From May 22, here’s Sen. Mitch McConnell commenting on Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital, committing a treasonous act of class warfare against American job creators:
“If you’re making a profit you must be up to no good, you must be either mistreating your employees or cheating your customers or both.”
Just to be clear up front, Sen. McConnell suggested nothing of the sort, unless you choose to be intellectually dishonest. The quote actually begins with “I think the view of this administration is that…” But if you’re like McConnell, and choose to cherry pick quotes completely out of context in an attempt to mislead voters, then this kind of deception is fair game and acceptable practice in 2012 American politics.
Today, Mitch McConnell decided to join together with Mitt Romney — perhaps the most serial liar to ever run for president on a major party ticket in American history — in perpetuating the ridiculous lie that President Obama told business owners that “you didn’t build that,” with “that” meaning their business, instead of what Obama was clearly referring to in the sentence before that, the roads and bridges that taxpayers built that their businesses rely on.
Here’s the email his campaign just sent out:
Last night President Obama’s Democrat allies in the Senate took a vote that enshrined the President’s now infamous “You didn’t build that” view into their economic agenda.
Their view is simple: it’s not your money. Or as the President said, “If you’ve got a business…you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” The “somebody else” in their view, quite clearly, is Washington.
The only way we are going to get our economy growing again is by defeating Barack Obama and the Senate Democrats in November. We can’t afford to let the Democrats continue the “you didn’t build that” agenda.
This is the first time that McConnell has used the dishonest tactic of quoting this particular line out of context, but not the first time that he’s referred to it. Last week, he actually addressed it honestly, if not bizarrely:
“The president may think those who’ve succeeded in life haven’t done so on their own but anybody who’s turned a dream into a reality knows he’s wrong”
This bizarre world view — which McConnell might very well believe, unlike the out-of-context Obama quote that he knows is a lie — is not even shared by Mitt Romney, who agreed in speeches afterwards that business owners cannot fully succeed without the help of parents and teachers and roads and bridges.
If McConnell wants to go down the road of misleading voters with this Obama quote, it’s certainly nothing new for him, as he’s notorious for loving to play in the political mud. Much like those evil profit makers he derides, McConnell has no problem being “up to no good” and “cheating,” eh?