This is how you got Trump: Do any reporters remember how they covered candidate Mitt Romney?

To mark the occasion of President Trump’s U.K. visit, Jeb! alumnus Tim Miller on Thursday posted The Guardian’s list of Mitt Romney’s “gaffes” when Romney visited the U.K.

Remember when Mitt Romney said there were some “disconcerting signs” about the London Olympics readiness and the media made that a week long scandal.

Mitt is disconcerted! Gaffe!

Good times.

— Tim Miller (@Timodc) July 12, 2018

Found the gaffe list from Mitts trip. https://t.co/FueNL0Qb9G
1. “Disconcerting signs”
2. Called politician Mr Leader
3. Mentioned that a private briefing happened
4. Said the word “backside”
5. Said “Anglo Saxon”

This would be the most on message day of the Trump presidency

— Tim Miller (@Timodc) July 12, 2018

don’t forget the dog on roof!

— Amanda Becker (@AmandaBecker) July 12, 2018

That’s a Reuters correspondent.

“Binders full of women.” #NeverForget

— Pedro da Costa (@pdacosta) July 13, 2018

And that’s a Business Insider correspondent.

Anyone worried about President Trump’s “gaffes” during his visit must be aware that the press’s character assassination of Mitt Romney in 2012 laid the groundwork for the backlash that was Donald Trump’s candidacy and eventual victory.

We warned the media about the backlash that would occur if they continued to cry wolf and smear good, honest people. They didn’t listen.

Now we have what they’ve always asked for, never ending clickbait drama. Lay in this bed, media.

— M0ser (@TM0s41) July 12, 2018

Speaking of the media, The Atlantic’s Rosie Gray pointed out that Romney’s gaffes now seem “quaint.”

it’s mindblowing how quaint Romney “gaffes” from 2012 seem from a 2018 vantage point https://t.co/yUNdeD4riF

— Rosie Gray (@RosieGray) July 12, 2018

We don’t recall the media presenting them as “quaint” at the time.

Also how quaint they looked to sane people in 2012 https://t.co/LkyNh5YfTt

— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) July 12, 2018

This isn’t quaint. The MSM behaves exactly today toward Republicans as it did back then, as the hysterical opposition party. https://t.co/bCVNUe7GDN

— Noah Pollak (@NoahPollak) July 12, 2018

At least they are all learning a valuable lesson here*

*They aren’t actually learning a valuable lesson here

— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) July 12, 2018

You just know they’ll be saying the exact same thing in 2024.

“Trump’s gaffes really weren’t that bad. This new GOP candidate is a REAL threat to the country.”

— Dave (@heyyoudvd) July 12, 2018

Yep. You had your chance, and you blew it.

— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) July 12, 2018

That’s because they were quaint, and you and your compatriots acted like he was a murderer.

And a lot of people decided that meant it was war and haven’t looked back.

Well done.

— Remember Scalia. More than ever. (@Mattfobrien) July 12, 2018

you mean when Democrats were calling Romney a racist, a sexist and a Nazi?

— TRUMPTASTIC NYC (@Mattwoodnyc3) July 12, 2018

Thats what amuses me to no end. They pilloried Romney. Its like the boy who cried wolf only the towns people got sick of the boys BS and bought a wolf.

— Gene, Angry Penguin (@Geomancer1980) July 12, 2018

You people scream at the same pitch regarding all things Republicans. The boy who cried wolf is extremely apropos.

— Ellen (@ellen6019) July 12, 2018

And Bush “gaffes” were quaint in 2012 and Reagan’s “gaffes” were quaint in ’92, etc etc. You can only cry “But this time WE REALLY MEAN IT,” so many times before it’s just noise. https://t.co/e11QGqqYlZ

— Joseph Ashby (@JosephAshbyShow) July 12, 2018

Maybe you shouldn’t have made trashing a decent man into a full-time avocation.

— Excessive Schadenboner 🥓🥓 (@mcasil2016) July 12, 2018

Criticism of a good man was accepted and encouraged by the #MSM . What you sow is what you reap. We couldn’t trust them then, why should we trust them now? https://t.co/DcNU9sn0Il

— Mist traveler (@mich_traveler) July 12, 2018

Same people trying to convince us that buying baseball tickets on a card was a scandal yesterday https://t.co/WBsZCTWKYZ

— Small Gov Lizard (@smallgovlizard) July 12, 2018

Remember his wife had a dancing horse? And he wore “magic underwear?” And he was going to ban tampons?

And how quaint that Romney’s comment about Russia, that was mocked by Obama and the MSM, has now become the key narrative for them

— Tre (@GLR3TX) July 12, 2018

Remember when he said that Russia was America’s number-one geopolitical foe and we all laughed and laughed

— Scott Bixby (@scottbix) July 13, 2018

pic.twitter.com/ppdu2CjvWS

— Space Force IceGryphon (@TheIceGryphon) July 12, 2018

lol remember that gaffe when he said Russia was our biggest foe and Obama mocked him for it? what a maroon that guy was! Russia? a foe??!

— Lurker (@red_boxer0) July 12, 2018

Or the biggest gaffe of them all, he organized qualified resumes of women in binders before hiring them.

— Hawkstrat (@Hawkstrat) July 12, 2018

Fun game: Twitter search for “Romney Anglo Saxon” and scroll down a bit to see how that gaffe was covered at the time. “A new low for ethics and racism in this campaign,” “Mitt’s not fit to lead a diverse country,” “the racism isn’t even coded anymore.” Sound familiar? https://t.co/JiC7TaeCMy

— neontaster (@neontaster) July 12, 2018

Its amazing how people can look back on this and not understand why people on the right harbor a deep mistrust of most media. https://t.co/GXbSokHCXW

— Michael Allen Moore (@michaelamoore97) July 12, 2018

It is even more mindblowing how little critical journalism took place during the Obama presidency from a 2018 perspective. https://t.co/OEbJSfh7hm

— Rev. Spaceforce 🏍 (@Reverend_Ducati) July 12, 2018

Thread, for all of the reporters letting us all know what a decent man Romney was pic.twitter.com/Nt7Bby0M4c

— RGKing (@FlGatorKing87) July 12, 2018


Related:

Bigots: Roger Ebert, Salon: ‘So what’s the deal with magic Mormon underwear? Gay?’ http://t.co/jYzv00Xw

— TwitchyPolitics (@TwitchyPolitics) July 8, 2012

Lady parts panic: Libs claim Romney will ban tampons; threaten to kill him, ‘bleed on his face’ http://t.co/rUrAExMT

— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) October 10, 2012

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