Romney really creeps me out. This Martin Luther King story is a real hair-raiser. Yes, I know that a couple of “eyewitnesses” have come forward; sorry, that’s crap; I can find lots of people who claim to have been in flying saucers, too. All the media in Michigan, Detroit and the country would not have missed a story that Martin Luther King marched in Detroit with George Romney. That’s not the way the world was, nor the way King was, nor Romney. None of the news sources posted by the Romney campaign suggest that King was there.
Mitt Romney has been forced to get into some serious verbal gymnastics over his previous declaration about seeing his father, the late Michigan Gov. George Romney, marching with Martin Luther King. A close examination of the historical records shows that the elder Romney, while he was a strong support of civil rights, never actually appeared with King.
“I’ve tried to be as accurate as I can be,” Romney told reporters. “If you look at the literature or look at the dictionary, the term ‘saw’ includes being aware of — in the sense I’ve described.”
“I’m an English literature major,” he added, after the questions didn’t stop. “When we say I saw the Patriots win the World Series, it doesn’t necessarily mean you were there.” (Yes, he did speak off the cuff about the idea of a football team winning the World Series.)
Mitt Romney went a step further in a 1978 interview with the Boston Herald. Talking about the Mormon Church and racial discrimination, he said: “My father and I marched with Martin Luther King Jr. through the streets of Detroit.”
Yesterday, Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom acknowledged that was not true. “Mitt Romney did not march with Martin Luther King,” he said in an e-mail statement to the Globe.