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  1. Locus Solus 10 May 2012, 9:22pm

    No surprises it seems… Oh well, plenty of decent people out there! These guys are just an irritating minority that will one day be extinct.

  2. Once a bully, always a bully.

    To excuse this behaviour as ‘hijinks and pranks’ is offensive.

    Why do we keep electing this kind of person to public office?

    1. What’s said is that this won’t bother the republicans who aren’t already supporting Ron Paul in the caucuses.

  3. I think it is very mean to report on something cruel and stupid he did in his childhood. There are many years under the bridge since that happened. We have all of us done things in our childhood that we are ashamed of now. Do we deserve those to be made public and follow us around for the rest of our lives? Can’t we regard childhood as a time to learn from our mistakes, instead of being condemned to be defined by them for the rest of our lives?

    Leave his childhood alone. Attack him instead for what he has done during his adult life. Probably plenty of stuff to focus on there.

    1. He’s a politician and a public figure, therefore everything he has ever done is fodder for discussion and comment, that is the nature of politics and public life in the 21st century.

    2. Paula Thomas 10 May 2012, 9:47pm

      Two differences:

      1. We aren’t running for public office.

      2. The vast majority of us are not intinctive bullies

    3. @ Gazza

      I’d agree with you if he’d showed he’s a better person now. But he hasn’t changed, and he doesn’t care about people who are bullied.

    4. Paddyswurds 10 May 2012, 11:24pm

      …What planet are you on. Bullying where ever it is found or when ever it is committed is to be roundly condemned and if the perpetrator is now trying to get elected to the most powerful job on the planet then even more so. That the moron/mormon Mit Romney was a bully when a teenager should come as no surprise to anyone because that is the style we in the GLB community have come to expect of him. Another reason to add to the many reasons this idiot should never set foot in 1600 Pennsylvanian Ave either as president or rat catcher, a career more suited to vermin like him.

    5. He was 18 years old at the time, child? I think not. He was a homophobe then and he’s a homophobe now. He’s a Mormon they hate gays remember? He also tried to bully a single mother into giving up her child because she was a Mormon and he was a ‘bishop’ and disaproved. She told him to fck off and so should every LGBT voter in the USA.

    6. Jock S. Trap 11 May 2012, 12:14pm

      Might be easy for the Bully to forget but how do you think it is for the victim? You go on about being children…. you know the things we grow up with, the things people do that effect lives. I’m guessing your response would be sticks and stone and they were just kids but think about it…. this is the most impressionable age in anyone’s life… this is the age that things become into effect and map how we grow…

      So you say thats fine just because of their age…. Ok two questions…. by any chance were you one of these bullies? Or maybe still am?

      1. Read what I actually wrote properly, instead of using your imagination to create a straw man that is easier for you to attack.

  4. Seems strange to say but In some ways it’s worse if he didn’t know the person was gay.

    We already know he’s a hateful bigot, but if the attack WASN’T homophobic, then it was horrible bullying without motive which shows he’s not just a homophobe but a generally hateful, horrible person.

    1. Jasper Foucault 11 May 2012, 12:14am

      He picked on someone, violently, just for being different. Presumably that’s why many people join the GOP. Political fundamentalists.

    2. Julian Morrison 11 May 2012, 1:08am

      There isn’t a boundary. Known gay, suspected gay, just a bit girly… the homophobes conflate them all, and bullies pick on anyone outside the shelter of normality. He’s no less homophobic because he was using gaydar to pick his victims.

  5. Mitt Romney should be ashamed of himself! Bullies are scum! I bet he isn’t even sorry for what he done. Afterall he is a homophobe!

    1. Jock S. Trap 11 May 2012, 12:16pm

      Indeed… mor sorry he got found out, I suspect!

  6. Mr. Romney is a homophobe and a bully. He won’t directly apologize to his victim and he’s pledged to destroy LGBT civil rights. He’s unfit to be President.

