Phillip Maxwell, a childhood pal of the GOP’s presumptive nominee, recently claimed he helped hold a crying fellow student down at Michigan’s Cranbrook School over 40 years ago, while 16 year old Willard Mitt Romney cut the boy’s bleach blond hair against his will. Maxwell, who considers himself an old friend of Romney, has claimed that the memory of the incident has haunted him ever since. One could reasonably assume, had a modern teenager performed the same act today, he would be arrested for assault, even charged with a hate crime. When asked about the incident, the presumptive Republican nominee laughed, apologized, claimed not to remember, and then denied the incident occurred all in the same response.
Flash forward to the man who wants to be your president today, in fact, engaged in spending obscene amounts of money in a bid for the GOP’s nomination for the second time. He was just a prankster, a fun loving scamp, besides, people can change, especially after four decades Romney supporters claim. Really. In my experience, some bullies never grow out of it. Nonetheless, let’s take a look at the comments he makes. I think they more than serve to illustrate that he is still an entitled, insensitive and unsympathetic person who lies and changes position with the greatest of ease:
- “I saw my father march with Martin Luther King.” The Romney campaign later admitted that they didn’t march on the same day, or in the same city. Lying like a rug there, not exactly something one would be confused about!
- “PETA is not happy that my dog likes fresh air.” –on strapping his dog to the top of the car. Willard sure is a dab hand at jokes, yes?
- “I purchased a gun when I was a young man. I’ve been a hunter pretty much all my life.” The Romney campaign later said he’d been hunting twice, once when he was 15, and again in 2006 at a Republican fundraiser. Willard, never one to let the truth get in the way of a good sound byte–’Twice” just means ‘all’ of your life in Romney-speak, apparently.
- “My sons are all adults and they’ve made decisions about their careers and they’ve chosen not to serve in the military and active duty and I respect their decision in that regard. One of the ways my sons are showing support for our nation is helping me get elected because they think I’d be a great president.” But, it is just dandy for YOUR sons to die in defense of America. HIS sons are busy doing important work.
- On income inequality: “I think it’s fine to talk about those things in quiet rooms and discussions about tax policy and the like. But the President has made it part of his campaign rally. Everywhere he goes we hear him talking about millionaires and billionaires and executives and Wall Street. It’s a very envy-oriented, attack-oriented approach and I think it will fail.”
- In February 2012, he told CNN’s Soledad O’Brien that he was “not concerned about the very poor” in the U.S. He went on to explain he wasn’t concerned about the poor because there are “safety nets” to protect them.
Do you remember the kid who enjoyed terrorizing other children in school? Did you know one person that would hurt or humiliate with pleasure, any unfortunate soul who they met who was different from the rest, be it shape, size, color or orientation? Picture that person in your mind’s eye. Now ask yourself; Would you trust that person to make decisions affecting your finances, freedom and the health of your country?