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Mitt Romney's 'Cruel and Nasty' High School Bullying: 5 Ways It Hurts Him


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Cal
- 811 days ago - theweek.com
The story of one mean-spirited prank from 50 years ago is causing Team Romney a huge headache. Here's how it could get even worse



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Carol H. (229)
Friday May 11, 2012, 5:08 am
will the real Mitt Romney please stand up!!!!
 

John Gregoire (257)
Friday May 11, 2012, 5:29 am
A non-story. Is there any one of you out there who doesn't have some regret over an action you took while in HS?????
 

Cynthia Davis (340)
Friday May 11, 2012, 10:01 am
Doesn't surprise me, he seems like that type of person to me. Always feeling he is above others.
NO not all of us in high school have done something we regret. A lot of us were on the bullied end of things and we find this type of behavior very much a story that should be viewed as what it is. It means he has always had entitlement issues and not everyone that went to high school felt that way. Most high school students, even today feel inadequate not entitled. The fact that he picked on a classmate that was gay means he had some other kind of issues as well.
 

Wild Thang (9)
Friday May 11, 2012, 3:18 pm
It only add fuel to the Mormon assault on GLBT marriage and his propensities and that his lack of presentation of identity is to hide his Mormon connections and perhaps secret agenda with their world wide missionary network and US international strategic policy. The bullying kinds goes in with the sheering of companies that his Bain Group was known for as well.
 

Dandelion G. (382)
Friday May 11, 2012, 3:46 pm
He is still a bully. He was Bain Capital's bully as he did deals that took away many people's jobs.
 

Linda Hayford (0)
Friday May 11, 2012, 3:50 pm
In a time when we are battling "Bullying" this information is a shame. The Republicans then have to bring up Obama's use of drink and drugs in high school. Two different things! You can grow out of the urge to participate in drugs and alcohol but your stuck with homophobia for ever!! Romney's a creep and just plain stupid!
 

Marlene Dinkins (229)
Friday May 11, 2012, 4:03 pm
he is not good for nathing!!!!!!!!!! and biside , he do not like dog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

Philip Heinlein (471)
Friday May 11, 2012, 4:42 pm
Mitt's got some explaining to do.
 

Betsy Bee (1045)
Friday May 11, 2012, 4:56 pm
As Dandelion writes so very well, this man i s still bully and his ruthless behavior at Bain Capital proves it. Also, never forget that he tied a dog to the roof of a station wagon and then drove on a highway. He is not just a bully - he is the kind of animal cruelty monster for which we write petitions to jail.
 

John S. (297)
Friday May 11, 2012, 5:57 pm
Thanks.
 

Billie C. (2)
Friday May 11, 2012, 6:01 pm
why aren't people having a fit about obama bullying that girl is school? it's in his book. people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. if mitts a bully then so is obama. the family of the so called bully victim says it's not true and are very upset. nothing like using a dead person. smells like the obama camp to me. they love to play dirty. just as clintons people from the last election.
 

John B. (215)
Friday May 11, 2012, 6:14 pm
Thanks for posting the article Cal. Noted. The article didn't make Romney look any worse to me than he already does. He is at the top of my list and it's not a nice list. I can only hope that after he loses the Nov. election he fads away in to the darkness of oblivion but with our luck he will pull a Dick Chenney.
 

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Friday May 11, 2012, 7:06 pm
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BMutiny TCorporationsEvil (467)
Friday May 11, 2012, 7:23 pm
"They choose their victims well, often that poor girl or guy whom no-one will come to rescue when he abuses them. The bully's talent is in mobilizing others to participate in the abuse, the humiliation, the ostracization of his chosen victim as well as immobilizing others to not do anything to help his victim."
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Rmoney's actions sound exactly like this CLASSIC, TEXTBOOK DESCRIPTION OF "BULLYING" AND "BULLIES".
Rmoney SINGLED OUT a boy who was "different".
Rmoney MOBILIZED OTHERS. Those who are NOW COMING FORWARD, and, UNLIKE RMONEY, ARE SAYING THEY ARE TRULY SORRY.
Rmoney and his friends' aims were to ABUSE, HUMILIATE, and OSTRACIZE someone who was "different" -- BECAUSE HE LOOKED AND ACTED "GAY". {What a GROSS LIE -- that high school teens in that era "paid no attention to such things" as Rmoney claims he didn't!!!!!!!!!!!! We ALL know different!}
As the teen whose hair was being forcefully cut, CRIED AND SCREAMED FOR HELP, it MUST have been heard -- but NO-ONE came to the rescue! Just as in the "TEXTBOOK CASE" above, even the Teachers, not to mention the other Students at the school, were apparently "IMMOBILIZED".......
maybe by the Rmoney Family wealth? or something.......

This case is so CLASSIC, it ought to be used as a TEACHING EXAMPLE in Psychology Courses......

