Romney’s Childhood Classmates Detail His Chilling Anti-Gay Bullying1:36 pm - 05/10/2012
Mitt Romney’s high school classmates from the prestigious Cranbrook School detail the Republican presidential candidate’s chilling, anti-gay bullying in a Washington Post exposé. The Post independently interviewed multiple students about specific events who each remembered Romney being particularly cruel to students he perceived to be gay.
In one incident recounted by multiple witnesses, after teasing a gay student about his hair for a week, Romney attacked him, holding him down on the ground to cut his hair off while the boy cried for help.
He [Romney] spotted something he thought did not belong at a school where the boys wore ties and carried briefcases. John Lauber, a soft-spoken new student one year behind Romney, was perpetually teased for his nonconformity and presumed homosexuality. Now he was walking around the all-boys school with bleached-blond hair that draped over one eye, and Romney wasn’t having it.
“He can’t look like that. That’s wrong. Just look at him!” an incensed Romney told Matthew Friedemann, his close friend in the Stevens Hall dorm, according to Friedemann’s recollection. Mitt, the teenaged son of Michigan Gov. George Romney, kept complaining about Lauber’s look, Friedemann recalled.
A few days later, 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.
Others remember Romney being particularly cruel to another gay student, refusing to allow him to speak in class.
But Friedemann and several people closest to Romney in those formative years say there was a sharp edge to him. 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!” In the culture of that time and place, that was not entirely out of the norm. Hummel recalled some teachers using similar language.
I think that I can hardly be accused of hyperbole here when I say that these incidents – tormenting a gay student every single time he tried to speak in class or holding a crying student down and chopping his hair off – these are literally the types of things that LGBT students today kill themselves over. We report suicides because of bullies exactly like Romney over and over again these days.
Jason Horowitz may be willing to attribute Romney’s anti-gay bullying at least in part to the decade we was educated in, but what of his personal character? How much of Romney’s anti-gay bullying can be attributed to the fact that he was plainly an anti-gay bully in high school who made daily life hell for his LGBT classmates?
Better yet, answer me this: How many former presidents of the United States do you think tackled their gay classmates and publicly humiliated them? Did George Washington ever bully gay students? Did FDR make it a point to emasculate his peers in class? Did Obama ever cut someone’s hair off while they cried for help?
This is your presidential nominee, Republicans.
*UPDATE: Romney is saying he “doesn’t remember doing that,” but not denying it. Which is total Republican code for FML.
Source! Sorry for forgetting it, mods!
Update: Romney "apologizes" for those silly little schoolboy pranks.