Ann Romney says there’s a misconception that her husband is a stiffly stifferson. “There’s a wild and crazy man inside of there,” she told CBS This Morning. Mrs. Romney reminisced about her high school sweetheart playing jokes but didn’t go into detail for good reason. Mitt Romney was the high school bully from hell, according to the Washington Post.
During his senior year at Cranbrook School, Romney and his friends forcibly cut the hair of their classmate, John Lauber. “It started out as ribbing, sort of a pointed ribbing about his hair, but it very quickly became an assault, and he was taken down to the ground, pinned,” said Phillip Maxwell. “It all happened very quickly — it was like a pack of dogs.”
Lauber had long bleached-blond hair and was targeted for his perceived homosexuality. “He can’t look like that,” Romney reportedly told Matthew Friedemann. “That’s wrong. Just look at him!”
While his friends deeply regret the incident, Romney says he has no recollection of it and laughed off the whole thing as youthful indiscretion. “I participated in a lot of high jinks and pranks during high school and some might have gone too far,” he halfheartedly apologized on Fox News.
Romney’s idea of what constitutes a prank is eerily reminiscent of an old Saturday Night Live skit in which Christopher Walken and Robert De Niro prank their victims to death.