On his radio show last week, Tennessee State Senator Kerry Roberts (Republican, naturally) called for abolishing higher education because it would cut off the “liberal breeding ground.”
Senator Kerry Roberts made the comment while discussing Cherisse Scott, the CEO of Memphis-based reproductive advocacy group Sister Reach, and her appearance at the Senate Judiciary Committee last month to speak out against Senate bill 1236, which would implement an almost complete ban of abortions in Tennessee.
Scott, who was the only black woman to speak out against the bill at the hearing, was cut off by Senate Judiciary Chair Mike Bell when she started talking about abortion in terms of race and white supremacy.
“You manipulated biblical scriptures to align with your colonialist, supremacist ideologies instead of showing mercy and using the power of your political party,” Scott said, reported Fox 13.
Roberts’ wing nuttery went unnoticed until The Associated Press published an article yesterday. He has now walked back his comments and claimed it was all a joke.
On Facebook, Roberts posted the following:
According to NBC, Roberts’ wing nuttery could indeed be a “joke” since his legislative record shows he “co-sponsored a measure to develop a statewide master plan to foster ‘strategic future development of public universities, community colleges and colleges of applied technology.'”