Tagg Romney: They messed with the wrong people
April 16th, 2013
08:29 AM ET
7 years ago

Tagg Romney: They messed with the wrong people

(CNN) – The perpetrator of Monday's terror bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon "messed with the wrong people," Tagg Romney asserted in an interview Tuesday.

"It's such a cowardly act, whoever did this," said Romney, the oldest son of 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. "Then you see the warmth of the first responders, and the people around who rushed to the scene. Such a contrast to their bravery. It just really is a family event. And it's the best of Boston. It's wonderful to see how people have been responding and how people are pulling together."

Romney said he was at Fenway Park with his children watching the Red Sox, and had hopped in a cab moments before the duel explosions which left three dead and scores injured.

"It's such a horrifying and sickening event and it's so sad for the city," he said on CNN's "Starting Point."

A point of light, he said, is that "Bostonians are resilient."

"They're going to come together," he continued. "They messed with the wrong people. There's going to be a period of grief, I'm sure there will be some anger. And we're going to want to figure out how to keep this from happening again. Not just here but all over the country."

Tagg Romney, who lives in in the metro Boston area, was a key adviser to his father during last year's presidential campaign. He's the founder of Solamere Capital, a Boston-based investment firm.

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soundoff (93 Responses)
  1. kathy/Minnesota

    Sooo, Tagg which "WRONG PEOPLE" the 47% or the ones your dad really cares about?..."GO AWAY"

    April 16, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  2. mrzntejas

    Let’s just look at these fighting Romneys. First, Willard’s granddad fled to Mexico because he did not like the laws of these United States because he wanted to keep his 5 wives. Then Willard’s dad was born in Mexico, while Willard’s granddad was still hiding from the American laws. The same laws which are protected by our brave men and women, who fight for these freedoms we Americans, hold so dearly. By the time Willard’s dad came of age to register for the draft in America, there also was new legislation passed that gave Mormons a way to dodge from serving in the military. So here comes Willard’s dad back to America because now he was protected from the means of war and it was during war time. Well then along comes Willard and the apple does not fall far from the tree. While our men and women were dying in Viet Nam, Willard was drawing love notes in the sand in France.

    April 16, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  3. james

    tagg romney and his ugly face needs to crawl back into waterever sewer he came out of. the election was over in 2012, get over it.

    April 16, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  4. Minnesotan

    Ugh. Another Romney with his foot in his mouth. Please, Romney family, go away. Perhaps the Bush family can give you some pointers on hiding your face and crawling under a rock for the betterment of America.

    April 16, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  5. fsjunkie

    Time to see how low our politicians have sunk. There is no doubt in my mind that there is a discussion going on about how to "Benghazi-gate" this tragedy for political game. I think i'll probably literally vomit when I see it unfold.

    April 16, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  6. Oneanddone

    O yea and he speaks out about this because he happens to live in Boston so it hit close to home and sorry but first responders wouldn't be in the 47% because I assume they pay taxes and are not reliant on government welfare checks. I don't believe what Romney said was right but twisting it to fit your point doesn't make you look any smarter than him.

    April 16, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  7. Publius Novus

    "They messed with the wrong people." And the right people to kill and maim with IEDs would be whom?

    April 16, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  8. gregor1971

    Nobody seems to recall Obama's cowardly acts, such as when in high school he ran over and shoved an unsuspecting girl to the ground to prove to his friends that he did not have a crush on her. The girl was bewildered, shaken and suffered some minor scrapes as a result. It's a well-documented story, but it's okay when you are the Obama.

    April 16, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  9. Retired Navy Vet

    Please Stop!! Can't you folks please stop hating in the name of politics for just a moment!! There were inocent men, women and children horribly maimed and killed.Please show some compassion and respect and set aside your hate.

    April 16, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  10. mgctampa

    Tagg said what??? who cares and why is this a story? Is he important to anyone but mitt and ann? I think not!!

    April 16, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  11. gregor1971

    Obama has used the phrase "messed with the wrong people" before. Why are people here quick to jump on Tagg, a well-known Bostonian, when their hero-president has used the same language in similar contexts?

    April 16, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  12. Stormy

    Nice to see that great American hatred and immaturity still in full effect.

