Oh My … Trump’s Commerce Nominee Backed 47%

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This is first reported by CNN, apparently a video originally dug up by American Bridge. Wilbur Ross, Donald Trump’s nominee for Commerce Secretary, backed up Mitt Romney’s “47%” comments back late in the 2012 campaign in an interview on Indian TV station NDTV. Ross makes the factually incorrect statement that 47% of Americans pay no taxes. Actually more telling than that are the comments about scofflaws on unemployment and various safety net programs. Video after the jump. “A very high percentage of the unemployed people claim disabilities so that they can get more money,” says Ross at one point and “40-some-odd percent of the ones who claim disability claim sudden mental disability.”

47% part starts at approximately 1:30 …

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