  7. Hang on. People do not routinely walk around with scissors.

    This would-be president must have deliberated, then gone in search of scissors sharp enough to cut hair in bulk, then purposely carried these with him until such time as he could attack and humiliate another human being.

    Premeditated bullying from a grade one asshole who now passes it off as a lark.

    What an asshole!

    1. I wonder if someone held him down and shaved his head all the while calling him a useless mormon if he would consider it a prank.

    2. David Myers 12 May 2012, 7:54am

      Furthermore, he recruited a “posse” of four others and then went looking for the kid. It was a premeditated hate crime. At least the other four had the decency to be troubled by what they did and to remember it.

    3. Sorry, I hit the wrong button. Thought your comments were brilliant.

  8. Bullies like Mitt Romney ,only bully because they are Weak ,John Lauber must of had something about him (Presence )for him and Mitt Romney like other bullies must of felt threatened by it.

    RIP John Lauber

  9. His excuse that he didn’t know the person was gay implies that bullying is OK and looks like an attempt to justify his actions.

    The truth is that even without knowing it he picked up that there was something different and tried to victimise the person as a result.

    He’s a bully and a homophobe and should have no place in politics.

  10. who cares. the man was only a teenager at the time having a laugh. we all do stupid things. get real.

    1. I think it’s particularly meaningful to see a person’s character before they learn to hide it growing up. We’ve all done stupid things but we haven’t all bullied other people.

    2. Everyone cares and you need a lesson in common humanity. It’s never having a laugh to target someone and then attack them. Nobody is laughing. He was an 18 year old Mormon homophobe conformist who hated that anyone could be an individual with ideas other than those of his cult. Romney is unfit for high office.

      1. Like the other poster said, it was premeditated because no one, especially a self claimed manly man like Mitt, carries scissors around with them all the time. Especially ones that would cut thick human hair. Sounds like a sociopath to me.

    3. Rhoderick Gates 11 May 2012, 3:21am

      He’s only apologising after publicly exposed. And dismisses it as a ‘prank’, etc.

      That’s pathetic.

    4. “we all do stupid things. get real.”

      Some take that quality into adult life. Its why we’re look over your own comments.

    5. While many of us as teenagers liked to have a laugh, many of us did so, but not at the epense of others and certainly not by holding someone to cut their hair off!

      By your comment you are stating that what he did was an acceptable level of behaviour which is clearly is not!

    6. Jock S. Trap 11 May 2012, 12:19pm

      Why is this always the typical response from a Bully?

      So long as bullies like you think it’s ‘just having a laugh’ I guess the victim is in fact Still being bullied… Stuff the victim in all this eh? …. and his makes you a better person because?

      You should be ashamed.

  11. Bullying is never ever acceptable.

    Bullies make weak leaders.

    So Romney homophobically bullied school mates and failed to prevent his gay ex-foreign policy advisor from being bullied.

    Is this the kind of man you would want to be President?

    I bet the Log Cabin Republicans are uncritical of Romneys bullying history! Perhaps that speaks more of their lack of backbone!

    1. Paddyswurds 10 May 2012, 11:28pm



        F5, ctrl(cmd)+r or right click -> refresh.

        It’s not something to rant about is it. It’s not like some priggy, public school, prat has pinned you down on the floor and cut off your locks.

        1. Paddyswurds 11 May 2012, 11:15am

          I tried that obviously,but most of the time the reload is greyed out. i didn’t come down the river in a bubble you know, I have been in computers since before most of you were born.
          This disappearing thing has been going on and off for months now. the expand arrows are also a problem especially when there are a lot of comments but PN just ignores complaints….. The problem is sloppy software from Word Press which is not a surprise frankly. I am surprised the owner of this site hasn’t complained to them….. There are way better programs for this sort of thing than Word press some of them totally free.

