2012 Election | Bullying | Mitt Romney

Mitt Offers Open-Ended Apology For High School 'Hijinks'

RomneyKidMitt Romney's presidential campaign clearly wants to put the story of him cutting a presumed gay student's hair behind him. The candidate just now offered a vague apology for his youthful misadventures.

Via Talking Points Memo:

Mitt Romney offered a qualified apology for his behavior as a high school student, without specifically saying whether a report that he bullied a student thought by his classmates to be gay was accurate.

“Back in high school I did some dumb things and if anybody was hurt by that or offended by that I apologize,” Romney told FOX radio host Brian Kilmeade Thursday. “If I did stupid things, I’m afraid I’ve got to say sorry for it.”

Romney, 65, noted he graduated from high school nearly five decades ago, and said, “I’m quite a different guy now.” He admitted “I participated in a lot of hijinks and pranks in high school and some of them might have gone too far, and I apologize.”

Romney also said that he doesn't recall thinking the student in question, John Lauber, was gay. "I certainly don’t believe that I thought the fellow was homosexual,” Romney said. “That was the furthest thing from our minds back in the 1960s.”

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  1. "Straight liberals don't take offense to gender-nonconformity"

    Yes, they do. They hold their noses and support gay rights out of abstract principle, but most of them don't have any use for the "gay" culture of effeminacy, either.

    And they only constitute 20-25% of the population, anyway, so if you cannot convince any more than that small group to be sympathetic towards you, then you are doomed......as the results from all the initiatives and referenda demonstrates.

    Posted by: Rick | May 10, 2012 1:40:29 PM

  2. Ratbastard, if you think anyone believes a word you say on here then you're as delusional as Rick. Keep lying.

    Posted by: Jay | May 10, 2012 1:44:12 PM

  3. BREAKING: The WAPO is now reporting that in kindergarten Romney once called another child a "poopy head"

    Posted by: Inside | May 10, 2012 1:45:41 PM

  4. Mitt Romney's capacity for lying is breathtaking.

    Posted by: George | May 10, 2012 1:46:40 PM

  5. So basically he's saying "that was 50 years ago" --- water over the dam.

    Hmm, seems to me Obama's birth was 50 years ago too, but that seems very relevant to the right.

    Posted by: acorlando | May 10, 2012 1:48:59 PM

  6. Then how come it's only ever conservative gays who whine about "effeminacy", Rick?

    I don't know a single straight liberal who takes issue with gender-nonconformity. I don't know any secure gay men who take issue with it either. Only insecure gay men who are scared of what conservatives think pay any heed to these concepts. But you can prove all of us wrong by showing us this example of manliness that you claim to be. You always refuse to do so whenever any commenters ask.

    Posted by: Jay | May 10, 2012 1:50:52 PM

  7. I think this story says a lot about Romney as a person, actually. What kind of 'leadership' he exercises.

    Yes, this kind of thing has always gone on. But it's generally just a few people in any situation doing it: the a**holes. Every school has a few, unfortunately.

    And Mitt's still beating up on the fags to rally his followers today. Once an a**hole, always an a**hole...

    Posted by: Hank | May 10, 2012 1:52:05 PM

  8. While the sexuality or perceived sexuality of the victim in this case is important, what's most telling to me is Romney's inability to abide non-conformity. Some guy is wearing his hair "the wrong way" and it really bugs him. He mentions it several times to his friends; it really eats at him for some reason until the guy has to be punished for it, someone needs to hold him down while Romney cuts that non-conformity out of him.

    And as for the "it was 50 years ago!" argument, it was apparently disturbing enough to at LEAST 5 men who were there that they remember it vividly 5 decades later, feel guilt and shame because they either participated or didn't stop it. One of them apologized to the victim in 2009, and the man said he'd thought of that incident often.

    I've seriously begun to wonder if Romney is a sociopath. I'm serious as a heart attack about this. There is a psychopathology checklist that's a standard diagnostic tool for therapists and law enforcement and Romney fits a LOT of the criteria, from animal cruelty (the Seamus story), his artificiality, his willingness to say ANYTHING that benefits himself at the moment, etc. Once you start seeing it the examples keep coming. This story plays into that as well.

    Posted by: Caliban | May 10, 2012 1:56:35 PM

  9. So we're all clear: ignore Rick. He's back and just as trollish as ever. Don't feed him.

    Posted by: MateoM | May 10, 2012 1:58:27 PM

  10. Oh that's so clever Inside. Did you learn that in Troll school?
    Rick, in a strange way I can forgive you your obsession, but you are really making yourself look like a moron here. We don't even know if the guy who was attacked actually acted flamboyant, or was just quiet with a long lock of hair. Ethically speaking, there's hardly any difference if Romney had been a ringleader in an attack against a black student or a Turkish exchange student, or a poor student. The guy is a jerk and a bully. How would you propose the kid "man up"? Bring a gun to school and shoot the students involved in the attack? If you want to criticize certain aspects of media culture or whatnot, fine, don't make people think you are completely brain dead by acting like bullying is somehow just desserts for anybody who can't defend themselves because they are outnumbered or overpowered. (both in this case, apparently) Was James Byrd Jr. weak because he couldn't defend himself?

    Posted by: St. Theresa of Avila | May 10, 2012 2:00:16 PM

  11. we don't even have to back 50 years to see the harm he is ok with causing...just replay his comments from yesterday...

