In the wake of Trump's victory over Hillary, colleges and universities across our nation have been rushing to comfort grief-stricken students with coloring books, counseling sessions, Play-Doh, therapy dogs, healing spaces, and cry-ins.
In response, a Republican Iowa state representative developed a two-pronged "Suck It Up, Buttercup" bill to keep taxpayer money from being used in that manner and to curb protests that block roadways. In a Fox News interview Wednesday, Rep. Bobby Kaufmann lit into state campuses that are coddling "snowflakes."
Kaufmann explained, "The bill was inspired by what I saw across the nation, where I saw schools with rising, skyrocketing tuition costs were also finding new monies and expenditures for things such as cry rooms. I was hearing reports of rooms where you could play with Play-Doh and you could color on books and talk about your feelings. And I was even hearing reports of some schools that were bringing in ponies to be able to get students through the election."
And then he said, "For me that's a waste of taxpayer dollar, and that also doesn't prepare kids for life, because in life, there's winners and losers. And in life when your car breaks down or your kids get sick or you have to take a second job to pay your mortgage, you don't get to go to a cry zone. You don't get to pet a pony. You have to deal with it."
When asked about the protesting aspect of the bill, Kaufmann replied, "Truly the inspiration was protecting my constituents. What really inspired me to push this forward was that there was an actual blockade of my constituents on Interstate 80 last week. That's incredibly dangerous. What if somebody had been trying to go to the hospital. What if someone was in an emergency. And you had these kids, you had people acting like spoiled brats — let's just call it what it is — blocking Interstate 80."
He added, "I have no problem with dissent. I have no problem with protesting. I encourage protesting. I encourage dissent. But you don't have a constitutional right to impede on the constitutional rights of others."
He said his bill proposes increased penalties for protesters who act that way.
When asked about students who want to turn their college campuses into "sanctuary cities" for illegal immigrants, Kaufmann replied, "Well, of course that's absurd. We cannot have lawlessness. This is the ultimate irony that you had all these predictions of a Donald Trump presidency being anarchy, and a Donald Trump presidency being all of this lawlessness, and hear you have it, the very folks who claim that that was going to be the case for him are actually being the ones" that are instigating it.
The Fox News host then thanked Kaufmann for the interview but warned him sarcastically that "I think you may have triggered some kids across the country who are watching this. They may need to retreat to a safe zone and go cry."
Kaufmann has even setup a website where you can "Adopt a Trump Protester" and get a "Suck It Up, Buttercup" hat or T-shirt in return.
What do you think of this?