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Thu May 10, 2012, 08:46 AM

Gillespie: Romney ‘Doesn’t Remember’ Bullying Incidents In Post Report

Gillespie: Romney ‘Doesn’t Remember’ Bullying Incidents In Post Report

Senior Romney adviser Ed Gillespie responded to a Washington Post story that details how Romney led an incident of bullying while he was a student at the elite Cranbrook school, on MSNBC Thursday morning.

“Gov. Romney doesn’t remember that at all. It was in high school. I suppose if there was an investigative team that went through my high school yearbook, they could find some incidents that I don’t remember that if I did remember I might not like,” Gillespie said, adding that those who know Romney “know that he is a caring, compassionate person” and “that has been evidenced in his career.”

Does Gillespie find it troubling?

I’m not challenging it. I don’t know enough about it. It’s a story about pranks in high school and that kind of thing. Like I said, if someone went back to my high school, I’m sure they could turn up things that I don’t remember and even if i did, I would not like that I had done that.

http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entries/gillespie-comments-on-romney-bullying-incident

Wash Post article - Romney was an anti-gay bully in High School - assaulted gay student
http://www.democraticunderground.com/1002668805

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Reply Gillespie: Romney ‘Doesn’t Remember’ Bullying Incidents In Post Report (Original post)
ProSense May 2012 OP
Scuba May 2012 #1
sinkingfeeling May 2012 #2
surrealAmerican May 2012 #13
Arkansas Granny May 2012 #14
KurtNYC May 2012 #22
FSogol May 2012 #3
ret5hd May 2012 #4
WI_DEM May 2012 #5
annabanana May 2012 #6
coalition_unwilling May 2012 #7
coalition_unwilling May 2012 #8
maddezmom May 2012 #9
sgsmith May 2012 #10
Tikki May 2012 #12
backscatter712 May 2012 #11
malaise May 2012 #15
George A May 2012 #16
redqueen May 2012 #17
Skinner May 2012 #18
Ishoutandscream2 May 2012 #20
madmom May 2012 #19
KurtNYC May 2012 #21
Rose Siding May 2012 #23
Scurrilous May 2012 #24
Cali_Democrat May 2012 #25
demgrrrll May 2012 #26

Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu May 10, 2012, 08:50 AM

1. So Gillespie was a prick too. At least he admits it.

 

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu May 10, 2012, 08:51 AM

2. Who wants a president who can't recall what he did in high school? It's only

been 30-some years ago.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #2)

Thu May 10, 2012, 09:40 AM

13. more like 40-some ...

... Romney is older than he looks.

He probably bullied other kids every day. Why would he remember this one?

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Response to surrealAmerican (Reply #13)

Thu May 10, 2012, 09:45 AM

14. Yes. 30 years, 40 years? It doesn't matter. An incident like that should stick in your mind for

as long as you live. Romney is either lying about not remembering or incidents like this were so commonplace to him that he can't recall any one of them in particular.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #14)

Thu May 10, 2012, 10:31 AM

22. Perhaps asking Romney to remember assaulting a teen with scissors is like

asking Colonel Sanders about "that one chicken".

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu May 10, 2012, 08:51 AM

3. He bullied too many people to remember that incident?

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu May 10, 2012, 08:51 AM

4. How could you forget such an incident? Well, ...

either the multiple witnesses are lying, or

bullying incidents like this were so common to Rmoney that he simply can't be expected to remember each and every one of them.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu May 10, 2012, 08:52 AM

5. can't remember holding somebody down and shaving their head? Give me a break!

pranks? right.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu May 10, 2012, 09:08 AM

6. How conve-e-e-e-enient. . . . .n/t

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu May 10, 2012, 09:11 AM

7. Fucking asshole. Make that "assholes" (Romney and Gillespie) - n/t

 

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu May 10, 2012, 09:13 AM

8. Romney committed a 'hate crime.' Were it not for the statute

 

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of limitations and prohibition on ex post facto laws, Romney could be charged with felony assault.

And Gillespie isn't 'troubled'?

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu May 10, 2012, 09:14 AM

9. pranks, just having a bit of fun

where have we heard that before?

Rush Limbaugh said that what happened was no worse than a fraternity prank-that soldiers were just having a little fun. His message was that these prisoners had it coming to them. (Never mind that the famously hooded prisoner, hooked up to the electric wires, was actually under arrest for carjacking, not terrorism. Never mind that these same conservatives pundits want to put film-makers in jail for showing nudity on the public airwaves, but forcing naked Iraqis to perform sexual acts on film is just some good old American fun.)


http://voices.yahoo.com/the-legacy-abu-ghraib-was-really-torture-74711.html

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu May 10, 2012, 09:17 AM

10. As described, wouldn't this be assault and battery?

 

And not a prank?

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Response to sgsmith (Reply #10)

Thu May 10, 2012, 09:20 AM

12. Absolutely....



Tikki

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu May 10, 2012, 09:18 AM

11. Ah, the Gonzales Defense!

Can't say I'm surprised.

Better get ready to keep tally marks. How many times will Mitt have said "I don't recall" after this thing completely blows up?

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu May 10, 2012, 09:47 AM

15. Willard Rmoney is an entitled prick

It has always been about him - why would he remember anything about anyone if it isn't about him and his money

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu May 10, 2012, 09:48 AM

16. Gillespie: Romney ‘Doesn’t Remember’ Bullying Incidents In Post Report

I very much agree with your point of view,thumbs down

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu May 10, 2012, 09:55 AM

17. Assault is not a prank.

I'm so sick of abuse and harassment being minimized by bullies.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu May 10, 2012, 09:57 AM

18. I think this response speaks to Mitt Romney's character, almost as much as the incident itself.

I have no doubt that Romney remembers this incident. You don't forget something like this. This is a truly awful, gut wrenching story. The fact that he won't own up to it indicates that he is either deeply ashamed of it, or he is a cold-hearted asshole.

If he had any guts, if he had any human decency, he would admit that he did it and express how ashamed he is. But he didn't because he is a coward and a bully.

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Response to Skinner (Reply #18)

Thu May 10, 2012, 10:14 AM

20. +1. He very possibly could have gotten away

with the "I was young" line if he came out and sincerely apologized and showed regret for the incident. He is once again taking the coward's way out.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu May 10, 2012, 10:11 AM

19. But a small child eating what his parent puts in front of him (dog?) now that's BIG news!

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu May 10, 2012, 10:28 AM

21. It wasn't "high school" -- it was "upper school" at exclusive prep school

Let's not normalize Romney just because we don't usually speak his 1%-er language:

"Romney was a bully while in Upper School; assaulted perceived gay student with scissors"

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu May 10, 2012, 10:38 AM

23. Hey, Ed. Is it a prank if it someone held down your kid and cut his hair?

Republicans have NO capacity for empathy.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu May 10, 2012, 10:56 AM

24. Of course not...

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu May 10, 2012, 02:48 PM

25. This isn't just about "pranks"

 

It's about the assault of another student because of his perceived sexual orientation. Someone capable of such an act should not be President of the United States.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu May 10, 2012, 04:45 PM

26. My mother told me yesterday that there is just something unsettling about Romney. She has a great

radar for people. This is it. This defines him. People who have this mind set do like to fire people and don't care who they hurt as long as they get what they want and no one in their immediate environment is threatening their notions of how the world should operate. This man should not get anywhere near the White House. Romney remembers pinning that person and cutting his hair. Bet on it.

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