The Florida bartender responsible for capturing former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romneyâs infamous â47 percentâ remarks will reveal his identity in an interview with MSNBC host Ed Schultz that will air Wednesday.
Both Schultz and Mother Jones, which released the video in September 2012, announced the interview on Tuesday, with Schultz playing clips from the interview.
âI debated for a little while, but in the end I really felt it had to be put out,â the bartender said of his decision to leak the video, secretly filmed at a May 2012 fundraiser for Romney. âI felt I owed it to the people who couldnât afford to be there themselves to hear what he really thought.â
In the video, the former Massachusetts governor tells his audience that he believed 47 percent of the American public would vote for President Barack Obama âno matter what.â because they were
âThere are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the 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,â Romney said at the time. âThat thatâs an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what.â
The Huffington Post released portions early Wednesday morning of an interview it conducted with the bartender in late 2012 in which he said he was scared by a lack of empathy in Romneyâs voice while making his remarks, and that it he was conflicted as to what to do with the footage after shooting it.
âIt was literally weeks of just, you know, âWell, hey donât lose your job, just let it sit there,ââ the bartender said. âAnd, âTimes are tight, jobs are tough and, you know, donât rock the boat, youâre happy doing what youâre doing and youâre about to go into the busy season of work â you canât afford to fuck this up at all. Donât fuck it up.â But then â¦ I would wake up and just, it was just that thing thatâs in your mind that you just canât get out of your mind, you know?â
He also told Schultz that he feared for his life.
âI was up against the most powerful, the richest people in the country and the stakes were pretty high,â the bartender said. âYou never know what could happen. Thereâs nuts out there. You just donât know. Iâve certainly had threats.â