FLASHBACK: Every Horrible Controversy Mitt Romney Was Involved In When He Was The GOP Nominee

“He who is without sin, cast the first stone.”

 – Jesus 

The GOP candidate for President this cycle has become entangled in some rather alarming controversies. From blaming 9-11 on George W. Bush to attacking Gold Star parents to constant allegations of groping and mistreating women to sexualizing 10-year-olds.

The list goes on and on.

However, it will be sobering for the GOP base to remember that just last cycle, their champion Mitt Romney was also embroiled in some pretty horrific controversies.

1. Owning a Car Elevator.

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 24: (EDITORS NOTE: Retransmission with alternate crop.) Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) and his running mate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) talk on the tarmac before boarding their campaign planes at Denver International Airport on October 24, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. Mitt Romney is campaigning in Nevada, Iowa and Ohio. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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From the Politico article “Romney’s 4-car fantasy home“:

But it may not help Romney — whose wealth has caused him trouble connecting with average folks — to be seen building a split-level, four-vehicle garage that comes with a “car lift” to transport automobiles between floors, according to 2008 schematic plans for the renovation obtained by POLITICO that are on file with the city of San Diego.

2. Romney put the family dog on the roof of their car once, 25 years before running for President.

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: Members of the media gather around an English bull terrier named Petey during a small protest by a group called Dogs Against Romney outside of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on February 14, 2012 in New York City. The group is incensed that the GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney once confessed to placing his dog in a crate on top of the family car while driving to a vacation home. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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From the Washington Post article, “Mitt Romney’s dog-on-the-car-roof story still proves to be his critics’ best friend”:

It happened more than a quarter century ago, at the start of a Romney family summer vacation. But the tale of Seamus, the Irish setter who got sick while riding 12 hours on the roof of Mitt Romney’s faux-wood-paneled station wagon, is ballooning into a narrative of epic proportions.

It has come to characterize the candidate — and not in the favorable way Tagg Romney hoped for when he first talked in 2007 about his family’s annual road trips.

Late-night host David Letterman has been giving the dog near-nightly shout-outs. There are parody Web videos, “Dogs Aren’t Luggage” T-shirts and Facebook groups. (“Dogs Against Romney,” which protested outside last month’s Westminster dog show, has more than 38,000 Facebook fans.) The New Yorker featured a cartoon, with Rick Santorum riding in Romney’s rooftop dog carrier, on its cover last week. In the five years since the story was revealed, New York Times columnist Gail Collins has mentioned Seamus in at least 50 columns.

3. Romney’s wife had a horse in the Olympics.

Jan Ebeling of the US on Rafalca competes in Grand Prix Dressage event of the 2012 London Olympics at the Equestrian venue in Greenwich Park, London on August 7, 2012. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/GettyImages)
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Ann used riding horses to ease her suffering from the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis.

Ann Romney, husband of US Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, applauds her horse Rafalca ridden by Jan Ebeling of the US during the team Dressage final event of the 2012 London Olympics at the Equestrian venue in Greenwich Park, London on August 7, 2012. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/GettyImages)
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From the CNN article, “Observers: Romney Olympic horse could be political liability”:

Ann Romney began riding horses when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998 and has said the sport has helped lessen the symptoms of the inflammatory disease.

Still, the Romneys’ participation in the pricey prancing pony sport is causing conservatives consternation and liberals laughing fits. Both say the fussy filly is yet more proof that Romney, whose net worth is nearly $250 million, is out of touch with average voters.

4. Having momentary difficulty using a scanner while volunteering at a food bank.

A volunteer shows US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney the expiration date of donated food as he helps sort donations for victims of the recent Colorado wildfires during a tour of the Care and Share food bank in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on July 10, 2012 . AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GettyImages)
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From the article “A Scanner Moment Just Waiting To Happen: Romney in Retail Land”:

This photo of Romney in Retail Land wouldn’t be all that noteworthy except that Mitt has shown little interest in playing down his wealth. Now, I’m not saying I’d know where the barcode is either. (This shot is from a food bank in Colorado.) But then, I’m also not running for President of the United States. With his susceptibility to seeming out of touch, the picture draws Mitt dangerously close to George H. W. Bush territory.

5. Owning a binder full of women.

PENSACOLA, FL - OCTOBER 27: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign rally on October 27, 2012 in Pensacola, Florida. With less than two weeks before election day, Mitt Romney is campaigning in Florida. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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From the Daily Beast article, “Mitt Romney’s ‘Binders Full of Women’ Comment Sets Internet Ablaze”:

For me, the comment brought to mind Al Gore’s infamous “lockbox” comment from the debates, for which he was excoriated in numerous Saturday Night Live parody sketches, as well as the “Joy Book” from the HBO series Big Love—an actual book featured on the FLDS-focused show where pictures of frighteningly young girls who are considered marriageable are displayed. A truly awful (and admittedly tasteless) coincidence.

It’s even worse for Romney, however, when you consider that his “binders full of women” comment, arguably the debate’s most memorable line, reportedly is a lie.

