Last week the media was outraged after an audience member shouted “treason” during a Romney speech on Obama’s failed record. The Obama Campaign demanded that Mitt Romney apologize for the audience member.
“Today we saw Mitt Romney’s version of leadership: standing by silently as his chief surrogate attacked the President’s family at the event and another supporter alleged that the President should be tried for treason,” said Obama spokeswoman Lis Smith in a statement. “Time after time in this campaign, Mitt Romney has had the opportunity to show that he has the fortitude to stand up to hateful and over-the-line rhetoric and time after time, he has failed to do so. If this is the ‘leadership’ he has shown on the campaign trail, what can the American people expect of him as commander-in-chief?”
But, then on Saturday this happened…
An Obama supporter screamed out that Romney is a “traitor” during Obama’s speech in Ohio.
It was clear as a bell.
Of course, the US media didn’t report this. But, the British press did.
The Guardian reported:
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The shout from the crowd was clear. As President Barack Obama gave the first official campaign speech of his re-election bid at a sports arena in Ohio last weekend the first mention of his Republican opponent Mitt Romney prompted a male voice in the throng to yell: “Traitor!”
Earlier in the rally, held in the Ohio state capital of Columbus, several warm-up speakers for Obama had derided and mocked Romney for once using a Swiss bank account. Campaign videos played to the audience had prompted loud boos when Romney appeared or was mentioned.
It was a remarkable shift of opinion about an opponent that many liberals and Democrats would have once dismissed as being bland, uninspiring and known chiefly for a moderate record as governor of traditionally Democratic Massachusetts. Yet now it seems that left-wing anger at Romney might emerge as a key factor in the 2012 election, providing a motivating tool for liberal groups whose base is divided about the achievements of Obama but appears increasingly united in anger at his Republican foe.