Well, not exactly. He describes himself towards the end of the clip here as a “very conservative person.”
I’m going to guess he’s “very conservative” the way Ron Paul is “very conservative.”
The whole country’s having fun shooting spitballs at him, me included, but after watching this interview and reading further about him I’m leery of the possibility that there’s more going on here than just a severe case of slackeritis. He seems a bit disjointed in the clip. Ed noted in his post this morning that his parents demanded that he get “sessions with a therapist.” He recently lost his visitation rights to his child for unknown reasons. Business Insider tried to squeeze him for basic details about his life but that interview was weird too:
“I’ve been a father for the past few years,” Rotondo said. “That’s what I’ve been doing. I really haven’t been pursuing a career.”…
“That’s why I’m not the CEO of a big company,” Rotondo said about his responsibility as a parent. “That’s why I’m living with my parents still.”
Syracuse.com reported that after the ruling, Rotondo mentioned a business he had to support himself but refused to go into detail, saying “my business is my business.”
He also refused to discuss his work history with Business Insider besides saying he had done “unskilled labor” in the past, but not “physical labor.” He said he did not have a college degree.
Think of the mindset you’d need to have to make a public spectacle of yourself by fighting legal eviction from your parents’ home as a 30-year-old, then doing a bunch of interviews to badmouth them. Basic self-awareness as to how people would look at you would steer you away from that. Rotondo appears to lack that self-awareness. Is he lazy and unambitious or is there another explanation?
Exit question: Is it true, as Brooke Baldwin claims near the end, that the public views Millennials as “so entitled”? Goofing on them is fun but what supposedly makes Millennials more entitled than the garbage generation you and I know as Boomers? Millennials have had their career prospects damaged by the financial crisis, with all sorts of bad knock-on effects (some of which may resonate with Rotondo), and they’ve had their retirement prospects cannibalized by greedy elders who won’t let go of their federal entitlements no matter what it means for the country’s future. If ever you’re forced to choose between Millennials and Boomers, take the Millennials every time.