Mitt Romney’s brief tribute to astronaut Neil Armstrong and the American space program in his acceptance speech seemed to be an obvious tribute to American exceptionalism. But when “American exceptionalism” isn’t in your vocabulary and the constant ringing of dog whistles has affected your hearing, things come across differently.
MSNBC’s Ed Schultz is certain that Romney’s claim that “when the world needs someone to do the really big stuff, you need an American” was code language for … birtherism? Rachel Maddow, maintaining a straight face, agreed without question.
Ed Schultz is a one trick pony. A big fat disgusting pony. #Birthers
— LMX (@laurenmarie10) August 31, 2012
Special Ed wins the "birthers!" game! And follows it up with dog whistle!" A Twofer!
— wiserbud (@WiserMeany) August 31, 2012
Ed Schulz on MSNBC says Romney's line about "we need an American" was a bone to the birthers. Maddow agrees. #unhinged
— Ryan Streeter (@streeterryan) August 31, 2012
— Twin66 (@Twin66) August 31, 2012
enjoying a laugh before bed watching #MSNBC Ed & Rachel say Mitt's line about American exceptionalism is a secret handshake with birthers
— Mike Stone (@MikeStoneGtown) August 31, 2012
Ed Schultz: "When the world needs big things, the works needs an American" = Mitt appealing to birthers. #asshead
— Matt Rechner (@mrr009) August 31, 2012
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) August 31, 2012
Chris Matthews wasn’t at the desk with Schultz and Maddow, but wherever he was, we’re sure he heard it too.