Yesterday, following his speaking engagement at the NAACP Convention, Clutch asked if presidential candidate Mitt Romney deserves the trust of voters of color. It looks like Romney himself answered that question later yesterday evening, at a fundraiser in Hamilton, MT. Romney was quick to inform the crowd that he’d been booed at the NAACP event, an occurrence he reportedly anticipated. He spun the chilly reception he received as the price for sticking to his political principles:

By the way, I had the privilege of speaking today at the NAACP convention in Houston and I gave them the same speech I am giving you. I don’t give different speeches to different audiences alright. I gave them the same speech. When I mentioned I am going to get rid of Obamacare, they weren’t happy, I didn’t get the same response. That’s OK, I want people to know what I stand for and if I don’t stand for what they want, go vote for someone else, that’s just fine. But I hope people understand this, your friends who like Obamacare, you remind them of this, if they want more stuff from government tell them to go vote for the other guy — more free stuff. But don’t forget nothing is really free.

Romney has since been roasted for what seems to be another in a long line of barely veiled attempts to connect minorities to “welfare culture.” He’s insinuating that he was booed by an audience who is “looking for free stuff” or governmental handouts and that “the other guy” — our sitting president — promotes a culture of governmental dependency.

Several MSNBC pundits, including Alex Wagner and Rachel Maddow, asserted that Romney went into the NAACP engagement “wanting to be booed.” Romney himself publicly stated that he “expected it.” Says Mediaite‘s Tommy Christopher: “The quote is so tone-deaf, and such a naked appeal to the “welfare queen” brand of racial and class resentment, that it’s almost hard to believe it’s real.”

ThinkProgress.org captured a few responses from members of the NAACP Convention audience who heard Romney’s initial speech first hand:

What do you think of Romney’s Montana fundraiser spin on his NAACP appearance?

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  • Rae

    not surprised. seems like he just wanted to fire up his supporters; show them how poor little Mitt got treated by the mean black folk. totally calculated.

  • jamesfrmphilly

    mormons are racist. romney is a mormon.

    • LMAOOOO!!

      j-philly, y oh y do you not like your fellow human being who happens to be white?

    • jamesfrmphilly

      the system of white supremacy……

    • would you help a white man out if they were stranded?

  • jamesfrmphilly

    why does the NAACP allow it self to be used by white politicians?

    • I got sense!

      That’s what Im wondering. And while we’re at it the black church?

  • Val

    The NAACP should have known that Romney wasn’t really speaking to them, he was speaking to White people when he gave his speech in front of the NAACP audience. But, to be fair Obama does the same thing when he speaks in front of Black audiences.

  • Trueletterson

    Romney came into the NAACP meeting stuck to his script, got booed, and walked out a gentleman!

    • Grant

      You misspelled snake-oil salesman.