Mitt “Bully” Romney

Friday, May 11, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has taken being antigay to a level not seen since George W. Bush ran for president in 2000. Romney, like Bush, advocates for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Romney even opposes civil unions for gay couples.

But according to a shocking report in the Washington Post, the depth of Romney’s disdain for people he sees different from him, i.e. gay, can be traced back to his high schools days at the prestigious preparatory Cranbrook School in leafy Bloomfield Hills, MI, where Romney attended as a young man.

Romney spotted someone 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. Romney wasn’t having it.

An incensed Romney told Matthew Friedemann, his close friend in the Stevens Hall dorm, according to Friedemann’s recollection:

“He can’t look like that. That’s wrong. Just look at him!”

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.

The harrowing incident was recalled similarly by five students at Cranbrook, who gave their accounts to the Post independently of one another.

Thomas Buford, a retired prosecutor, and Cranbrook’s wrestling champion, said he joined Romney in restraining the terrified Lauber:

“It happened very quickly, and to this day it troubles me. What a senseless, stupid, idiotic thing to do.”

Another former classmate and old friend of Romney’s at Cranbrook who refused to be identified by name told ABC News there are “a lot of guys” who went to Cranbrook who have “really negative memories” of Romney’s behavior in the dorms, behavior he  describes as “evil” and “like Lord of the Flies.”

What I find particularly disturbing is, while five former Cranbrook students could vividly recall the incident, one student went on to be a dentist; one a lawyer; one is a retired prosecutor; one is a retired principal; and one who asked to not be identified, but it is Mitt Romney – the Republican presidential nominee, who claims he has no recollection of the event or his pivotal role in terrorizing John Lauber.

Mitt Romney’s inability to remember the Cranbrook event, suggests he is a sociopath in nature. Little wonder he could later strap a dog to the roof of his car and drive 800 miles without a shred of remorse.

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23 Responses to Mitt “Bully” Romney

  1. Woodcliffe says:

    I attended private high school 2 years out of four, and I never engaged in any behavior even close to approximating Mitt Romney’s behavior. Fun was beer parties at a nearby lake Friday night. Underage drinking was my rebellion. If I had carried out the behavior described in this blog piece attributed to Mitt Romney, I would’ve been expelled.

  2. TOM339 says:

    Romney is a bully.

    His behavior met the definition of criminal. But, Mitt Romney’s daddy was Michigan governor at the time and I’m sure Cranbrook school officials just looked the other way and smiled, glowing over the fact they had the governor’s son in attendance.

    The behaviors described in the WaPo article would later serve Romney well when he was at Bain Capital, driving companies into bankruptcy and firing thousands of employees, putting them on the streets. The GOP has a knack for picking shit out of the toilet and running them for president.

  3. Brigadoon says:

    Too bad Mitt Romney wasn’t prosecuted.

  4. joost says:

    The more we learn about this guy the scarier he seems. I can’t imagine the American people electing Mitt Romney president. He engaged in high school gay bashing. His behavior was a prank, it was gay bashing. Case closed.

  5. Marcus Ybanez says:

    Mitt Romney can remember when he marched in a parade with his daddy before he was born, but cannot remember this vile assault.

    Like Joost says, the more we learn about Mitt Romney, the more ill-suited he is to be president.

  6. Tiny Dancer says:

    Willard Scissorhands.

  7. Matteo says:

    Phillip Maxwell told CNN he is “still haunted by what he claims he witnessed on the campus of the state’s elite Cranbrook School in 1965: a young Mitt Romney and a group of friends holding down a classmate named John Lauber and cutting off chunks of his long hair.”

    “It was not an event you take a lot of pride in. And it was that way for all of us I’m a lawyer. I know what an assault is. This kid was scared. He was terrified. That’s an assault.”

  8. retahyajyajav says:

    Willard Scissorhands.

    Willard Psychohands.

  9. Mittsy doesn’t have a memory of this incident because he likely committed many more bullying acts and his father probably used his influence to keep him out of trouble.

  10. okjimm says:

    We all did things in HS that we may not be proud of…. I did. Not a bully or such, but there were things I did I do regret. But for Romney to say he does not remember is pure bullshit. You can forgive single individuals indiscretions of youth….but not lying about them. Another reason to to vote for the asshole.

