State Senator to Student Government Leaders: “Go Home”

Update: Iowa Senator Finally Issues an Apology. Read more.

Iowa State Senator Shawn Hamerlinck (R – District 42) condescendingly dismissed five student government leaders from a budget hearing on Monday, telling them to "go home" when they showed up to testify at the hearing on the impact of proposed education budget cuts.

Tell Senator Hamerlinck that he should publicly apologize to the students.

Transcript:

"I do not like it when students actually come here and lobby me for funds. That's just my opinion. I want to wish you guys the best. I want you to go home and graduate. But this political theater, leave the circus to us, OK? Go home and enjoy yourselves. I want to thank you for joining us and though I have to concede, your time speaking before us is kind of a tad intense. It's probably a pretty new experience. You probably prepared for it for days and you sat there in front of us trying to make sure your remarks were just right, and that's a good thing. But actually spending your time worrying about what we're doing up here, I don't want you to do that. Go back home. Thanks guys."

Tell Senator Hamerlinck that he should publicly apologize to the students.

Shawn Hamerlinck

Iowa State University


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