GOP lawmaker rants getting rid of higher education would ‘save America’

16 September 2020

Tennessee GOP State Senator Kerry Roberts. (Image: YouTube / screenshot)

Tennessee GOP State Senator Kerry Roberts has ranted that to “save America” there should be an end put to higher education because it is a “liberal breeding ground”.

The Hill reported:

A Tennessee state GOP lawmaker has called for getting rid of the entire higher education system, asserting that such a move would “save America.”

State Sen. Kerry Roberts made the remarks while speaking on his conservative talk radio show. He addressed his problems with the higher education system while discussing a recent legislative hearing focused on abortion legislation.

Roberts suggested on his radio show putting an end to higher education, declaring:

…If there’s one thing that we can do to save America today, it is to get rid of our institutions of higher education right now, and cut the liberal breeding ground off! Good grief! The stupid stuff that our kids are being taught is absolutely ridiculous, and this is a woman who’s a product of higher education. She’s learned all of this stuff that flies in the face of what we stand for as a country!

And here we are as legislators paying for this garbage to be taught to our children, and we’re not doing anything about it. And all these red states across America, we let it exist, and it’s absolutely unbelievable. And this is the price that we pay: the murder of over half a million innocent lives every year, with people sitting there, justifying it to their last breath.

The remarks went unnoticed until the political website The Tennessee Holler reported them.

Roberts later said it should have been obvious that he was joking when he suggested that higher education be abolished because it’s a “liberal breeding ground”.

A 2019 Pew Research Center poll has shown that 59 percent of Republicans hold negative views of higher education today, compared to 37 percent in 2012; and Republicans who had a great deal of confidence in America’s higher education institutions fell from 56 percent in 2015 to 39 percent in 2018.

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