Romney apologizes for bullying and pranks in high school. Do you find it refreshing that he was honest?
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
Still, Romney said he was "not going to be too concerned" about the
item. He insisted that he grew up in a tolerant environment and that
there was nothing about his pranks that were discriminatory towards
"The people involved didn't come out of the closet until years
later," he noted. "The idea that this is something that was known by me
... is obviously absurd. I had no idea that this person might have been
“I don’t remember that incident and I’ll tell you I certainly don’t
believe that I, I can’t speak for other people of course, thought the
fellow was homosexual," he said earlier in the interview. "That was the
furthest thing from my mind back in the 1960s, so that was not the case.
But as to pranks that were played back then, I don’t remember them all,
but again, high school days, if I did stupid things, why I’m afraid I
got to say sorry for it.”
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