Skip to comments.Romney’s denials about homophobic assault are despicable
Posted on 05/10/2012 12:10:38 PM PDT by presidio9
There may be a good reason voters cant get a good bead on Mitt Romney. And it may be because the real Romney has a troubled, sadistic history. High School classmates of Romney recall an incident thats disturbing to its core. Romney, then a popular senior at the prestigious Cranbrook School in Michigan, disapproved of classmate John Laubers long, blond locks, which Romney allegedly took as a clue that Lauber was a homosexual. So Romney assembled a posse of bullies and held the boy down and brutally chopped off his hair.
He cant look like that. Thats wrong. Just look at him! an incensed Romney told Matthew Friedemann, his close friend in the Stevens Hall dorm, according to Friedemanns recollection. Mitt, the teenaged son of Michigan Gov. George Romney, kept complaining about Laubers look, Friedemann recalled.
A few days later, Friedemann entered Stevens Hall off the schools collegiate quad to find Romney marching out of his own room ahead of a prep school posse shouting about their plan to cut Laubers 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 incident was recalled similarly by five students, who gave their accounts independently of one another. Four of them Friedemann, now a dentist; Phillip Maxwell, a lawyer; Thomas Buford, a retired prosecutor; and David Seed, a retired principal spoke on the record. Another former student who witnessed the incident asked not to be named. The men have differing political affiliations, although they mostly lean Democratic. Buford volunteered for Barack Obamas campaign in 2008. Seed, a registered independent, has served as a Republican county chairman in Michigan. All of them said that politics in no way colored their recollections.
Today, Romneys actions would be considered a hate crime. The assault itself is a felony.
So is Mitt Romney sorry for his actions 47 years ago? Nope, unlike five of his classmates, the Republican presidential candidate has no recollection of assaulting Lauber. His campaign team put out this statement:
the former Massachusetts governor has no recollection of the incident.
Why would Mitt Romney not remember straddling another boy and savagely cutting off his hair? Because the event meant nothing to Romney. Lauber was beneath his contempt. He wasnt human to the young Romney.
But wont voters find it disturbing is that five classmates vividly recall the event, but Romney doesnt? Uh oh, time for shake the Romney Etch-A-Sketch . Oh that brutal attack? It appears Mitt does remember assaulting Lauber, but
I certainly dont believe that I thought the fellow was homosexual. That was the furthest thing from our minds back in the 1960s.
And he still hasnt apologized.
Also Romney is trying to claim that rampant homophobia didnt exist in the 1960s? Perhaps thats why it was so easy for homosexual men to come out back then. You better try again Mitt, youre getting caught in yet another deep, disturbing lie.
Romneys actions may be decades old, but they highlight a current problem among the Republican Party: Bullying is an acceptable form of punishment to quell dissent and non-conformity. From Ray Kellys spying on Muslims and brutal treatment of peaceful Occupy Wall Street voters to Rush Limbaughs labeling of independent women as feminazis, sluts, and prostitutes, the GOP has bcome vile, mean, and intolerant at its core.
Lauber died in 2004, so it is too late for Mitt Romney to apologize to him, but it doesnt mean he shouldnt apologize to the public for his actions. As a bullied child myself, I find Romneys actions in 1965 to be beyond contempt. The emotional scars I bear from the bullying and assaults I had to endure during my teenage years still haunt me.I remember my attackers gleeful faces as they heckled and assaulted me. I remember the names they called me, I remember feeling the spit on my cheek, I remember the punches they threw, I remember the helplessness I felt. There are millions of people like me, we were the retards, the fags, the geeks, and the losers. You see, it doesnt matter to us whether Lauber was gay or not. It also doesnt matter that Romney didnt attack him for being gay. What matters is that Lauber was physically assaulted for being different, for being subhuman, to being on a lower social stratus than a scion of wealth and affluence.
I have never received an apologies from the bullies that made my life hell. Today, one of them even denies the events ever happened. To me, this only heightens my contempt for bullies; when caught, they feel its acceptable for them to dismiss the event. It either didnt occur or didnt matter. My contempt for bullying has only grown because of this. And now, I have a new-found contempt for Mitt Romney, Americas lead bully. And his denying the significance of such an event is just as despicable as the assault.
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I don't have any problem defending Mitt Romney when he's right but I'll never vote for him. I'd even defend Obama on the few occasions that he is right, like ticking off the Turkish Muslims by calling for them to admit to the genocide of the Armenian Christians in WWI. The sad thing is that each of these two are right so infrequently that I fear for our nation in the next four years, regardless of who wins, and I seldom have to defend either.
