Mitt Romney drew boos, shouts and jeers from attendees while speaking here to the NAACP convention, who balked at his claim that he — not the country’s first black president — could best represent black America.
“If you want the president who will make things better in the African-American community, you’re looking at him,” Romney said, as he was immediately met with loud shouts.
Apparently Romney’s campaign thought he did a great job convincing the folks in attendance at the NAACP convention that he’d better represent them than President Barack Obama, with Romney campaign advisor Tara Wall stating, “He had a standing ovation at the end. There was a lot more applause than disagreement.” I wonder if it ever occurred to Tara Wall that it’s quite possible those in attendance were just being polite to a presidential candidate, because I don’t see much in Mitt Romney’s presidential platform that would lead me – or any other reasonable, rational person – to believe he’d do right by African-Americans in this country. After all, Romney supports making it harder for African-Americans to vote (He’s supportive of Voter ID laws), he wants to eviscerate the social safety net (Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, other assistance programs), and he wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which isn’t perfect but provides health care coverage to more Americans.
I’m inclined to agree with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s assessment that Romney wanted to be booed at the NAACP Convention, and while Pelosi didn’t explain her statement, I think Romney’s appearance – and more importantly his rhetoric – was carefully calculated to help Romney solidify his conservative credentials among the more racist segments of the conservative movement.
The fact is, a Mitt Romney presidency would be devastating for African-Americans – not to mention women, latinos, the poor, the middle class, and pretty much anyone who doesn’t make $250,000 or more per year or who isn’t a corporation.