Iowa Lawmaker Introduces “Suck It Up, Buttercup” Bill To Stop Student-Coddling At Universities
An Iowa lawmaker plans to put forth a bill that will target state universities that use taxpayer dollars to coddle students with sit-ins and grief counseling – such as “cry zones” – in order help them cope with events like President-elect Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton.
Rep. Bobby Kaufmann plans to introduce the piece of legislation he’s calling the “Suck It Up, Buttercup Bill” when the legislature resumes in January.
While issuing fines to those universities who want to pamper their students with child-like comfort, the bill would also establish new criminal charges for protesters who shut down highways, a circumstance that has risen out of the many anti-Trump protests that kicked off after the election.
“I’ve seen four or five schools in other states that are establishing ‘cry zones’ where they’re staffed by state grief counselors and kids can come cry out their sensitivity to the election results,” said Iowa’s Bobby Kaufmann to the Des Moines Register. “I find this whole hysteria to be incredibly annoying. People have the right to be hysterical … on their own time.”
Following the Donald Trump victory in the Nov. 8 election, schools such as Cornell and Yale went as far as setting up a “cry-in” and a “primal scream” so students could let out their grief and frustration over the results.
Other elite universities offered students coloring books, puppies, play dough, Legos and bubbles to comfort students who felt distraught post-election.
“That’s a waste of taxpayer dollars and that also doesn’t prepare kids for life. In life there’s winners and losers and when your car breaks down, 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,” Bobby Kaufmann told Fox and Friends on Wednesday.
When addressing the anti-Trump protesters, who have organized and blocked highways in over a dozen cities nationwide, Kaufmann said, “You’ve got a right to protest, that’s constitutionally protected. But you do not have a right to throw a temper tantrum on I-80 and put my constituents’ lives in danger.”
“That’s incredibly dangerous. What if someone had been trying to go to the hospital or was in an emergency and you had these spoiled brats blocking interstate 80?” he said.
Iowa Rep. Phyllis Thede, (D) Bettendorf has called the legislation odd and says it’s a threat to free speech.
“I don’t want to go after somebody because they’re fearful, upset or angry,” Thede said. “That’s not what legislatures do.”
Thede believes they should be helping the protesters, not criminalizing their actions, but Kaufmann thinks the bill will gain support.
“People say, ‘Suck it up, Buttercup, that’s kind of over the top,’ but so are the protests that are happening,” Kaufmann said.