Is America Really Going to Elect a Bully Like Mitt Romney?
“Do you like that, faggot?” he asked, waving the hotdog wiener in my face. “Come on, you know you like it.”
I awkwardly tried to avert my eyes and focused instead on my lunch tray. I had been through this many times before. This was the drill. Just ignore him and he’ll lose interest and go away. Don’t acknowledge him, don’t even look at him…
Then I felt the cold, wet slap of a hotdog wiener across my face.
“I’m talking to you faggot!” he said.
I wiped my face with my napkin and continued to look down at my food.
It wouldn’t do any good to fight back. He was three times bigger than me and the rest of the school would no doubt be on his side if I tried to defend myself. I was a slightly effeminate, nerdy kid in a small town in Oklahoma. Teachers didn’t even like me, much less the students.
No, the best plan of action was to try to not call attention to myself and just keep looking down at my stupid lunch tray.
“I thought you liked wieners!” he said, him being the persistent prick he was. “What’s wrong? You don’t like my wiener?”
My experiences with bullying stick with me to this day. They still haunt me, and unfortunately, they left me with quite a few issues to work out.
But there was some poetic justice for me. I went to college, came out of the closet, became fabulous, and my bullies are probably creeping on my Facebook right now and crying and trying to call me to apologize but they can’t because I changed my number. At least, in my mind, that’s what’s up.
Of course, not every victim is so lucky. While my bullies are busy being non-factors, I know one bully who apparently never had to answer for his crimes… and he’s running for president of the United States.
While in prep school, Mitt Romney orchestrated an attack on an openly gay classmate. Romney and his cohorts pinned a student named John Lauber to the ground and cut his hair off. Lauber had apparently returned from spring break with long, blond hair over one eye.
Romney, during the act, said things like “he can’t look like that!” and “that’s wrong!”
Lauber according to eye-witness reports, only cried and screamed.
And that’s not all. Romney also harassed a closeted student named Gary Hummel by yelling out “atta girl!” every time Hummel answered a question in class.
John Lauber has since passed away, and it doesn’t seem like Romney ever apologized or even regretted harassing him. I mean, unless you count what he told Fox News about the incident:
“I don’t remember that.”
His classmates, however, seem to remember. Fiver other students gave their account of what happened, and all agreed that the incident still troubles them to this day.
I can only imagine what it would be like for Lauber if he was still alive. I think about how I would feel if one of my bullies ever became a viable candidate for president of the United States. What a scary thought.
There are some who dismiss this as a prank - but let’s be clear, bullying is a serious issue, and it is a tactic employed by weak-minded and insecure to feel bigger than someone else and better about themselves.
How would you feel if someone who had tormented you was running for such an esteemed and respected office? How would you feel if it had been your child that was pinned down and attacked?
…And Romney wants to pretend like this issue is irrelevant?
In a time when LGBT youth are killing themselves because of bullying, how exactly is this irrelevant?
Let me tell you something. Mitt Romney is no different from the guy who called me a faggot in the lunch room and hit me with his slimy, wet wiener.
Okay, that was gross. But you understand.
The only difference is that Romney is a grown up now and is expressing his hatred for people who are different in other ways - check his stance on same-sex marriage, for example.
So now we know the truth - Mitt Romney is a bully. So now my question for you is… what are you going to do about it? Are you just going to sit there looking at your lunch tray hoping that he just goes away, or are you going to get up and vote in November?
I don’t know about you, but I won’t be voting for a bully. I hope you’ll share this if you feel the same.