Tennessee lawmaker walks back call to abolish higher education, stands by critique of universities


NEW HERE AT MIDDAY — A TENNESSEE LAWMAKER RESPONDING TO CRITICISM… AFTER SAYING HE SUPPORTS GETTING RID OF HIGHER EDUCATION BECAUSE HE ARGUES IT WOULD CUT OFF THE “LIBERAL BREEDING GROUND.” SENATOR KERRY ROBERTS MAKING THE COMMENT….ON HIS CONSERVATIVE RADIO TALK SHOW LAST WEEK. HE WAS TALKING ABOUT ATTENDING A RECENT ABORTION LEGISLATIVE HEARING… ROBERTS SPECIFICALLY CALLED OUT ONE ACTIVIST WHO TESTIFIED IN FAVOR OF PROTECTING ABORTION RIGHTS… ASSERTING WITHOUT EVIDENCE THAT THE WOMAN’S BELIEFS WERE A “PRODUCT OF HIGHER EDUCATION” AND CLAIMED THAT GETTING RID OF HIGHER EDUCATION WOULD “SAVE AMERICA.” ROBERTS IS NOW CONFIRMING AND CLARIFYING HIS PREVIOUS STATEMENT… SAYING QUOTE: “WHILE THE CALL FOR ELIMINATING HIGHER EDUCATION WAS CLEARLY HYPERBOLE, I STAND BEHIND MY GENERAL CRITIQUE OF LIBERAL ARTS EDUCATION IN AMERICA ONE HUNDRED PERCENT.” GABRIELLA: ALSO NEW HERE AT MIDDAY — KNOXVILLE POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING AN OVERNIGHT SHOOTING THAT SENT ONE MAN TO THE HOSPITAL… THIS HAPPENING AFTER ONE A-M ON

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