Romney Apologizes For Bullying In Prep School, Says He Didn't Know Victim Was Gay
Huffington Post | May 10, 2012
WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney made a surprise appearance on Fox host Brian Kilmeade's radio show Thursday morning to respond to a lengthy Washington Post story on his time as a prep-school prankster and occasional bully of closeted gay students.
"They talk about the fact that I played a lot of pranks in high school," Romney said. "And they describe some that you just say to yourself, back in high school I just did some dumb things and if anybody was hurt by that or offended by it, obviously I apologize."
“I participated in a lot of hijinks and pranks during high school and some might have gone too far and for that, I apologize," he added.
It's never quite clear whether a politician's high school years are fair game for political attacks. Romney suggested during the interview that the acts he was apologizing for were merely youthful indiscretions; the Post described him pinning a closeted gay classmate to the ground and cutting his long hair, for example. But with the story suggesting latent homophobia in an adolescent Romney and with President Barack Obama having endorsed same-sex marriage on Wednesday, the piece reverberated.
Video: What Romney's 'Gay Bullying' Tells Us
Via The Huffington Post: "The Washington Post's Jason Horowitz shook up the political world Thursday morning with a deeply reported story about Mitt Romney's prep school days, an account that included disturbing recollections from former classmates about the presumptive Republican presidential nominee's behavior toward two students perceived to be gay. Is Romney a bully?
Ana Kasparian and Huffington Post Science Correspondent Cara Santa Maria break it down on The Young Turks.
Can you believe Mittens was a bully when he was in high school? Who would have thunk it? I thought he was a good-natured, peaceful guy.
It seems everyone but Mittens remembers the incident quite clearly. Imagine that.
Edited by Great Ape, 12 May 2012 - 07:36 AM.