Democratic Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer told reporters yesterday he believed that Mitt Romney would have a lot of difficulty in the general election because of, you know, that whole Mexican polygamist commune thing.
Wait… what?? Schweitzer was discussing Romney’s difficulties in gaining the Hispanic vote in the general election when he just casually busted out this little anecdote:
“[It's]kinda ironic given that his family came from a polygamy commune in Mexico, but then he’d have to talk about his family coming from a polygamy commune in Mexico, given the gender discrepancy.”
It turns out there is some truth to what Schweitzer is saying, in the same sense that it’s kind of true that Barack Obama is a terrorist Muslim non-American because his middle name is “Hussein” and his father is from Kenya. Yes, George Romney — that’s Mitt Romney’s father, who was formerly the governor of Michigan and a one-time presidential candidate — was born in Mexico in 1907 because his family had fled there when the U.S. government cracked down on the practice of polygamy. Although Mexico was indeed a refuge for polygamists at the time, George Romney’s parents were in a monogamous marriage, and there does not appear to be any support for Schweitzer’s characterization of the community as a “commune.”
The Obama camp, for its part, kept it classy on the matter. Asked to comment on Schweitzer’s remarks, Obama campaign spokesperson Lis Smith said “Attacking a candidate’s religion is out of bounds, and our campaign will not engage in it, and we don’t think others should either.”
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