Source: Ned Resnikoff / The Ed Show
During his exclusive interview with The Ed Show’s Ed Schultz, the man behind the game-changing “47% tape” paused to acknowledge someone who he said has been standing up for workers across the world for the past 20 years.
“He’s been doing this work and hasn’t gotten the credit that he deserves,” said Scott Prouty, the bartender who taped Mitt Romney’s remarks at a private 2012 fundraiser. “And I–like I said before, I’m happy that I can just bring–just shine a little bit of light on the work he does. And it’s an honor to have met him. And it’s an honor to be associated with him in any way.”
The man Prouty was referring to is Charles Kernaghan, an international labor rights activist and the director of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights. Prouty said that he stumbled on Kernaghan’s work while researching Romney’s business ventures in China—specifically a Chinese factory which Romney told fundraising attendees he had visited during his time at Bain Capital.
In the 47% tape, Romney had claimed that Chinese workers desperately coveted jobs at the Global-Tech factory in Dongguan. According to Romney’s account at the fundraiser, he had been told by Global-Tech representatives that “people want so badly to come work in this factory that we have to keep them out. Or they will just come in here and start working and, and try and get compensated.” This anecdote, perhaps even more than the infamous “47%” remark, attracted Prouty’s ire during the speech.
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