The hashtags #Romneyencore and #47percent were both trending in the United States on Tuesday morning, helped along by users such as documentary filmmaker Michael Moore and comedian Chris Rock, whose "God Bless 47% of America!" tweet earned more than 5,000 re-tweets.
Mitt Romney, the guy who pays no taxes on millions of dollars thinks you're a welfare freeloader. God Bless 47% of America! #RomneyEncore— Chris Rock (@chrisrockoz) September 18, 2012
President Obama's campaign and the Democratic National Committee both pounced on the remarks, with David Axelrod mocking Romney's response to the video and DNC communications director Brad Woodhouse noting that there was nothing to "spin" in Romney's remarks.
It wasn't spin on our part.Mitt Romney is as out of touchwith the American people as you can possibly believe.— Brad Woodhouse (@woodhouseb) September 18, 2012
Romney's team chose not to respond on Twitter to the controversy, instead letting the conversation run its course in the social sphere.