Scott Prouty appeared on The Ed Show yesterday to discuss his role as the video source of the "47 percent" video. Scott Prouty was hired as a bartender who secretly filmed Romney at a private fundraiser thrown by hedge fund manager Marc Leder, in Boca Raton, Fla., last May and caught Mitt Romney saying "There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what."
It wasn't that so much as why 47 percent would vote for the president, "no matter what."
Romney continued as captured by Scott Prouty. "All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it."
As Romney went on, he dug himself deeper, "That that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what."
That is why, according to Mitt Romney, that 47 percent would vote for the president "no matter what." Because the president gives them "free stuff."
It was those words that caught the attention of the public and caused the public to turn against Mitt Romney en masse. The credit for that video is Scott Prouty. Now this man Scott Prouty has come forward. Many reporters knew him and and his name, but until now he did not want to be revealed.
David Corn, Mother Jones' Washington bureau chief and an MSNBC contributor, was the main driver of the story and bringing it to light. Scott Prouty did not reveal himself at the time because he did not want to become the story, but wanted the video and Romney's words to be the story. He showed great political astuteness with that decision.
Scott Prouty set up an online legal fund "47 Percent Legal Assistance Fund." The purpose is to defend himself against lawsuits by those who would sue over Prouty's recording of Romney.
It is the least we can do for a true American hero.
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John is the author of an award-winning book, the 2010 Winner of the USA National Best Book award for African American studies, published by The Elevator Group, Mr. and Mrs. Grassroots. Also available an eBook on Amazon. John is also a member of the Society of Midland Authors and is a book reviewer of political books for the New York Journal of Books . John has volunteered for many political campaigns.