He's a vile human being, but he possesses superb electioneering rhetoric straight from the GOP playbook:
Some astonishing chutzpah with this one:
"most of the people I came to know while homeless were not really experiencing real poverty."
I assume that means Mitchell, being *voluntarily* homeless, was "not really experiencing real poverty", and thus abstracted his own experience (erroneously) to all homeless people.
Some oblivious contradiction:
"I mean I've worked in Haiti and Ukraine ... "
(Despite stating later: "it's not my country, and it's not my business. And by the way, neither is Ukraine")
And some counter-factual analysis:
"and I've seen real poverty situations, and we don't have that in North Carolina".
Well, the World Bank's (widely accepted) indicator of *global* poverty is defined as living on $2 or less per day. Some 1.5 million households *in the US* were living at below this rate for at least several days per month in 2011 (http://www.npc.umich.edu/publications/policy_briefs/brief28/) Almost certainly, some of those households were in NC.
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