Mitt Romney Shows Tolerance, Inclusiveness With New Black Hire? Not!

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tara wall romney communications directorMitt Romney wants to show us that he cares, y’all. That is, if we are to believe his intentions are genuine with the hire of Tara Wall (pictured) as a senior communications adviser. Personally, it’s not working for me, but feel free to tap into your inner idealist if necessary.

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Wall is a former newscaster, senior adviser to former President George W. Bush and currently works as a conservative columnist and deputy editorial page editor for the Washington Times. With credentials like those, it’s no wonder Romney has tapped her to lead efforts to reach out to Black voters.

According to the Washington Post, the Romney campaign doesn’t expect to pilfer a substantial number of Blacks from President Obama; however, they are looking for “a way to reassure independent swing voters that Romney can be inclusive and tolerant in his thinking and approach.” Wall assures that this is a genuine attempt at the campaign to show voters how much more inclusive they are than most may believe.

Wall explains:

From a messaging standpoint, we need to be able to communicate and relate to these communities about how they are being impacted by Obama’s policies. It’s the right thing to do, and it’s an important part of the process. It’s not a ploy, it’s not a tactic, it’s part of who we are. We have to show up.

You can start laughing at this very moment. It’s okay, their team has earned it.

Perhaps the Mitt Romney of yesterdecade appeared like the kind of guy who might be more inclined to show a bit of sensitivity than most of his GOP peers, but the Romney of late has proven himself to be everything but.

Romney has taken an ultra-conservative hardline toward women, immigrants, and gays, when presented with the opportunity to disavow the more directly outlandish (read: stupid) prejudices among his flock.

Enter Donald Trump and his continued pushing of the notion that President Obama was not born in America. Speaking with The Daily Beast on Friday, Trump was asked about his “birther” views.

He said:

“Look, it’s very simple. A book publisher came out three days ago and said that in his written synopsis of his book.”

Trump added:

“He said he was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia. His mother never spent a day in the hospital.”

There are people on the Web who swear Beyoncé hired a surrogate to birth the anti-Christ. That doesn’t make it true, Don, but it sure proves how dimwitted and gullible many still are. Not to mention how quick they are to believe anything that relates to their lingering prejudices.

Mitt Romney has noted that he won’t repudiate Trump for this trite and incredibly racist views.

You know, I don’t agree with all the people who support me and my guess is they don’t all agree with everything I believe in. But I need to get 50.1 percent or more and I’m appreciative to have the help of a lot of good people.

Translation: I need the dimwitted racist voting bloc in order to win.

True enough, Romney isn’t responsible for the viewpoints of all his supporters, but if Romney is aiming to show “independent voters” (I don’t buy the term, most lean one way or another but I digress) that he can be inclusive and tolerant, what sense does it make to stand by someone with racist and xenophobic views? This is nothing more than Romney yet again bowing to the pressures of the far right of his party no matter how asinine their beliefs can be.

If he’s in the interest of showing voters that he can be tolerate and inclusive with this new push for Black voters, he’s off to a rocky start to say the least.

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Michael Arceneaux is a Houston-bred, Howard-educated writer and blogger. You can read more of his work on his site, The Cynical Ones. Follow him on Twitter: @youngsinick

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