  11. The Real Adam says:

    Let’s be absolutely clear. Fellow students characterized Romney’s antics as “Lord of the Flies.”

    He was motivated to be violent toward another student because the student did not meet his standard of conformity. Romney was threatened and add to this the perception John Lauber was gay, whether accurate or not, was more than Romney could take. Lauber had to be punished and Romney saw to it Lauber was humiliated. Romney saw himself as the gate keeper. He’s a sick man.

  12. Jim says:

    What an idiot. And a scary one at that. Never, never, never should this sociopath become President.

  13. Stephen Iversonn says:

    According to FOX News’ Sean Hannity, President Obama was as much a scoundrel as was Willard Romney because the young Obama admitted to doing drugs in high school.

    Let’s see now?

    Assault v. smoking pot?
    Harassment v. getting high?

    Sure Sean. Sure. ROFLMAO! Romney is toast. Bullying is a national issue now and the American people aren’t stupid. People like Sean Hannity forget this in their pathetic effort to restore Willard Romney’s sullied reputation.

  14. Rachel says:

    TOM339 hit the nail on the head. Where was Cranbrook’s administration while this was going on? A verbal assault is bad enough but, Romney and his posse physically assaulted a student. They pinned the kid to the ground and cut his hair off. The assault occurred on school property. Was Cranbrook afraid to expel the governor’s little precious boy? This is disgusting and I’m appalled.

  15. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    I’m not a psychologist but when I watch Romney on TV, see his face and hear his speech, I tend to cringe. There’s something just not right about him.

    He reminds me of the guy we’ve all seen at a party sitting alone in the corner and laughing to himself.

    I would not want him around my daughter and I certainly would not trust him as president.

  16. Bill Hussein O'Reilly says:

    I was under the impression Mormons wear magic underwear?
    Do they not steer them away from inappropriate situations like attacking innocent high school, strip clubs, and drug deals?
    Maybe Mitt got up late that day and forgot to put them under his uniform?

  17. Fran says:

    Mitt is the GOPs finest. Which means he;s a skank.
    Romney is the quintessential 1%er. He wants to be president, yet stashes his fortunes in the Caymans & offshore accounts. All legal, but ethically piss poor. While the nation struggles & the wealthy get tax cuts, a hefty tax cut is not enough, he wants to keep ALL his $$$$.
    Real patriotic.

    The guy just seems so robotic, and carries too much baggage– all show his real character.

  18. Joe in Colorado says:

    Sorry, Willard but I’m not buying the “I have not memory of this” shtick. Five, professional, former classmates remember the attack on John Lauber very well. In fact, several of them are haunted by it and remain remorseful to this day. If Romney can’t recall it then perhaps, he’s suffering from early onset dementia? If this is the case, he has no business running for president.

  19. ChiTOM says:

    I would argue the Republican nominee might learn something about the seriousness of bullying by viewing the new documentary “Bully” that highlights a number of cases. While Romney isn’t in high school today, he has grandchildren who one day will be. This is a teachable moment for him, his wife and his family. The issue transcends politics.

  20. Seabec says:

    What was once high school “hijinks” is now bullying. Maybe Romney doesn’t get it but people under the age of 30 get it. Romney is from another era. We don’t need him in the White House. Go away, Mitt. Your services aren’t needed.

  21. Peace Nick says:

    It’s a real shame somebody didn’t kick Mitt’s ass.

    Of course, Mitt will be getting his ass kicked by the voters in about six months. The image if him conceding to President Obama will be epic.

  22. Leslie Lovell says:

    He was a leader in this attack. “we did not think about these things (in 1965)”. Really, Willard?
    I was 15 in 1965 and remember the complete homophobia of the time. Young boys that were behind their classmates in physical development were singled out specifically for this type of
    harassment. It was cowardly and cruel then and remains so today. No one that witnessed this type of thing would think that it was an innocent prank. It speaks volumes about his character.
    He is also a prominent member of a religious group that uses shunning and marginalizing
    against their own members who dare question the status quo. “Putting it on the shelf” is their
    only method of dealing with difficult and demanding issues that require real inquiry, knowledge,
    and debate. The problems we face today are overwhelming, and a reactionary, authoritarian,
    coward would be a poor choice at any time, a disaster for 2012.

  23. Abbey Peripatetic says:

    Willard Romney has dead eyes. He looks like a human/alligator hybrid with blow dried hair.

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