  12. Paddyswurds 10 May 2012, 11:38pm

    Bullying where ever it is found or when ever it is committed is to be roundly condemned and if the perpetrator is now trying to get elected to the most powerful job on the planet then even more so. That the moron/mormon Mit Romney was a bully when a teenager should come as no surprise to anyone because that is the style we in the GLB community have come to expect of him. Another reason to add to the many reasons this idiot should never set foot in 1600 Pennsylvanian Ave either as president or rat catcher, a career more suited to vermin like him.

    1. 100% in agreement with you but Obama has a ton of faults too. What are we American voters supposed to do with a choice like these two? HELP!!

      1. You are never going to get a perfect candidate that meets everyones needs.

        When the choice is between someone who supports civil rights and someone who is a homophobic bully – the choice does not appear difficult.

  13. I agree with richardd: Once a bully, always a bully. There is no excuse for that kind of behavior at any age. The Republican Party should seriously reconsider whether they really want this bigoted man to carry their banner into the November election.

  14. So he cannot remember the incident?

    This means one of two things.

    1. The man is lying.
    2. He is suffering from some mental block, dementia or similar.

    Worrying for a man of just 65. Either way surely not fit to be President1

    1. The fact that he doesn’t remember means it wasn’t an isolated incident.

    2. Guys this was 40 years ago I know what you did when your where 20 and it was ……

      We need a bully with this Congress maybe they
      will get some work done

      1. In between denying minorities basic human rights… in the same article it was revealed that one of his other hi-larious ‘pranks’ was to deliberately get a blind teacher to walk into a door.
        Now he just dresses his thinly veiled contempt for minorities up with talk about “marriage is between one man and one woman”.

      2. You don’t need to be a bully to get work done. Bullies are insecure and lash out at others because of their own issues, so they’re one of the last people I’d want to be in power until they sorted themselves out.

      3. Paddyswurds 11 May 2012, 6:10pm

        …You Sir are an idiot. Bullying in any form and no matter how long ago must be condemned. You, i presume are aware of the number of young boys in the US who have been driven to suicide by bullies. You should hang your head in Shame.

      4. @bob

        Guys this was 40 years ago I know what you did when your where 20 and it was ……

        40 years, 40 months, 40 days or 40mins ago bullying is bullying and not acceptable. I was the victim of a bully because of my sexuality. The but the last laugh was mine as it turned out the father of the bully left his wife for another man.

    3. Ward and George in Hawaii 11 May 2012, 5:31pm

      I was involved in such an episode about 70 years go – it remains to this day vivid in my memory! One of the few “sins” of ;my life — were Paul alive today I would beg his forgiveness. Willful cruelty, hurtful and careless.

      I remember,

      Ward Stewart

  15. “but insisted that he didn’t know who was gay.”

    Oh phew, thank goodness, it’s all ok. It wasn’t homophobic bullying it was just plain old regular bullying. You know, the acceptable kind of bullying…

    WTF is wrong with these people?

    On what planet is cutting off someone’s hair “hijinks”?

    Ok people make mistakes when they’re younger but doesn’t even see what he’s done is wrong. 0_0;

  16. Once a homophobe, always a homophobe

  17. this doesn’t shock me for some reason. he’s an asshat, just like his douchey conservative buddies michele bachmann and rick santorum.

  18. Mormons are one of the biggest bullies pushing their space religion about some guy in a three piece suite who is a “prophet” today on earth who only god talks to and tells him what to tell his people to do, what a load of BS.

    1. Mormanism isn’t an Religion lol

      1. Paddyswurds 11 May 2012, 11:20am

        Almost anyone can invent a religion/cult in the US and register with the Taxman and get away with paying NO tax. That is why there is a “church” on almost every corner, especially in the south and mid west where this bullying idiot comes from.

    2. If I remember correctly the mormons believed aliens were going to come get them from the earth in the 1800’s and all the followers sold their possessions.

