The Florida bartender responsible for capturing former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s infamous “47 percent” remarks will reveal his identity in an interview with MSNBC host Ed Schultz that will air Wednesday.
“I debated for a little while, but in the end I really felt it had to be put out,” the bartender said of his decision to leak the video, secretly filmed at a May 2012 fundraiser for Romney. “I felt I owed it to the people who couldn’t afford to be there themselves to hear what he really thought.”
In the video, the former Massachusetts governor tells his audience that he believed 47 percent of the American public would vote for President Barack Obama “no matter what.” because they were
“There are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it,” Romney said at the time. “That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what.”
The Huffington Post released portions early Wednesday morning of an interview it conducted with the bartender in late 2012 in which he said he was scared by a lack of empathy in Romney’s voice while making his remarks, and that it he was conflicted as to what to do with the footage after shooting it.
“It was literally weeks of just, you know, ‘Well, hey don’t lose your job, just let it sit there,’” the bartender said. “And, ‘Times are tight, jobs are tough and, you know, don’t rock the boat, you’re happy doing what you’re doing and you’re about to go into the busy season of work — you can’t afford to fuck this up at all. Don’t fuck it up.’ But then … I would wake up and just, it was just that thing that’s in your mind that you just can’t get out of your mind, you know?”
He also told Schultz that he feared for his life.
“I was up against the most powerful, the richest people in the country and the stakes were pretty high,” the bartender said. “You never know what could happen. There’s nuts out there. You just don’t know. I’ve certainly had threats.”