A Tennessee state GOP lawmaker has called for getting rid of the entire higher education system, asserting that such a move would cut off a “liberal breeding ground” and “save America.”
State Sen. Kerry Roberts of Springfield made the remarks while speaking on his conservative talk radio show last week.
Roberts called for eliminating higher education while speaking about attending a recent abortion legislative hearing.
Roberts argued that an activist’s public testimony in favor of abortion rights was a “product of higher education,” adding that abolishing the system would “save America.”
He also claimed that the removal of higher education would cut off a “liberal breeding ground” and questioned why public colleges were funded by taxpayers.
The AP notes that Roberts approved the state’s $38.5 billion budget earlier this year that included money for colleges and universities.
He is a 1983 graduate of Lipscomb University, according to his Tennessee Senate profile.