    Posted by: mark | May 10, 2012 2:01:06 PM

  12. @Jay I have said what I have to say and it is the truth. One might think that losing one referendum and political battle after another would clue some of you into the reality that there is something really, really wrong with YOURSELVES and your attitudes and behavior that is causing the public to maintain such negative attitudes towards you, not with the public, itself, but instead you just dig in your heals and attack those such as myself, who point it out to you, repeating the very nonsensical mantras that have caused the public to dislike you so intensely.

    You can either face reality and change accordingly or you can go on being social outcasts. Your choice.

    Posted by: Rick | May 10, 2012 2:03:32 PM

  13. And I prefer to watch straight porn over gay porn because I like to pretend that I have a vagina.

    Posted by: RICK | May 10, 2012 2:07:04 PM

  14. "I'm a different guy now. These day I torture animals and hate women."

    Posted by: JimmyD | May 10, 2012 2:09:10 PM

  15. Yes, Mittens is "quite a different guy now." These days he just gives tens of thousands of dollars (chump change/bettin' money) to other people (NOM, the Mormon Church) to do his bullying for him. AND he gets a tax write off for it. What a guy!

    Posted by: Mike | May 10, 2012 2:14:34 PM

  16. TJ:
    No Mittens isn't Robbie from My Three Sons.
    Robbie was (is) out---so no this magic underwear bigot is not Robbie-
    That's insulting to My Three Sons.

    Posted by: Nick | May 10, 2012 2:20:23 PM

  17. Social outcasts, in some arenas. Others?

    Kelly Ripa on live with Kelly this AM. Rarely have I seen anyone avoid being political more than someone on a cotton-candy talk show. Her guest host, Nick Lachey, holds up a newspaper with a picture of Obama; "GAY OK!" The audience cheered, loud and long. Kelly remarks that polls show that the majority of Americans believe that gay people deserve equal treatment.

    Today show panel of Professonals. Star Jones, African American. Donny Deutch, straight white male. Nothing but praise for Obama for doing the moral and ethical thing, because equality is American, and saying what you believe matters.

    The nay-sayers are no doubt out there. But please, the gloom and doom here is beyond ridiculous. This is an opportunity. The Right WILL take advantage of this. Why can't we, with the help of our friends, families, and allies, take advantage as well?

    North Carolina is North Carolina and the South is the South. But to my Facebook post of the Obama/biden poster, Equality is a BFD (which I reposted from a straight friend's wall), my religious, southern, African American friend posted her approval. Likes from all my straight friends.

    There are things you can do, simple things, every day, that say that we matter, Come out, speak up, and enlist your friends. Don't just sit here and b*tch.

    Posted by: TJ | May 10, 2012 2:28:48 PM

  18. Romney is and was the product of an incredibly wealthy white mormon family. Of course he was a bully. Ruling-class frat mentality.

    Posted by: Robert | May 10, 2012 2:33:44 PM

  19. Rick, what reality? Like many have said before, the kinds of comments you make are only ever made from people like you - those who make boastful claims without any attempt to back them up. What social outcasts? Last time I checked the kind of gay men you constantly are criticizing are the ones who are in no way living in fear or hiding. The gay men you hate aren't the victims of anti-gay bigotry because they're not the ones still pathetically living with a foot in the closet.

    Posted by: Jay | May 10, 2012 2:37:00 PM

  20. Just a footnote to the conversation, here: Mormons might have been racist reactionaries in the 1960s/1970s, but HUD Sec. George Romney, to his credit, went head-to-head with Nixon in a losing fight to force exclusive suburbs to write meaningful fair housing plans, with broad consequences for federal funding. He went further than most of his Democratic contemporaries were willing to go.

    Too bad about his son, though. As one of the other posters said, totally out of Central Casting for the loathsome dumb preppy jock... who grows up to be a heartless multimillionaire.

    And @Rick, sorry, ain't biting. I'm not a particularly effeminate guy, but no one gets left behind in this movement -- trans, AfAm, Latino, homeless, queer -- no one. If that ever costs us in the short run, so be it. At least we'll be able to sleep at night.

    Posted by: Chris | May 10, 2012 2:57:49 PM

  21. This is becoming like a real dysfunctional family...smack!...snap out of it!
    Just got to beat that Nitwit Romney need all folks aboard here.

    Posted by: VDUFFORD | May 10, 2012 3:04:18 PM

  22. well, well well.

    And we, and the good people of the theatre, cinema, sports,education, public service,entertainment and truly concerned souls have all been promoting :
    "It gets better".

    Now we have a presidential candidate who has been a bully and really doesn't give a $hit about what he has done. it can all be explained away....it was so long ago.....
    Even back then picking on a guy for blond hair was the act of a vicious thug.
    Call it what it is.

    What a kick in the face for all who have ever cried at another bullying victim, at another suicide, at another bashing.

    We have a war to fight; Romney is the face of the enemy.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | May 10, 2012 3:15:54 PM

  23. Funny Mitt, what you did was not only bullying, it was an assault and a criminal offense. If something like that happened today I doubt you would get off so easily. Then again, how often are the children of the rich held accountable for their actions?

    Posted by: scott | May 10, 2012 3:23:36 PM

  24. I so much want to beat the living $hit out of Romney !......just to let him and his ilk know what he has done.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | May 10, 2012 3:24:50 PM

  25. so basically he's a legendary brat who just goes with the flow. and the flow back then would be to cut a fags hair, in the 90's if you're running for governor of a liberal state it would be to be tolerant and accepting, and in 2012 if you're running for republican President it's to be as anti gay as possible while still courting the small % of repulicans that aren't anti gay. *oops i hired and fired a gay staffer.*

    Posted by: MKisNE | May 10, 2012 3:26:48 PM

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