Oh for God’s sake Romney, here’s what you need to say:
Back in the mid-sixties, there were two kinds of people; hippies...and people who cut hippies hair.
He was ‘Just kicking hippies asses and raising hell.’
It's a life illustration of how Romney's intrinsic arrogance assumes a right to control by force because the other guy isn't doing it the way Romney wants.
Witness his governing record in Massachusettes.
ABC news just made a “federal case” out of Mittens high school rough housing, Labeling him a “bully”.
He was a bully, a violent one.
A guy like him would have been shut down hard in my Texas high school.
Unfortunately, they became our College "professors" and "educators" as well as top level members of every government department or agency, federal, state and local.
No, I never did that. I just made up a disgusting story to make a point.
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This wouldn't rank a 1 out of 1 to 10, on the bully scale, 10 being an absolute beat down, requiring hospitalization and arrest.
I've had worse “bullying” by my brothers and friends just by horseplaying around.
When we got hurt and whined about it, we were told to "Stop being such a Pu@@y" and get over it. God help America if we ever get into another WW2.
We are all Frenchmen now....
It IS BULLYING. BY Romney who has
assaulted a few people on airplanes, too, recently.
Dude. HE WAS A KID.
Seriously, no one cares.
The “kid” would have been Army enlistment age.
At his age I was an anti-bully force, to have come on to a scene like that would have required action from me, I would have introduced Romney to a conservative sheepdog type.
Oh, believe me, Romney is somewhat preferable to Obama. I’d rather be stabbed once than shot at close range once. There is SOME chance of survival.
So, you are a bully.
Weird that you would think that a person who stands up to the bad guys, and the attackers, are bullies.
When I witness a bar fight, and I see a man pull out a knife, and I jump in to disarm him and stop the fight, am I bullying the knife man, when I see a man hit his wife and I intervene, you think that I am bullying him, stopping Romney and his posse from assaulting this guy, would be bullying them? When I jump on a guy and disarm him as he is going into his kids room to murder him and his mother in a murder/suicide event, that is bullying him?
Protecting victims, is not being a bully, it is protecting people.
What a bully you are. You should apologize. And stop pushing people around, you damned bully.
Forming a posse to hold down a person and cut their hair, is not a prank, it is a full blown assault.
I can imagine what fathers here would think if their son came home from school having been attacked in this manner.
I think the violence of the act would enrage them.
Headline should have read: I'm Barack Obama, and I approve this message.
The only thing despicable about this story is the WaPo sitting on this story, as it was given them some time ago, until Idi Obama could come out of the closet and they could attempt to smear Romney with it as a homo-bashing bully.
I wonder what Cliff looks like...
Ward, I’m worried about the MrB.
Give a woman an Indian burn or participate in a voluntary game of dodge ball, or overcome her enough to get her on the ground and cut off her hair by force, which one would you prefer trying to defend to a jury in a court room, as harmless, which one would you not want on your record?
Weird, not only do you compare someone attacking an individual to cut off his hair to kids playing dodge ball, but you don’t know how old Mitt Romney was in 1965.
These were military age males, it was 1965 and Mitt was born in 1947.
This would have been considered a real attack in 1965.
I'm all about fringe.
Your posts get weirder, longer, and further afield, I have answered you, I would much rather face a judge for pinching an arm or playing in a voluntary dodge ball game than for attacking someone violently, subduing them with pals, and cutting his hair off, meaning I think your questions in that regard are ridiculous.
Mitt was 17, old enough to enlist, although no male in his direct line has ever done so, even the draft can’t catch them.
You are smoking pot if you think that an attack of this nature was not a serious thing in 1965, I don’t know if you were still in high school yourself, or already out, but if you have some vision that such a thing was laughed off as an innocent prank, then you are wrong. My guess is that the victim kid kept it as quiet as possible.
Romney apologized for it, and claimed that he can’t remember it, a normal person would be stunned and outraged that it could even be thought possible for them to have been like that, they would not claim being unable to remember if they were doing that kind of thing or not. No one forgets doing that kind of violence.
When were your high school days?
No, go back over five years of my posts and many other freepers regarding Romney and his lines unbroken record of not serving us in the service, we never meant that literally no man with the name of Romney had ever been in the military or that no one in his vast Mormon extended family had not possibly been in the service, your inability to interpret reality and to not see the obvious intent of a post, and to cling to it angrily it for weeks or months or however long it has been, is truly bizarre, and is personalizing it.
