The Man Who Shot Infamous "47%" Video of Mitt Romney to Reveal His Identity
James Carter, the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, may have been the one to make the video of Mitt Romney's damning remarks about the "47 percent" in the run-up to the presidential election last year go mainstream, but the man who actually shot the video has remained a mystery, until now. The filmmaker has been revealed as a bartender that was working at the dinner for wealthy Republican owners, and will reveal his full identity this evening.
The man admitted that the only reason that he had even brought a camera with him to the fundraiser, which was held in May 2012 in Boca Raton, Florida, was because he had assumed that Romney would meet staff and allow photos to be taken as a thank you. That of course did not happen.
In the video, which is believed to have been the turning point of the election and downfall of Romney's campaign, Romney argues that 47% of Americans would vote for Obama "no matter what" because they were "victims dependent on government." Romney said:
"All right, there are 47 per cent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that 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. That that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what."
The bartender says that he felt like it was his civic duty to make the tape public. His identity will be revealed on Wednesday night on MSNBC, with the much-anticipated interview taking place on the Ed Show.
Ed Show host Ed Schultz has commented:
Little is known about the man who made the tape, other than that he works for a prestigious Florida catering company.
James Carter found the video that the bartender took at the event online, and got reporters from Mother Jones in touch with him. Carter has spoken about his involvement in making the video public, but has long protected his source.