“We thought it was all pretty weird,” recalled Madden’s wife, who also attended Stanford University with Romney. “We all thought, ‘Wow, that’s pretty creepy.”
Daily Caller June 2012
Fast Forward to General Election:
Buzzfeed reports that Romney's Hispanic Steering Committee Chairman Rudy Fernandez coordinated the Univsion Hispanic Forum in a way that allowed Mitt Romney to "cheat" and break the rules that both the Romney Campaign and Obama Campaign had agreed to.
[A]fter exhausting the few conservative groups on campus, the Romney camp realized there weren't enough sympathetic students to fill the stands on their night ... Rudy Fernandez, the university official charged with coordinating the forums ... allowed [Romney] to bus in rowdy activists from around southern Florida in order to fill the extra seats at their town hall.But, according to Buzzfeed, President Obama's campaign stuck to the original deal.
Obama's campaign, meanwhile, stuck to the original parameters and allowed a large chunk of the tickets to be distributed to interested students on campus. The result was a quiet, well-behaved crowdOh, and let's not forget about those Murray Energy Coal Miners who forced to contribute to Romney's campaign, forced to attend a Romney Rally and then docked pay for attending the rally -- but hey -- at least Robert Murray forced his employees to makeup the work-time they lost by attending the rally.
On August 28, 2012, Raw Story reported that Robert Murray Energy forced their coal miners to attend a Romney Rally.
A group of coal miners in Ohio feel they would have been fired if they did not attend an Aug. 14 event with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and contribute to his campaign — and to make matters worse, they lost of day of pay for their trouble.Raw Story quoted a Murray Energy Coal Miner as saying
Raw Story August 28, 2012
“Yes, we were in fact told that the Romney event was mandatory and would be without pay, that the hours spent there would need to be made up my non-salaried employees outside of regular working hours, with the only other option being to take a pay cut for the equivalent time,” the employees told WWVA radio host David Blomquist.
“Yes, letters have gone around with lists of names of employees who have not attended or donated to political events.”
On August 28, 2012, Ohio Newspaper "The Plain Dealer" reported that the Romney campaign did not return calls regarding the forced attendance of the coal miners.
A Romney campaign spokesman did not respond to a request for comment from The Plain Dealer Monday afternoon.Less than a month after the Romney Campaign refused to respond to questions about forcing employees to 'pack' a Romney rally, the Romney Campaigned used those same coal miners in a campaign ad.
The Plain Dealer, Ohio News, August 28, 2012
Politico reported on September 20, 2012, that the Coal Miners were pissed that they were used in the Ad.
Coal miners ad: Mitt Romney spot leaves workers fumingThen there are the "Pants On Fire" pathological lies that Romney, Romney's Campaign and Romney's talking heads spew and admit they are going to continue to spew in spite of Fact Checkers calling them liars.
If some of the coal miners standing with Mitt Romney in his new campaign ad don’t look happy, it’s probably because they’re not.
The campaign pulled the footage for its new “War on Coal” spot from a recent Ohio rally that some coal miners complained they were forced to take a day off without pay to attend.
The Romney campaign did not respond to several requests for information on where the ad was filmed
Politico Sept 20, 2012
The Romney campaign has been rebutted by many fact-checking organizations over inaccuracies in the claim, and during a panel discussion today, Romney pollster Neil Newhouse responded to the criticism, saying,Yes, I know, politicians lie and create visual illusions to con voters with ... but ... the point to this Diary is to underscore the Romney Family ideology that cheating at everything, including tripping your own daughter-in-law, is a good quality.
“We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers.”
Mitt and Ann Romney have raised their kids to believe that 'severely' lying and cheating is equal to, as Craig Romney said: "hard work" and according to the Romney family cheating and pathologically lying is the "type of determination, that we need in the White House."
The last time America elected a President and Vice President who were pathological liars, we got Bush and Cheney ... and the Iraq War ... and the melt down of the US Economy.
It is my opinion that the Romney Family are ass holes.
Some people in the comment section think that because Mitt laughed when he said he tripped his daughter-in-law that means Mitt was 'kidding' - I disagree. I remember Rachel Maddow saying Mitt's "Tell" is laughter.
Remember when Mitt laughed about strapping his dog to the roof of his car for 12 hours. Remember Ann Romney laughing at the fact that the dog had diarrhea? Here is an interview where both Ann and Mitt laugh about the dog -- are they kidding in this segment?
How about the time Mitt laughed about the time he pinned down a classmate and cut his hair while the young man was crying and begging Mitt to stop. (Mitt laughing starts at timestamp 1:03)
My point to showing these videos of Mitt laughing at his bizarre behavior is meant to illustrate that when Mitt laughs at the inhumane things he has done in his life, that does not mean Mitt did not do that bizarre thing. In fact, historically, Mitt's laughter, "tell," would indicate he did do that inhumane thing.
I do not think Mitt was kidding when he said he tripped his daughter-in-law. The mere fact that Mitt laughed when he told the story, does not equal the story not being true ... at least not when you're talking about Mitt Romney.