  19. Should apologise for being a Mormon, a Republican, and being anti-GLTBI everything!

    1. Apologizies are only good when the person saying them is sincere. Something old Mittins isn’t.

  20. Bullies always target (i) people who appear or act differently and (ii) people who don’t or can’t fight back, and when done publically won’t be defended by others. Thus many gay pupils, now as in the 1960’s, will immediately be on bullies’ radar whether the bully is homophobia or not. Bullies come in two varieties; those who gain pleasure from inflicting shame or pain on others (lone wolves), and those that desiring “comradship” from friends do these things to amuse their group (pack behaviour).

    Can bullies change their ways? I hope so, but it does in my mind imply basic character flaws, that if still present, imply these people should never ever be put in positions of power.

  21. That is the end of his political career. There is no reason or excuse for being a gay hater and it is only cowards that bully. Well done to the Washington Post.
    Next candidate please.

    1. “That is the end of his political career. ”

      Not in America it isn’t

    2. Wishful thinking on your part, I fear.

  22. Bullying is not okay. To allow one to be elected in running a nation, it sends out a wrong message to the bullied gay youth. Bullies always win, and that is not true. This grown up man should be ashamed of himself. I hope somebody else bully his son or daughter at school just for him to get a taste of his own medicine. Harsh but, the bullies have no mercy when it comes to pushing the oppressed ones to their breaking point.

    1. I wouldn’t wish that on his kids, we don’t really know them. However, it would be funny to see a big ole queen give mitt a whipping he wouldn’t soon forget.

  23. Peter & Michael 11 May 2012, 6:51am

    This man does not deserve to be a President, he should have been charged with assault at the time, pity the man he assaulted passed away in 2004. If this man gains the Presidency, the right wing of America will ensure the poor will be poorer.

    1. Paddyswurds 11 May 2012, 11:27am

      He never had a hope at any time, but the Repukelicans have no one else and they are relly scraping the bottom of the barrell with this moron. There is a big debate going on as to who they could put forward as his running mate for VP. The same happened in 2008 when the best the could manage was Kane and then had to scrabble about to find a VP and the best they could manage was the wonderful Sarah (lipstick Mom) Palin. Perhaps they could try the six pack guy….lol
      Frankly Obama could go on holiday for the next six months and still win, he has no competition.

      1. Paddyswurds 11 May 2012, 11:29am

        …..really, barrel,they, … … ..

        1. Paddyswurds 11 May 2012, 11:41am

          oops… The 2008 Repukelican candidate for President was John McCain not John Kane and his running mate was Sarah Palin…..

  24. I won’t judge a man for his stupid actions as a child particularly if he apologises for them. But I will judge him for his actions as a man and in the present. I don’t need to know he was a tit as a teenager to know he’s a man that would sell his own grandmother to get into power.

    1. Paddyswurds 11 May 2012, 11:32am

      ……..How is an eighteen year old a child? So you think a child should get away with bullying. Like, Really!!

      1. I’ve not read anywhere that he was 18 at the time…

        1. Paddyswurds 11 May 2012, 6:03pm

          Well read up on him then….

    2. Paddyswurds 11 May 2012, 11:39am

      oops… The2008 Repukelican candidate for President was John McCain Not John Kane…

  25. Bullying republican?
    well there’s a thing….

  26. Must be a pre-requisite to become part of the Republican Party. You can imagine the interviews

    “did you bully someone when you were younger”?
    “Welcome to the Republican Party”

    Pretty much all they are good for

  27. This specimen is an affluent white conservative politician with ambitions to be the most powerful man on earth, pretty bog-standard alpha-male territory. So I think I’d be more surprised to hear he wasn’t an obnoxious bully when he was at his expensive suburban boarding school in the Mid-West in the 1960s.

    1. Some of these bullies are learning what it means to get shot. You can bet there were many more instances of these types of actions from him, regardless of his age.

      1. Oh yes, there were – I know from personal experience. Their equivalents exist today too of course, but in some environments have to be a little more careful, outwardly at least. Let’s not forget though that sympathy for the underdog is the characteristic of only quite developed men – not ordinary ones, least of all ordinary and materially privileged ones.

