Let’s be fair here.
This is a story about someone who showed no empathy for the suffering of someone he went to high school with. But that was a long time ago. No one doubts his empathy now.
This is a story about someone who, when taunting a high school classmate, called him a “girl”. But that was a long time ago. No one doubts his respect for women now.
This is a story about someone who said he did not “recall” doing something terrible. Now he’s a Republican running for president. No one would claim that a Republican President would ever say he did not “recall” when asked if he did something terrible.
This is a story about someone who says he did not taunt someone because “the fellow was homosexual” as that was “the furthest thing from my mind back in the 1960s”. But come on! No one would claim there were homosexuals in the 1960s.
Probably he was just demonstrating his opposition to conformism by thrashing a long-haired hippie. And mark you, no one doubts he thought it was a heterosexual long-haired hippie. That’s different, amirite? Up top, dawg!
Most kids at an elite prep school in 1965 had long hair. Practically no one at a school like that had military crewcuts, and certainly young men were not punished for growing their hair longer. People with short haircuts and matching school ties, in fact, were the real minority back then. Obviously, since he knows this, no one would doubt his respect for the plight of minorities today, and no one would doubt his appreciation for diversity.
Let’s be fair here. We shouldn’t judge people for who they were in high school. We should judge them for who they are now.