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Friday, May 11, 2012

High School Comes Back To Haunt Romney

Mitt Romney seen in a high school photo. (AP)

Mitt Romney seen in a high school photo. (AP)

Republican Mitt Romney is trying shrug off a Washington Post report that he bullied a gay classmate in prep school.

A former classmate told the Post that Romney was incensed by another classmate’s long hair and led a posse of students to cut the boy’s hair as the boy screamed for help. The young man was thought to be  gay.

These accusations come at a time when there is heightened awareness of bullying and during a week when same sex marriage has been in the news.


  • Rick Klein, senior Washington correspondent for ABC World News and co-host of the network’s political web cast, “Top Line.”


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  • Meg

    I am tired of everyone calling what Mitt Romney did a “prank”.  He ASSAULTED another person.  He was 18 years old at the time, NOT a child.  None of the men in my life, not my father, brothers, male friends or husband ever did anything like this to another person.  It DOES speak to his character.  Can’t we do better than this in our country?  really?

  • Airwreck M.

    The fact that Romney doesn’t remember his mistreatment of others during his teenage years is indicative of the fact that he has never come to the realization of how cruel the behavior was and how much he hurt others.  If he had an epiphany he would’ve also become contrite and the misbehavior would’ve left an indelible mark.  I’ve know many well off people who live unaware of their dismissive and cruel behaviors in their teens, believing they were alway fair and understanding as they brushed aside insignificant people in their way.

    As a minority I clearly remember the teasing, name calling, and abuse.  And as I overcame this, matured and achieved, I did so with some of the same “superior” individuals and have been amazed at how their affluence has shielded them from ever realizing what they’ve done and continue to do to others that they can afford to dismiss.

    Romney appears to wear that same “cloak of superior virtuosity” which affluence provides.

    It’s all summed up so well y a cell phone ad in which the CEO declares himself and his predecessor to be morons, and then chids his brilliant Executive Assistant to , “Keep up!”

  • Cmole

    I agree with Meg.  This wasn’t just a prank, it was assault.  How can someone not remember something so violent.  He remembers…and it speaks to what kind of person this guy is.  If this act rates not even the amount of memory to catalog it in his own puny brain, what other things has this guy done in his life that he thinks is no big deal.  From a dog on the roof of the car…to assault…to what other ethically challenging issue. 

  • DJS

    Breaking news: teenage boys behave badly while they’re away at school.  Film at 11.

    • Meg

      It is MORE than behaving badly, it shows a lack of compassion, empathy, etc.  I don’t want somepone like that making life and death decisions for others.  Again, no guy I know behaves that badly.

  • http://www.dregstudios.com Brandt Hardin

    Romney obviously has a little man complex he’s been trying to make
    up for all of his life from bullying classmates to his enjoyment of firing
    people after gutting their companies. 
    His Magic Mormon Underwear can’t protect him from the press but can they
    make enough cash rain down to win the election? 
    See for yourself the power of these mysterious garments at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/05/mitt-romneys-magic-mormon-underwear.html

  • Gagaga

    Is there actually a chance Romney will beat Obama? Don’t Americans see Republicans as insane yet?

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