Yesterday, we reported on the memoir of David Axelrod, a political strategist and Obama aide who claimed that Mitt Romney congratulated the president on his 2012 win in a very racist way.
Now, a GOP staffer is calling this memoir a “ridiculous lie.”
Axelrod claimed that Romney called Obama to concede the 2012 race, and said, “You really did a great job of getting the vote out in places like Cleveland and Milwaukee.”
According to Axelrod, Obama took this as, “In other words, black people. That’s what he (Romney) thinks this was all about.”
On Wednesday, Garrett Jackson, a GOP staffer who worked on Romney’s campaign, told reporters that he was in the room when Romney made this phone call, and the conversation wasn’t anything like what Axelrod said.
Jackson remembers Romney’s comments exactly, and they were:
“Mr. President, I want to congratulate you and your team on a hard-fought race and your victory. …There are a lot of tough issues facing the country … and I hope you tackle those tough issues.”
“I’m happy to help in any way. Ann and I will pray for you daily; you have a tough job ahead.”
Jackson said the call was very brief, and that neither man was on speaker phone, so no one else in the room with Obama could have known what he said. He added that the call definitely did not include any specifics about voter turnout, saying, “I know this for a fact.”
“I just hope this lie is the work of David Axelrod and not the president,” Jackson said, according to Daily Mail. “It’s ridiculous. I was very disappointed they would make that up.”
Of course, the mainstream media is continuing to present the original story as fact, slamming Romney for his “racism.” Do you think Obama is behind this, or was it all Axelrod? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.