As we reported earlier, a video of Mitt Romney making comments about a large percentage of American voters has made major waves on social media as the clip pings around the internet, and now the hashtag #47percent has begun to trend in the wake of the controversial video’s impact.
Even earlier today, we posted about another piece that had been getting lots of attention on the web centering on Romney, and a campaign that seemed to be flailing as swing voters have not been as effusive as many in the GOP anticipated. Politico did an in-depth look at some of the foibles attributed to the Romney camp in recent weeks.
Romney has a habit of saying things with a grain of truth but in a way so offensive that it is off-putting to but a small number of listeners — critics always say the GOP candidate comes off as difficult to relate to and plastic, but the new video is a level up for Romney in lack of relatability, which is saying a lot.
Currently on Twitter, the hashtag #47percent is trending with a lot of activity as well as the hashtag #RomneyEncore. Users seem to be entirely not favorably viewing the comments, with tweets such as:
I too believe that all Americans are entitled to a minimum level of food, housing, and healthcare. #47percent
— David Roberts (@drgrist) September 17, 2012
I am not the #47percent but I would rather my taxes support American families than a dancing horse.
— Jo Paoletti (@jbpaoletti) September 18, 2012
Mitt Romney: “It’s time we stop offering school lunches to kids who are moochers” #47Percent
— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) September 18, 2012
Dear Republicans on Medicare, he was talking about you too. #47percent
— BWD (@theonlyadult) September 18, 2012
— Scott Wooledge (@Clarknt67) September 18, 2012
— Ro (@onerebeldevil) September 17, 2012
It will be interesting to see how Mitt Romney’s unwanted viral video pans out, but the clusterfracas of gaffes makes a Romney win in November seem increasingly farfetched.