Along with his his trademark laugh, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has riddled the campaign trail with some of the most epically tone-deaf quotes, including “I like being able to fire people,” “I’m also unemployed,” and, of course, “corporations are people to, my friend.” But at CNN’s GOP presidential debate in Jacksonville, FL on Thursday, Romney racked up the out-of-touch remarks.
Already under fire for his offshore accounts, his tax returns, and his profits from foreclosed homes, Romney sought to defend exactly why he had a Swiss bank account. “I don’t know of any American president who has had a Swiss bank account,” Gingrich said.
In what is sure to resonate with struggling middle-class Americans, Romney defended himself by noting that it’s not he, but his “trustee” that manages his investments. “I have a trustee that manages my blind trust” and “wanted to diversify” the portfolio, he said, no less than seven times. Take a look at Romney’s rough moments last night:
Romney finished the exchange with a knowing nod when Gingrich noted that comparing his wealth with Romney’s is “like comparing a tiny mouse to a giant elephant.” Indeed, Romney’s complete inability to relate to the plight of struggling middle-class Americans certainly makes his wealth the elephant in the room.