We obviously have challenges around the country. We had a moment of silence in honor of the people who lost their lives at that sheik temple. I noted that it was a tragedy for many, many reasons. Among them are the fact that people, the sheik people, are among the most peaceable and loving individuals you can imagine, as is their faith. And of course, the person who carried out this heinous act was a person motivated by racial hatred and religious intolerance. It’s really, really a tragedy.
~ Mitt Romney at an Iowa Fundraiser
He mispronounced similar sounding words. He was clearly referring to the tragedy in Wisconsin, you heard him talk about it earlier today in Chicago.
~ Rick Gorka, Romney's spokesperson
I despair. MT
@sunny_hundal Mitt Romney twice uses the Arabic term 'sheikh' to refer to Sikhs. bit.ly/QehKPU
— Helen Pidd (@helenpidd) August 8, 2012
Mitt Romney spokesperson says 'Sikh' is easy to confuse with 'sheik.' and I suppose it's as easy as confusing 'Mormon' with 'moron.'
— techweenie (@techweenie) August 8, 2012
#MittRomney says 'Sheik' instead of "Sikh' when referring to the tragic shootings .What an absolute wanker he is
— Lesley Cully (@LesleyCully) August 8, 2012
#IDontStandWithRomney because any idiot who confuses ‘Sikh’ with ‘sheik’ should not be POTUS
— SpreadTheWord (@word_34) August 8, 2012
Worse. Than. Palin. / washingtonpost.com/politics/romne…
— BWD (@theonlyadult) August 8, 2012
Romney confuses ‘Sikh’ with ‘sheik’ washingtonpost.com/politics/romne…//Oh, good lord. Can the country survive another Dubya?
— Milt Shook (@MiltShook) August 8, 2012
Romney's spokesman Gorka explained: "It was the end of the day. He mispronounced similar sounding words". And now he's sikhing forgiveness.
— Chris Duncan (@chrisduncania) August 8, 2012
Romney, twice, refers to Sikhs as shieks.Doesn't know enough to differentiate peoples who wear turbans. Gorka says coincidence. Sure.
— thebrittlehum (@BernieLatham) August 8, 2012
Statement from The Desk of Mitt For Brains Romney:I'm Sheik and tired of being mocked by tweeters !bit.ly/N2Xh5z
— Charonqc (@Charonqc) August 8, 2012