Romney was a bully. Try being on the receiving end, Mitt.


Mitt Romney at 14 via AP, WaPo


Willard M. Romney bullied someone years ago, then apologized. He said he didn’t remember the incident:

His campaign spokeswoman, Andrea Saul, said in a statement that “anyone who knows Mitt Romney knows that he doesn’t have a mean-spirited bone in his body. The stories of fifty years ago seem exaggerated and off base and Governor Romney has no memory of participating in these incidents.”

It was that inconsequential to him. He just can't seem to recall doing this:

Friedemann entered Stevens Hall off the school’s collegiate quad to find Romney marching out of his own room ahead of a prep school posse shouting about their plan to cut Lauber’s hair. Friedemann followed them to a nearby room where they came upon Lauber, tackled him and pinned him to the ground. As Lauber, his eyes filling with tears, screamed for help, Romney repeatedly clipped his hair with a pair of scissors.

Five students remembered, and gave their accounts of what happened independently of one another.

Here's another one for you:

In an English class, Gary Hummel, who was a closeted gay student at the time, recalled that his efforts to speak out in class were punctuated with Romney shouting, “Atta girl!” 

I've been on the receiving end of bullying and assaults (not quite as bad as the first example, but close, and way worse than the second one) during my childhood and teen years. I was a very shy, small kid who the teachers loved because I was an A-student, quiet, and caused no problems. My nicknames were "Bug" and "Mouse." My parents taught me to "turn the other cheek."

I learned the hard way to reject that advice, which took years.

I still remember, vividly, the helpless, humiliating feelings of confusion, panic, and desperation while being publicly manhandled, ganged-up on, jeered, and ridiculed as others stood by and watched, or laughed, or joined in.

How could anyone who does things like that to a schoolmate let such brutally hurtful behavior slip their mind? What kind of person thinks such abuse is a "harmless prank"? Or thinks practical jokes on teachers with "diminished eyesight" are real knee-slappers?

Maybe the same kind of who was cruel to animals.

I was bullied. You never forget it. I guess it means less to those who do the bullying.

President Obama, unlike Mitt Romney, believes that two people who love each other should marry. Mitt Romney, unlike President Obama, assaulted a fellow student and called a gay classmate a "girl".

Both want to be president of the United States.

This election is, in large part, about character.  I'm voting for Barack Obama.

  • SaturNine

    Time travel to do list:
    1. Throat punch 17 year old Mitt Romney

    Oh yes, I remember. No Mormons in central Connecticut, but you're just another soulless privileged asshole to me, Mittens.

  • David G.

    Actually, not only was this a hate crime which they didn't have back then, but this was a criminal assault with a deadly weapon.  Fortunately for Romney, the statute of limitations has run out, or he could be in jail.  As far as I know, scissors are, were and will always be considered weapons.  Try pulling a pair of scissors on a cop and see how long you are for this planet.  Romney's selective memory is a fake.  He remembers it well as do the other five men who spoke out.  He just doesn't want to "man" up like his friends, admit the truth of what a thug he was, and then have to try to prove he's changed.  I don't believe he has.  DG

  • Bose

    The little-noticed fact about the post-spring break assault in 65 is that Mitt was 18, an adult. 

    In the Tyler Clementi case, Dharun Ravi also appears to have been 18 when Tyler died.  Ravi didn't get a pass for teenaged hijinks, he faced adult consequences.

  • Gindy53

     Same thing happened to my daughter in first grade, we lived in Sandy UT in the early 90's and she was brutally targeted by a gang of boys.  They tried to pull her pants down at recess and knew they could get away with it because we were not in their cult. It got so bad that I went to school with her every day until recess was over. I refused to let them bully her and even though the principle and teachers hated me being there, they knew I would go to the cops and the media if they didn't let me stay. Once the school year was over, we pulled up and moved to KY, where she thrived in a nonreligious school. Don't ever kid yourselves about UT "public" schools, they are anything but. A lot of the high schools have seminaries attached to them, with walk ways to and from built by secular tax dollars.
    I think this thing with Willard resonates with a vast majority of people, those who were bullied and those who feel guilty doing it to others. For people who don't feel guilty, they see nothing wrong with Willard's "pranks" but most of us do and most of us feel the actual pain or the guilty pain.

  • It's all coming together. Mitt the liar, Mitt the inept dog torturer, Mitt the guy who loves firing people, Mitt the casual anti-women's rights candidate, Sketchy Mitt, Corps are people Mitt, etc.

    Fight. Fight like holy hell to keep this rotten excuse for a human being from being the next POTUS to select a justice for SCOTUS, or to start the next war, or to do any damn thing at all in the name of the United States of America.

  • We should start a club.

  • maggy

    This is freakishly weird for me, because I too was bullied in sixth grade, mercilessly, by a "gang" of Mormon girls. (I'm not, but the neighborhood was, predominantly)  I was bookish, nerdy with academic parents. They had a club, whose daily mission was to chase, tease, and belittle me for the better part of a year during recess.  To add insult to injury, our teacher knew, and covered for these girls and in fact excused their behavior when my parents confronted the school.   It took me a long time to get over this, and I have not forgotten the humiliation.  We don't ever get over this stuff Mitt,and it still hurts.  

  • Absolutely the bullying stays with you.  I was made fun of for being chubby, smart, quiet, and for wearing glasses.  By the time I was in 10th grade, I had grown taller, thinner and shed my glasses for contacts.  Bloomed into that swan, if you will.  Made the mistake of going to a HS reunion, and nobody remembered the HS me - they remembered the chubby, 4-eyed butterball.  I do not associate with any of my childhood or teenage classmates.   Mitt is unfit to lead.  He was a bully as a child/teen, and he was a bully at Bain by firing people.  He will bully everyone under him and fire many people if he is elected president.  We must not let that happen.  

  • HarborGuy

    Oh how I remember in high school.

    In a town in Oregon, there was a church called the "Followers of Christ"...a real freak show...didn't believe in doctors and would marry only within the "church".

    They were a nightmare in schools as they would only hang together...I got the wrath of 4 males, that made my life hell for most of the junior year.

    ...I will never forget.

  • #LGBT #Mitt Bully #news ;  I think a lot of people are going to have a similar first-person reaction to this surreal story. Were bullied, or saw it first hand happen to others / prolly staying quiet.

    I got incensed when it popped up in today's Google news summary when I got on. Waaait. This is a presumptive nominee for president. No way. It's a hate crime. 

    Maybe if you're 10 in 5th grade you don't know your own actions. By high school, you're largely on the hook for it.

    Btw, what % of try-juvenile-as-adult statutes, would Mitt sign off on? Hint: It's over 99%

    Now with a few hours reflection, not at all sure this will fly for Romney. It should, and could put him in trouble as nominee. It's ridiculous, beyond the pale. As @Lawrence O'Donnell pointed out "What if Obama had organized a gang to get a kid in school"