    2. David Myers 12 May 2012, 8:04am

      And remember that this was an upper crust prep school and Romney was the son of that states sitting governor at the time. Priveleged, wealthy, upper crust snob is what he was.

  28. Suddenly Last Bummer 11 May 2012, 11:45am

    The only reason people are “in the closet” (his words) is because they are intimidated, harassed, bullied and frightened by tw@ts like Romney.

  29. He says he doesn’t remember the incident but pursuing a guy with a bunch of your bully friends and holding a guy down then cutting off his long blond hair isn’t really something you would be likely to forget. Also he says it definitely wasn’t because he thought the guy was homosexual so I guess he’s telling a double lie to cover up.
    Bullies when they are caught out eh!
    A bully for president? Nah! I don’t think so.

  30. Jock S. Trap 11 May 2012, 12:09pm

    No surprises there then…. typical…. and typical to think it wouldn’t come back to bite him in his republican ass!

    Vile man!

  31. But did he strap him to the roof of his car?

  32. So would any log-cabin Republicans out there care to put a positive spin on this one?
    Thus far they’ve been a bit conspicuous by their absence…
    Remember, this is the guy you’re pushing to represent you… just hoping you don’t have long hair.

    1. theGentleWarrior 11 May 2012, 7:17pm

      No I would not care to defend this, rather I condemn him for his actions (assault). Read my comments below

  33. Robert in S. Kensington 11 May 2012, 5:39pm

    I daresay we have enough of our own bullies among the Tory back benchers lately, bullying their own colleagues including Cameron into submission to their will to drop equal marriage. I bet many of them were bullies in school too.

    What is so sickening is that gay republicans will be voting for the bigot, a man who wants to invalidate same-sex marriage, ban it in every state, ban civil unions, domestic partnerships, anything that will make gay peoples’ lives a living hell. Evil!

  34. theGentleWarrior 11 May 2012, 7:11pm

    If the Romney’s apology was genuine, it would be in person to Mr Lauber’s family & Romney would now be generously funding organisations & charities that are trying to tackle school bullying, not trying to brush the indecent aside on FOX.

    He should be making public speeches at schools apologising for his actions, acknowledging the harm bullying causes and condemning bullying and bullies.
    And until he does this, I urge the said organisations &, victims & parent of children that have are bullied to come forth and publicly condemn him and demand actions such as I have outlined.

    1. A step in the right direction from a Log Cabin Republican, and in respect of this incident probably a good response.

      That does not mean log cabin republicans are absolved for some of their idiotic comments of recent days!

    2. David Myers 12 May 2012, 8:11am

      Exactly Grant. The Log Cabin Republicans have the nerve to criticize Obama on his support for equal marriage laws because he waited so long. Look to your own party. You should be congratulating him on taking this step and asking your party to support him on this. Instead we get petty political criticisms of him for not doing enough soon enough and nary a word of criticism for the Republican/tea-party’s hat-on for gays and lesbians nor for Romney’s anti-gay positions or all of the other gong show candidates for the nomination who seem to be in a contest to see who can be more judgemental and hateful of gay/lesbian citizens.

  35. theGentleWarrior 11 May 2012, 7:13pm

    Also some people are excusing his actions because he was young. Theft, hacking, vandalism, defamation I can excuse due to youth. But assault & battery, mugging, rape, or murder should not be excused by age, young or old, and should not have a statute of limitation.

    “Bullying”, “hijinks and pranks” these are euphemisms, what he did was;

    1. Forcedly hold down & restrain (that is assault bordering on false imprisonment) & cut his hair (while not a series injury, it’s still assault with harm).
    2. He is alleged to have chosen his victim because he was gay (that’s a hate-crime) and
    3. I would make a strong case that by using scissors, he carried out an Armed Assault.

    He apologised for his “hijinks and pranks” and he has not denied the incident. That’s as good as a confession for me.

