You can’t really blame Mitt Romney for the way his traveling press secretary lost his cool with reporters in Poland yesterday, but it still didn’t make for a great ending to a trip that’s already been wrought with gaffes.
As Romney left the Polish Tomb of the Unkown Soldier, Rick Gorka became annoyed with journalists who wanted to ask questions about the candidate’s “mishaps” abroad, ironically shouting “kiss my ass” as he demanded that they show respect for the holy site. He has since apologized for losing his cool. Here’s the transcript, courtesy of CNN:
CNN: “Governor Romney are you concerned about some of the mishaps of your trip?
NYT: “Governor Romney do you have a statement for the Palestinians?
Washington Post: “What about your gaffes?
NYT: “Governor Romney do you feel that your gaffes have overshadowed your foreign trip?”
CNN: “Governor Romney just a few questions sir, you haven’t taken but three questions on this trip from the press!
Gorka: “Show some respect”
NYT: “We haven’t had another chance to ask a question … “
Gorka: “Kiss my a-s. This is a Holy site for the Polish people. Show some respect.”
Moments later, Gorka told Jonathan Martin, a reporter for Politico, to “shove it.”
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