GOP senator Ben Sasse drew sharp criticism from a highschool board member over feedback he made throughout a graduation deal with over the weekend.
The senator delivered the net speech to college students at his former highschool, Fremont High School in Nebraska, the place he blamed China for the coronavirus outbreak, joked about college students’ health and shared his dislike for psychologists.
An unshaven Sasse, sporting a loosened purple tie and white shirt, advised college students at their future reunions they’d speak about “that time when China started a big global pandemic that created the worst public health crisis in over a century and brought the economy to its knees, and we had to stay home and everybody was hoarding toilet paper.”
Sasse continued, “Nobody knows exactly how we’re going to beat this thing, but you know what, we’re Americans, we’re Nebraskans, we’ve got grit and we’re going to beat this thing.”
The senator additionally mentioned there might be a “serious reckoning with the thugs in China who let this mess spiral out of control by lying about it.”
He additionally advised the scholars, “Everybody named Jeremy is the worst,” with none rationalization.
He additionally cited Netflix “Tiger King” documentary, homicide hornets, and took a jab on the scholar’s physique, “Back in the day when we were a lot fitter than you people are, we used to have to climb ropes all the way up to the ceiling of the gym all the time.”
The senator took goal at psychologists as nicely, saying “95 percent of all gainfully employed psychologists … their job is really just to help people forget high school,” including, “if you’re headed to college, do not — do not — major in psychology. That part’s not a joke.”
A Fremont faculty board member, Michael Petersen, known as on Sasse to apologize on Facebook, “You deserved better than the graduation remarks from Senator Ben Sasse. The racism, implying that our graduates are fat and lazy, disparaging teachers and attacking the mental health profession are despicable.”
Sasse’s spokesman, James Wegmann, advised the Omaha World-Herald on Sunday the senator was joking in the course of the graduation speech and that “It’s ridiculous that some politically addicted folks are complaining about Ben calling out China in a joke.”
Wegmann then continued, “He’s said this for months, because it’s true: The Chinese Communist Party’s coronavirus coverup wasted time that could have contained the spread — those lies cost innocent lives in China and around the world. Pretending graduates are too fragile to hear the truth is silly.”