{And, of course, we know that if teenage boys are as EXTREMELY HOMOPHOBIC as to take such EXTREME action, it most probably means THEY ARE WORRIED AND INSECURE ABOUT THEIR OWN "MASCULINITY".....
and don't forget, RMONEY WAS THE RINGLEADER OF THIS, uh, "PRANK" as he chooses to call it.}.


 

BMutiny TCorporationsEvil (467)
Friday May 11, 2012, 7:49 pm
So you can see that what Rmoney actually DID, fits PERFECTLY, the CLASSIC TEXTBOOK CASE OF BULLYING, OF BEING A BULLY, here it is exactly:

[Lauber] 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…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.
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Note: RMONEY INITIATED AND LED THE "POSSE". HE GOT A GROUP OF HIS PEERS TO GANG UP ON ONE HELPLESS PERSON. HE "MOBILIZED OTHERS". RMONEY "IM-MOBILIZED OTHERS TO NOT DO ANYTHING".
So, he wasn't just "hanging out" with some "pranksters".
And, in his "righteousness", he felt TOTALLY JUSTIFIED in doing this because of someone else's decision of how to do their HAIR??????!!!!!!
This was very, very PRE-MEDITATED.....
And Rmoney showed NO COMPASSION OR RESTRAINT.....
Can you VISUALIZE the scene? I can! Can you IDENTIFY with the victim....?
And now the Rmoney camp, is claiming ROMNEY'S the "victim"....!!!!!!!!!!
 

Nancy L. (139)
Friday May 11, 2012, 9:11 pm
Non story is right John. It's not true. Even if it were, it's still a non story. Guess what Obama was doing in high school.......drinking and drugs. Said it himself. And he hit a girl on the playground. Now who's the bully???
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Friday May 11, 2012, 9:47 pm
Thanks.
 

Susanne R. (249)
Friday May 11, 2012, 10:40 pm
Holding a young man down against his will and removing his hair as he cried and pleaded for them to stop is far beyond a teenage prank. Mitt was a spoiled and privileged kid who did as he pleased. He's a judgmental bigot who lacks compassion. Why is it that the young men he convinced to go along with this assault are filled with remorse while Mitt claims that he doesn't even remember the incident? I'm not buying what he's selling. The fact that he can look someone in the eye and lie with a smile on his face leads me to believe that he's had a lot of practice.

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. I've lived long enough to know better.
 

Myron Scott (70)
Friday May 11, 2012, 11:47 pm
Nan, Obama wrote about the incident you mention in his autobiography. He pushed, not hit, the girl.

As to Romney, I was there, and this happened to long-haired hippies at the hands of jocks, rednecks, and others not uncommonly and with no homophobia involved. I don't know the facts, which seem to be in dispute. Quite frankly, I care less about what any candidate did as a punk kid than about the kind of "It's not personal, it's business" bullying Mitt did as an adult, as Dandelion describes it.

This kind of campaigning - on both sides - is tantamount to bullying, come to think of it. This is shaping up to be one of the dirtiest and least relevant elections in US history I fear. Maybe because NEITHER Mitt nor Obama deserves to win on the real issues. Still, if I vote for either, it will be Obama. From the courthouse to the House of Congress and the White House, the contemporary GOP needs a good stomping.

But as far as that last house, I'm seriously considering writing in Francois Hollande.
 

Myron Scott (70)
Saturday May 12, 2012, 12:56 am
To clarify, "I was there" in the 60s-70s.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday May 12, 2012, 3:26 am
you can tell a lot about a person or society by the way they treat the beings they don't think they have to treat well
life has value beyond measure
Peace and Love
 

JM A. (176)
Saturday May 12, 2012, 7:37 am
I APPRECIATE THIS EXPOSURE TO THE UNDERBELLY OF THIS MAN, ROMNEY!!
 

Jane H. (129)
Saturday May 12, 2012, 1:07 pm
i hope Romney is defeated by Obama for the Presidency. I just don't know what I'll do if Obama isn't reelected.
 

Shelly Peterson (213)
Saturday May 12, 2012, 5:17 pm
....this man, is NOT presidential material, anyway,..even with this..the "Universe" is moving in mysterious ways!!!!
OBAMA 2012!!!
 

Rob and Jay B. (122)
Monday May 14, 2012, 1:28 am
He's been exposed as a tax cheat showing his dishonesty, and for his infamous explosive temper - not a good thing to have in a president, and now he's been shown to be what he really is - a spoiled rich kid bully. Men who are comfortable with their own sexual orientation aren't bothered by another's, are they?

What a tragedy really that the US with 300million people can't come up with better than these two mediocrities to run for their presidency, and by default, the ruler of the world, unfortunately. Neither one of them deserve to be voted into office. The US people will never gain their much touted, but illusive, democracy until they turn against the one Corporate party with its two wings that runs the country and its continual wars for continuous profits for its corporate war profiteering machine.

Vote Independent or write in the name of someone with true ideas and character like Bernie Sanders and throw out the Corporate lackies in both the Dem and Rep Corporate parties. Otherwise you'll never have a progressive war-free nation.
 
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