Being even associated with the word felony sent the Romneys into high dudgeon, since they consider that they have double impunity: they are Mormons chosen by God and also endowed with the divine anointment of being extravagantly wealthy.
This arrogance and sense of entitlement was on full display when Ann Romney, in an ABC morning show interview, went into full Marie Antoinette mode, according to Mashable:
Ann Romney defended her husband's decision to not release any additional tax records during an interview on Thursday morning, saying that "we've given all you people need to know" about her family's financial records.As The Political Carnival asks Ann:
The "you people" remark immediately sparked a outpouring of responses on Twitter, eventually leading the #YouPeople hashtag to become a U.S. trending topic.
Twitter users upset with Ann Romney's comments generally fell into one of two categories: those that believe the Romney family should release tax records because of their extraordinary wealth, and those those took offense to the phrase "you people," which has historically been used with an air of racism.
Also, Ann says this: "There will be so many things that will be open again for more attack."It's not a question of what the Romneys think of themselves and that God chose them to be among the richest people in America (Ann said in the same interview that they give 10% of their income to the Mormon Church); it's a question of the rule of law and business ethics.
Really, Ann? What kind of things? The things that your husband, someone who wants to be president of the United States, is afraid to share? He's so cowardly that he is running from scrutiny of his squeaky clean tax returns that have nothing in them that should concern us? Those things?
By the way, if he can't deal with "more attack" on his tax returns, how in the world would he cope with "more attack" on this country, or any other crisis for that matter?
Think Progress points out that "in 1994, Romney vigorously called for then Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) to release his tax returns, in order to prove that he had 'nothing to hide.'"
But apparently the Romneys have something to hide from "you people."