I’m not talking about Mitt. I’m talking about his daddy, George Romney, former governor of Michigan.
In 1967, while preparing to seek the Republican nomination for the presidency, Gov. Romney addressed a conference of Mormons in Alaska. (Seriously.)
Considered a “liberal Republican,” George Romney – along with his wife, Lenore – “spoke with compassion of the plight of Negro slum dwellers,” wrote David Broder in the Washington Post (February 20, 1967).
“Mrs. Romney, who quoted the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, said [America] will be judged not by its achievements in space or weaponry but its ability to prove that ‘we can live in brotherhood.’ ”
Pretty cool, huh?
And then Gov. Romney told the Alaskan Mormons this: “[Y]ou have no idea what conditions are in the ghettos of the East. You have no idea what it means for a child to reach the first grade with a vocabulary of 20 words. Racial discrimination is our gravest social injustice.”
Ummm... what? A “vocabulary of 20 words”?
A 2-year-old child with Down syndrome has more than a 20-word vocabulary. (True. I looked it up on the Internet.)
So what the hell was George Romney talking about? Or maybe his “magic underwear” was riding up?
I wonder what kind of conversations about race young Mitt heard around the family dinner table?