‘Suck it up, buttercup!’: Iowa rep wants to punish ‘cry baby’ school reactions to Trump win

Students embrace each other during a demonstration at San Francisco State University in San Francisco, California, U.S. following the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States November 9, 2016. © Stephen Lam
An Iowa representative wants to punish schools that reacted to Donald Trump’s election victory by canceling classes and creating safe spaces with a “suck it up buttercup” bill that would penalize offenders by cutting school budgets.

Bobby Kaufmann, a member of the Iowa State house and Chairman of the Iowa House Oversight Committee wants to launch an investigation into the state schools to find out how much taxpayer dollars are being spent on “cry baby” reactions.

A number of schools canceled classes in the wake of the election, while others delayed exams and offered counseling to upset students – moves that the Iowa politician called “absolutely asinine.”

“I’m gonna find out exactly how many taxpayer dollars are being used for these cry zones and for all these different safe zones [so[ you can talk about your feelings,” Kaufmann told Who Radio. “And I’m gonna take whatever that number is and we’re gonna triple it and cut it from the university budget.”

The schools and colleges that reacted to Trump’s win in this way could face additional costs associated with rescheduling missed exams. Should Kaufmann's bill pass, three times this cost would be taken from the school's budget for 2017.

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In some schools, counseling was made available for any students who needed it and dog and coloring book therapies were also offered.

The University of Kansas has therapy dogs available every other week, so this and the coloring books would not have cost the college extra money.