The traveling press corps is “harassing” Mitt Romney to “create gaffes” that benefit President Barack Obama and distract from the candidate’s “home run” of a trip, Rush Limbaugh said today.
“Now the reporters are harassing Romney,” Limbaugh said, referring to a Tuesday morning incident where a Romney press aide told journalists to “shove it.” “They’re trying to create gaffes. They’re working on behalf of Barack Obama. They are attempting to carry forth the meme that Romney’s foreign trip is a disaster, that it’s one gaffe after another. They’re trying to do this in the mainstream. And the fact of the matter is Romney is having a home run of a trip.”
Romney was criticized by London politicians and newspapers for calling the city’s challenges prior to the Olympics “disconcerting.” In the Middle East, Romney’s remarks on the differences between the Palestinian and Israeli economies at a fundraiser were condemned as “racist” by Palestinian leaders.
The Poland stop started better – Romney was endorsed by anti-Communist hero Lech Walsea – but the confrontation between reporters and the Romney campaign has dominated the news cycle.
Despite these gaffes, Limbaugh said comments from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad proved Romney was having success overseas and claimed the authoritarian had endorsed President Barack Obama.
“He is doing such a good job that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad actually came out, and for all intents and purposes, endorsed Obama yesterday,” Limbaugh said, according to a transcript.
In remarks reported by the Associated Press, Ahmadinejad never mentions the incumbent president but criticizes Romney for “kissing the foot” of the Jewish state and asks if the presumptive GOP nominee made concessions to “get some pennies for [his] campaign.”