6. Privatizing Big Bird.

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 03: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (L) speaks as Democratic presidential candidate, U.S. President Barack Obama (R) listens during the Presidential Debate at the University of Denver on October 3, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The first of four debates for the 2012 Election, three Presidential and one Vice Presidential, is moderated by PBS's Jim Lehrer and focuses on domestic issues: the economy, health care, and the role of government. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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According to the Washington Post article, “Big Bird in the Presidential Debate: Mitt Romney advocates cutting funding for Sesame Street, PBS”:

He said to moderator Jim Lehrer, who works for PBS: “I’m sorry, Jim. I’m going to the stop the subsidy to PBS. I’m going to stop other things. I like PBS. I love Big Bird. I actually like you, too. But I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for it.”
As Republican Mitt Romney pledged to cut funding to PBS — adding, “I like PBS, I love Big Bird” — commenters on Twitter leaped to the defense of their favorite “Sesame Street” characters. Big Bird was a major Twitter trend throughout the night, while Oscar the Grouch and Bert and Ernie also featured. Twitter said that shortly after Romney’s remarks, users were posting 17,000 tweets per minute mentioning Big Bird. A spoof Twitter account, @firedbigbird, quickly won thousands of followers, while others shared a jokey, doctored photo showing the character posing with a cardboard sign pleading for work.

7. Stating (correctly) that Russia is our enemy.

BOCA RATON, FL - OCTOBER 22: U.S. President Barack Obama (R) debates with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University on October 22, 2012 in Boca Raton, Florida. The focus for the final presidential debate before Election Day on November 6 is foreign policy. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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From the Federalist article, “5 Times Liberals Mocked Mitt Romney For Warning About Russia”:

In 2012, Democrats laughed at Mitt Romney’s assertion that Russia was America’s “number one geopolitical foe.” Four years later, members of the same party will probably want to eat their words in light of Russia’s apparent role in the Democratic National Committee hack — which resulted in more than 20,000 stolen emails getting published by Wikileaks, a “transparent Russian FSB operation.”

Officials with knowledge of the ongoing FBI investigation into the hack told CNN the breach is just one incident of many from Russia — which prominent Democrats laughingly dismissed as totally not our foe not so long ago.

8. Stating (correctly) that 47% of population does not pay taxes.

TOLEDO, OH - SEPTEMBER 26: Republican U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign rally at SeaGate Convention Centre as a national debt clock runs in the background on September 26, 2012 in Toledo, Ohio. Romney continued his two-day "Romney Plan For A Stronger Middle Class" bus tour in the state of Ohio. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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From the Politifact article, “Mitt Romney says 47 percent of Americans pay no income tax”:

As for his claim that 47 percent of Americans pay no income tax at all: Guess what? He’s right.

9. Wearing Mormon “magical” underwear

IN FLIGHT, OH - NOVEMBER 02: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney sits aboard his campaign plane on November 2, 2012 en route to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. With less than one week to go before election day, Mitt Romney is campaigning in Wisconsin and Ohio. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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From the BuzzFeed article, “A Brief Guide To ‘Mormon Underwear'”:

From the start of Romney’s career as a public figure—and, in many ways, well before then—the special undergarment worn by many observant Mormon men and women has been a point of political curiosity, debate, and derision. While provocateurs and bloggers make jokes about “magic Mormon undies,” anti-Mormons try to cast the garment as something more sinister—a bizarre symbol of its wearers’ fealty to a scary, secretive cult.

10. Being a “bully” in school.

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MAY 15: Mitt Romney and Evander Holyfield meet at center ring before a charity boxing event on May 15, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah.The event was held to raise money for "Charity Vision" a charity that aims to restore sight to the blind and visually impaired. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
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From the Washington Post article, “Mitt Romney’s prep school classmates recall pranks, but also troubling incidents”:

“He can’t look like that. That’s wrong. Just look at him!” an incensed Romney told Matthew Friedemann, his close friend in the Stevens Hall dorm, according to Friedemann’s recollection. Mitt, the teenage son of Michigan Gov. George Romney, kept complaining about Lauber’s look, Friedemann recalled.

A few days later, Friedemann entered Stevens Hall off the school’s collegiate quad to find Romney marching out of his own room ahead of a prep school posse shouting about their plan to cut Lauber’s hair. Friedemann followed them to a nearby room where they came upon Lauber, tackled him and pinned him to the ground. As Lauber, his eyes filling with tears, screamed for help, Romney repeatedly clipped his hair with a pair of scissors.

11. Making this face once:

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney gestures beside his wife Ann following the third and final presidential debate with US President Barack Obama at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, October 22, 2012. The showdown focusing on foreign policy is being held in the crucial toss-up state of Florida just 15 days before the election and promises to be among the most watched 90 minutes of the entire 2012 campaign. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

12. Being 67 but having the body of a 27-year-old

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MAY 15: Mitt Romney shows off his boxing belt after a fight with Evander Holyfield during a charity boxing event on May 15, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The event was held to raise money for "Charity Vision" a charity that aims to restore sight to the blind and visually impaired. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
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Take that, you RINO Cucks.

DOSWELL, VA - NOVEMBER 01: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney holds a baby during a campaign event at Meadow Event Park on November 1, 2012 in Doswell, Virginia. With less than one week to go until election day, Romney is campaigning in Virginia. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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