So the Obamablog Buzzfeed ran this photo, claiming that the man is a Mitt Romney supporter.
Let’s look at the facts.
It was cold during the Romney/Ryan event in Lancaster, Ohio, cold enough that Romney, Ryan, and everyone in the crowd or on the stage were wearing significantly heavy outerwear.
According to the National Weather Service, the temperature recorded in nearby Columbus never got past 60° Friday, was down at freezing (32°F) at one point, and averaged 46°F for the day, 11°F colder than the historical average.
This guy did not walk into this rally wearing this uncovered shirt.
What really happened?
The man wore a coat like everyone else at the rally with the offensive message hidden underneath. He sought out the photographer’s riser at the event, stood in front of it, and dropped his coat in hopes of picking up the attention of the press. One photographer managed to snap one photo of the man before he was noticed, security was flagged, and he was thrown out the event.
You’ll notice that there were no other photos. You’ll notice they took no photos of the man’s face, where he could be identified as the probable Democratic operative that he is.
We saw similar racist false flag events during the McCain campaign and at Tea Party events, so we can’t even give him credit for originality.
We know Buzzfeed attempted to imply Romney was a racist just this week for riding in a car that drove past a house with a Confederate flag, so there is no surprise that they failed to do any due diligence about this incident at all.
I would love to track down Ohio photographer Jamie Sabau, who snapped this picture, to find out the details of what happened in the seconds before and after this picture was taken and put him on the record.
Rather obviously, they’re making sure not to tell the truth.
That would be… inconvenient.
Update: The only place online I’ve been able to find a shirt with this sentiment is a left-wing anti-Palin Zazzle shop.
Further Update from a photographer/reader:
“Dear Mr Owens.
I just got off the phone with Jamie Sabau XXX-XXX-XXXX [phone number redacted — ed.], the photographer who snapped the skinhead guy at the Romney rally who was wearing the racist T-shirt with the Romney sticker applied. I let him know that many conservatives & libertarians are feeling smeared by this photo & we’d like to know the larger context, which he obviously saw. He said “I don’t make anything up”. When I pressed him he punted & referred me to Getty Images & hung up.
Another anonymous uncredited volunteer for the Barack Obama campaign?”
Final Update: I called Jamie Sabua, ID’d myself as a reporter on his voicemail, left my number, and asked him to call me to discuss the events and circumstances of the photo. If he returns my call, I will update with a new post.