    April 16, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "They messed with the wrong people."
    You are pitting people against each other Tagg without having the necessary information to do so.
    Very irresponsible of you.
    Who's "THEY"? You are appealing to fear and hatred, the baser instincts, when it could very well have been yet another deranged American, our very own domestic terrorist. It's not like it would be the first time, Tagg.

    April 16, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. Dave Harris

    Just who is this guy, and why should anybody care what he says?

    April 16, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  15. Step out of the Bubble


    George W. Bush kept the country safe after 9/11.


    Too bad he didn't keep the country safe ON 9/11

    April 16, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  16. mark

    What??? Messed with the wrong people? Why? Is there such a thing as "messed with the right people?" An act of evil against innocent civilians is WRONG wherever they are on this planet! Plain and simple.

    April 16, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  17. Mr. Moderate

    @apetra – Bush does not get a mulligan on 9/11. The deadliest attack on US soil occurred on his watch despite warnings outlining the plan of attack.

    Yes elections do have consequences and since we no longer have someone waging unjustified wars to avenge daddy, we are safer an no longer radicalizing our enemies.

    April 16, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  18. Eli

    @Ann...there is a difference between not serving in the military as a career choice and actively dodging a draft. Obama wasn't old enough to serve in Vietnam. Romney and George W. were and found ways to slink out of their obligations as citizens. That is why it is an issue. If you want to compare apples to apples, perhaps you should invoke Bill Clinton instead. Remember how all the Republicans derided him as a draft dodger, but then didn't care about the issue when Bush Jr. and Romney became their poster boys?

    April 16, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  19. Brian Smith

    LOL, and who is "they"? Perhaps 'they' are the NRA showing once again that guns don't kill people, bombs kill people.
    Or perhaps it was done by the GOP itself to generate more backing for anti terrorism and homeland security and department of defense. Go figure. In any case, Tagg Romney is too stupid to comment on this. "They" got away with Benghazi, "They" will get away with this – they messed with exactly who deserved it the most. Our arrogance and provocations make us the #1 target available.

    April 16, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  20. Bob

    "Why are people here quick to jump on Tagg"

    Because he is a coward, just like his father.

    Mitt protested in favor of the draft, then ran to France to avoid it.

    COWARDS, all of them.

    April 16, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  21. Lisa Showvison

    @Ann.. REALLY can you come up with something Different.. And By the Way PRESIDENT (a word that will never be linked to ROMNEY) Obama did not and let me repeat

    April 16, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  22. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Inspite of the negative comments here, I would like to commend Tagg Romney for his supportive and encouraging words in this time of national tragedy and grief. I believe we are politicians second and Americans first and whenever our sovereignty and way of life is threatened, it is very important that all Americans come together in solidarity to convey to the terrorists and the world that we are united and that regardless of the situation at hand, our spirit and resolve will remain strong. Yesterday I was heatbroken and appalled to read all the negative, divisive and hateful comments being posted by conservatives in the middle of this heinous tragedy.

    Following the 9/11 attacks on our country, I stood on the banks of the Hudson in disbelief and I weeped as millions of Americans did and for many of us, life will never be the same since that dreadful September morning in our nation. I also remembered how angered Americans said they felt when the Palestinians and other Middle Easterners danced in the streets and cheered as the Twin Towers collapsed and the Pentagin went up in flames. Well, what I saw yesterday on the social mrdia was a bunch of low life deceitful shameless unpatriotic un-Americans doing the same and rejoicing over the deaths and carnage of their own citizens. But I know we will overcome this heinous tragedy just as we have overcome past tragedies and again, kudos to Mr. Tagg Romney...America needs more people like you Sir. Thank you and God bless!

    April 16, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  23. Pam from Iowa

    and Tagg's comments are newsworthy because....?????????

    April 16, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  24. sonny chapman

    Hey Eli, didn't you know that what is considered a Mortal Sin by a Dem. is called a "youthful indiscretion" when committed by a Frat Boy Repub.

    April 16, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  25. pliny

    Ann. People are dead.

    Get some perspective.

    Until then, shut your hole.

    April 16, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
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