Kerry Roberts, a Tennessee lawmaker stated last week that he fully supports getting rid of higher education in the U.S. He stated that he believes that it would help the nation get rid of a “liberal breeding grounds.”
On September 2, State Sen. Kerry Roberts, a Republican, made the comments during the recording of his radio talk show. Roberts was discussing a state legislative debate, during which Tennessee lawmakers discussed the possibility of passing a strict ban on abortions.
Roberts then shared his thoughts on a number of issues surrounding the debate, including an activist who protested to protect abortions in Tennessee. He then went on to suggest that the activist’s beliefs may have been influenced by her college education.
“If there’s one thing that we can do to save America today, it’s to get rid of our institutions of higher education right now and cut the liberal breeding ground off! Good grief! Roberts said.
Roberts, voted earlier this year on a state budget that would fund public colleges with state tax dollars. He would later comment that his comments were meant as a joke.
On Monday, Roberts made a Facebook post that addressed his comments along with a screenshot of the dictionary definition of the word Hyperbole.
“Today’s word is hyperbole. A week ago, I went on a rant on The Kerry Roberts Show calling out higher education as a liberal breeding ground and calling for its elimination. My listeners clearly understood the humor and hyperbole of it. That was a week ago. But today, it’s a news story. “Tennessee Lawmaker Calls For Elimination of Higher Education” the headline screams! That’s hyperbole, too. So the word for today is hyperbole. Knowing the definition is knowledge. Knowing when it exists is understanding. It’s a good word to know and an even a better word to understand…including reporters who have a degree from an institute of higher education. The word for tomorrow is patience…as in giving someone time to respond to your question before filing a story. Class dismissed.
On Tuesday, Roberts, 57, released another statement emphasizing hyperbolic nature of his comments, however, he then stood by some of his claims.
“Many higher education institutions have unquestionably become liberal breeding grounds where radical values and hatred for America are fomented,” Roberts said.
Roberts, from Springfield, Tenn., is graduate of Lipscomb University. He has a Bachelor of Science.
“Conservative parents are often spending (or borrowing) tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars to participate in an elaborate bait and switch,” he also said in Tuesday’s statement. “They sign up their children for education and advancement and instead receive intimidation and indoctrination.”