I can see that you are personally engaged here and are dragging other threads and other topics onto this thread, that is against FR policy.
The weirdness in your posts on this thread are now explained, you are a grudge poster carrying personal baggage around FR and devoted to Romney.
You have issues friend, my guess is that you have been bully bait for much of your life, and that is why you are accepting of Mitt’s violent bullying.
...we never meant that literally no man with the name of Romney had ever been in the military...
Your words, in context, state otherwise. Had not another challenge your falsehoods, you would still be clinging to these falsehoods.
No, go back over five years of my posts and many other freepers regarding Romney
Unlike you, who has an really unhealthy obsession(FIVE YEARS?) with all things Romney and Mormons, I only recently started to post on Romney/Mormon threads. (Really FIVE YEARS? I would be EMBRASSASSED to PUBLICLY ADMIT I had a MAN CRUSH for Romney for FIVE YEARS.)
I started “defending” Romney on political grounds when it became apparent to all (well, to all who still have contact with reality) that the election will be between Obama the leftist radical, or Romney who at least gives conservatives hope, however slight.
As for "personally engaged" and "a grudge poster carrying personal baggage"
Look in the mirror, buddy!
Look in the mirror!
I'm (hahaha)a mere rank amateur (hahaahaa) compared to you and your obsession.(hahahaa) Mr. Big Touppff Texan and his "Sheepdog!!!! (hahaha)
After this election, I will leave all this behind and continue my life.
You, however will continue your mad rantings about Mormonism and man crush for Romney(haahaa)for another five years or until the Secret Service or men in white put you into a padded cell for your own protection.
But keep waiting for that "prefect Christian candidate of your fantasy world, Obama appreciates your patience.
Wow, for you to be so angry and bitter at a stranger on an internet forum and so deeply invested in such personal emotional rage toward me, as your post displays, shows that you need to step back a little and not think that you are meeting deep personal enemies here.
Maybe you need to try and find something else to do for a while before you explode, remember that Romney is merely a man, and that you are on a conservative site, where the owner, and many conservatives, are not blind to his history and politics.
Since you have dropped the pretense of posting on a thread topic, and have gone totally personal I’ll respond with this summary, and see if you think that it is reasonable, or the “lies” of a “narrow minded bigot”.
You find this (below) spreading falsehoods? I call it sane and truthful.
There is very little difference between Romney and Obamas actual records. Both supported abortion, gay rights, gun control, liberal judges, global warming, compulsory health insurance, individual mandates, government control over the economy, etc, in other words liberal progressive policies. And they both loathed Reagan, conservatism and the tea party.
Romney now swears hes a Reagan conservative. He also claims that his brand of government controlled, government forced, mandated compulsory health insurance is a free-market conservative solution. He also still says that even if president, he would do nothing about gays in the military. You can bet that means he will do nothing to thwart the advancing gay agenda. He also still says today that man-made global warming is real and that government will eventually have to do something about it. There goes our free-economy. He also says that TARP, the bailouts, the stimulus spending, etc, were all good ideas and that more may be necessary. So he truly does believe that government control of the economy, picking winners and losers, etc, is a good thing. Crony capitalism. He never even mentions the constitution which doesnt give the federal government the authority to do any of the above. Wonder why.
No Reaganite here, so guess thats just another lie too.
And they now call me a troll too for simply stating the truth.
This so-called incident has been debunked. Shown to be nothing more than a screed built of fabrication, exaggeration, innuendo and political skulduggery.
This is only the beginning. During the summer and fall, as Obama’s re-elect numbers continue to be dismal, as I believe they will, no lie against Romney and other Republicans will go untold.
Why are you taking this article seriously?
It has been refuted by everyone. The family of the so-called victim denies it and resents that their (now dead) relative is being lied about for political purposes.
If you don’t like Romney, fine, but don’t start believing all the lies told about him by the left.
Make up your own lies.
That was 2 days ago. The woman hadn’t refuted it yet.
Plus, Romney seems to have a bit of a mean streak in him. Period.
It hasn’t been debunked or even close to that, but Romney has apologized for it.
Truce about what, you merely need to reign in your posting actions and personalizing attacks on freepers.
Post 141 was a reasonable summary of where freerepublic should be in regards to Romney.
As far as your effort to limit discussion on Mitt Romney, you need to visit this post to JR at this link.
Yes. The tea party folks will take him out in the GOP primary. Unless the threat of being taken out in the primary makes him govern right.