NAACP leaders can’t stand the fact that Romney got applause during his speech yesterday, so much so that they have to make outlandish claims that he brought his own black supporters with him to clap for him:
HUFFINGTON POST – Did Mitt Romney bring in supporters to cheer him on during his Wednesday speech to the NAACP?
That’s the charge made by Hilary Shelton, who heads up the Washington, D.C., chapter of the NAACP. Shelton told Ed Schultz on MSNBC Wednesday night that Romney flew in supporters to Houston to applaud him at the civil rights group’s annual convention.
“The campaign actually gave me a list of African-American VIPs that they brought in to the NAACP meeting,” Shelton told Schultz. “So, I’m sure those are the ones they sat down with because, quite frankly, none of the rank-and-file NAACPers met with him.”
After the speech, Romney said that he had African-American supporters at the convention who spoke with him privately and expressed their support.
Romney was booed during the speech for his saying he would repeal President Obama’s signature health care law and was met with snickering and jeers when he told the audience, “If you want a president who will make things better in the African American community, you’re looking at him.”
But he received scattered applause at other junctures in his address, including when he said he would uphold traditional marriage.
“They are bringing people in that they know will support his agenda from other places that aren’t active with the NAACP,” Shelton said on MSNBC. “These are people that were actually brought in to provide the cheering for him so there will be some support for him along those lines.”
It gets even worse. Apparently LarryO has a theory that Romney got booed on purpose to help him win the white racist vote or something. Yes, I’m not kidding:
DAILY MAIL – Discussing the speech on his ‘Last Word’ show with Goldie Taylor, a liberal writer and commentator, O’Donnell highlighted ‘the Southern strategy that Republicans have used since [President Richard] Nixon and started a little bit before that, where there`s actually an almost overt sometimes appeal to racial and racist voting.’
He then asked: ‘And tell me, Goldie, if I`m being too cynical, to think that the Romney campaign actually went in that room today with the hope of getting booed, at least three times, because they want the video of their candidate being booed by the NAACP to play in certain racist precincts where that will actually help them?’
Taylor responded that ‘I don`t think you`re being too cynical at all’, adding that Romney ‘used a word like “Obamacare,” which is a derisive term for the Affordable Care Act’.
I think Rush is right. These people are scared to death that Romney might win more of the black vote than Republicans got in 2008.