Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts and presidential candidate who lost to President Obama in 2012, was the target of mainstream media’s attack on his character and ability to be a president. At one point in the attacks, the mainstream media tried to indicate that Romney was a high school bully.
Romney’s knowledge of world events and hot bed areas of terrorism were also scoffed at. During a final presidential debate in 2012, Romney warned that Libya, Syria, and Mali were hot zones of terrorism. As Washington Examiner correspondent Becket Adams wrote, Romney noted that security in North Africa had fallen into terrorist shambles during the Obama years.
“Mali has been taken over, the northern part of Mali by al Qaeda type individuals…With Mali now having North Mali taken over by al-Qaeda, with Syria having [Bashar al-Assad] continuing to kill, to murder his own people, this is a region in tumult,” Romney said.
That’s when the scoffing by media began.
Adams described the media’s attempt to humiliate Romney;
“I bet Romney couldn’t point to Mali on a map,” Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas said at the time on social media.
Longtime Clinton ally and CNN contributor Paul Begala added elsewhere, “POTUS has mentioned Israel at least three times Romney has cited Mali twice. Really.”
Vox.com’s Matt Yglesias joked in a note of his own, “Romney going for the vote of single-issue Mali voters. Obama for people who don’t like Osama bin Laden.”
He added later, “Teachers unions have thrown Northern Mali into chaos.”
The media had Romney’s number, but they should have been investigating Romney’s claims instead of trying to make their incumbent hero look like a shoo-in. That’s because Romney got it right. His fateful predictions tragically came true. On Friday, Islamic fundamentalist terrorists stormed the Radisson Blu Hotel in Mali, killing more than two dozen people.
Romney got it right, but apparently Americans got the president they wanted. Now, the American people are the ones doing the scoffing, joined by the throngs of governors who’ve said Obama’s plan to bring tens of thousands of so-called “refugees” into the U.S. is simply asinine. After all, Obama has ISIS “contained.”