An article in The Washington Post last week outed Mitt Romney, the likely Republican presidential nominee, as a bully in high school who once targeted a presumed gay classmate. Romney has said he does not remember the incident, but he added that they used to play pranks at his prep school that may have gone too far.
Despite Romney’s poor record on LGBT issues along with the anti-gay bullying allegations, Fox News political analyst Brit Hume called the Washington Post story “ridiculous” on Fox News Sunday, and the Wall Street Journal’s editorial page editor Paul Gigot declared that the bullying claims would have no effect politically.
PAUL GIGOT: He was a leader of the prankster group. So what? And this is the only anecdote I think they found that was kind of edgy. [...] I think in terms of politics, if this is the worst thing that the American people find out about Mitt Romney in the next five months, he is going to be a very happy man.
Along with Romney’s record, it’s not hard to find other incidents of LGBT bullying from Romney’s close staff. Romney campaign senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom outed a transgender woman in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, effectively ending her political career, when he was a reporter for the Boston Herald.