    Where it not for a statute of limitations, The Massachusetts (that being the state where he was in school?) District Attorney should be issuing a warrant for Romney’s arrest today.

    1. I don’t share your view on many political issues.

      On this issue I agree with you almost entirely.

      As several people have already said on this comments page, there never is any justification for bullying.

      There certainly are aggravating factors in the assault that Romney appears to have perpetrated – forceable restraint, homophobic motivation and arguably being armed with a weapon at the time.

      I am not clear on Massachusetts law – does the statute of limitations extend to aggravated assault? Does the District Attorney not have some element of discretion in these matters?

      Romney appears to be unfit to serve in the office of President.

      1. theGentleWarrior 11 May 2012, 8:56pm

        Assault and Battery, has a limitation of 10 or 6 years (Depending on the facts of the case) c.f.

        But as I said, there should be no statute of limitation on assault & battery. And Romney should be negotiating bail right now

        1. No statute of limitations, unless you happen to be a candidate that theGentleWarrior really, really wants to vote for.

          I accuse you of practicing double standards. Tell me I am wrong. I will be happy to know it.

          1. theGentleWarrior 12 May 2012, 1:55am

            You are wrong. I made it I would support Romney being charged with armed assault and battery.

            Here’s a reminder “But as I said, there should be no statute of limitation on assault & battery. And Romney should be negotiating bail right now”

            What did you think stating that “Romney should be negotiating bail right now” implied.

    2. Massachusetts? Doesn’t it say he went to a school in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan?

      1. theGentleWarrior 11 May 2012, 10:29pm

        Well I had a question mark there as I wasn’t sure.

        So “where it not for a statute of limitations”, The Michigan District Attorney “should be issuing a warrant for Romney’s arrest today.”

      2. David Myers 12 May 2012, 8:16am

        It was Michigan because it took place during the time that Mitt Romney’s father, George Romney was the Governor of Michigan. So he was a spoiled rich kid, Governor’s son exercising his social status and bigotery on the most vulnerable target in the school. He also purposely led a blind student into a glass door – as a joke!

    3. theGentleWarrior 12 May 2012, 1:44pm

      And I forgot to say by taking the using scissors, this was a premeditated assault and cannot be excused by any kind of emotional state defence.

  36. it speaks ill of Romney’s character beyond the time of the incident. People who engage in bullying undergo a cognitive change that enables them to dismiss other people as worthless. They have short-circuited the normal mechanisms for empathy, and this can be an enduring cognitive change. This does not recommend him as presidential material- there is clealyma risk that he cannot be trusted to care about the people he is supposed to serve.
    Even George Bush had a better track record than this, having defended a fellow student in university who was being bullied for being gay.

    1. theGentleWarrior 11 May 2012, 10:27pm

      ‘Even’! President George W. Bush was a great President and is a great man.

      1. ?????????

      2. David Myers 12 May 2012, 8:18am

        Well, you lost me again!

  37. And yet these twats get elected year after year because the dumb pro-life, right-wing Christian American south keep voting them in.

  38. Reporting this one is a mistake, unless the reporters intention is to make Romney more popular. I’m afraid that these days, kind and honorable people are outnumbered.

    1. theGentleWarrior 12 May 2012, 1:51am

      you are an idiot. And about “these days” honourable people are outnumbered have always been outnumber.

  39. To say he never knew is crap and Richarrd i agree once a bully always a bully i hope this animal does not be come leader of the US.

  40. Hang on a minute, am I hearing this right? This man is reported to have bullied a lad (who was rumoured to be gay, no less), & wrote it off as ‘pranks’ (pranks, my foot!), and he wants to be President of the USA? What a great ambassador he’ll be for his country, I think not! I knew that Mormons were a bunch of homophobes anyway, but this takes the biscuit! I took a dislike to him as soon as I heard he was one, & disliked him even more when I read that he was an opponent of same-sex marriage. Let’s hope to goodness he doesn’t get elected, otherwise gay rights laws in the USA will be non-existent.

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