The filmer of the infamous 47 percent video–we now know he’s a man, and that he’s a bartender–has come out of hiding. The video, taken at a closed-door fundraiser, dealt a devastating blow to Mitt Romney’s campaign. It was there that he told donors that 47 percent of Americans consider themselves victims and will vote for President Obama no matter what. MSNBC’s Ed Schultz has taped an exclusive interview with this mysterious bartender. The network will air Schultz’s interview on Wednesday night’s episode of “The Ed Show,” revealing the filmer’s identity. We know a few things, already, from what MSNBC has aired and reported:
- He says it was a tough call to leak the video to Mother Jones, which first posted it. The filmer tells Ed Schultz: “It was tough, and I debated for a little while, but in the end I really felt like it had to be put out. I felt I owed it to the people that couldn’t afford to be there themselves to hear what he really thought.”
- He says he had death threats. More from the interview: “I was up against the most powerful, the richest people in the country, and it was certainly–the stakes were pretty high, and I knew that you never know what could happen. There’s nuts out there–you just don’t know. And I’ve certainly had threats.”
- He says he wanted people to be able to judge Romney. “I simply wanted [Romney's] words to go out. And everybody could make a judgment based on his words and his words alone. The guy was running for the presidency and these were his core beliefs. And I think everybody can judge whether that’s appropriate or not or whether they believe the same way he does. I felt an obligation to expose the things he was saying,” the 47-percent filmer told Schultz, MSNBC’s Steve Frank reports.