Polifact just landed a knock-out punch to Mitt Romney, but I suspect, he’ll keep doubling down out of desperation. Politifact just shot down Mitt Romney’s claim that the U.S. embassy in Cairo, and the Obama Administration, issued an apology:
During this news conference, Romney repeated variations of “apology” five more times. He called the Cairo embassy statement “akin to apology,” called it an effort to “apologize for American values,” said it was “effectively apologizing for the right of free speech,” and described it as “what appeared to be an apology for American principles.”
This is a theme for Romney: He has long accused Obama of apologizing for America, starting in 2010, when Romney published No Apology: The Case for American Greatness. Since then, he has repeatedly criticized what he has called an “apology tour” by Obama shortly after he took office. PolitiFact has examined those speeches, consulted experts on speechmaking and apologies, and rated Romney’s claim Pants on Fire.
The situation in Libya and Egypt is still developing, and details about what happened are still emerging. But we wanted to examine Romney’s statements and help readers put them in perspective, based on what we know of the timeline of events.
According to media reports, the U.S. embassy in Cairo released a statement at 6:17 a.m. East Coast time on Sept. 11, 2012, amid growing anger in Egypt about an obscure Web video with a highly negative portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad — a video that, given past experiences with depictions of Muhammad, seemed likely to spark protests.
The statement condemned the video:
“The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democ
racy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.” Source
PolitiFact has examined those speeches Romney claims were an apology and have consulted experts on speechmaking and apologies, and rated Romney’s claim Pants on Fire. In other words, Mitt Romney is a damn liar living in our midst with a Cold War mentality though never serving his country on the front lines or overseas at an embassy or Consulate one day in his life.
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