John Huppenthal is the Superintendent of Public Education for Arizona, a position he has held since his election in 2010. It has come to light that Huppenthal has been the author of 100s of anonymous blog comments on the Blog for Arizona, a progressive blog that discusses Arizona comments. As you can imagine, the comments that Huppenthal made were highly offensive.
Among Huppenthal’s comments:
- On President Obama: “[he has been] rewarding the lazy pigs with food stamps (44 million people), air-conditioning, free health care, flat-screen TV’s (typical of ‘poor’ families)…
- Said that the President admitted in his memoir that, “he was born in Kenya!!!”
- On Germans as the Master Race: “It was Darwin, not Hitler, who named the Germans the master race. It was Darwin who expressed approval of eliminating both Jews and Africans.”
- Compared Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger to Hitler and said that she “fed 16 million African-Americans into the abortion mills.”
- Attacked, of all people, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, saying that his “disastrous economic policies drug down the whole world and directly led to the rise of a no-name hack named Adolph Hitler who was going nowhere until Germany’s economy went into the tank.”
In a statement Emailed to AZCentral, Huppenthal copped to the comments, and though he apologized for “allow[ing] the heat and and emotions of the moment to denigrate the value of civil discourse,” he largely defended his remarks. He defended his anonymous comments by saying that, “Anonymity has its value as our founding fathers believed when they developed the Federal Papers. It is not a new concept, our history reflects that.” That’s a new one…I can’t say I remember the last time an elected official attacked a President by accusing them of “rewarding lazy pigs” and then defended himself via a comparison to our founding fathers.
As for some of the more offensive comments, Huppenthal said, “In Fairness, my blog entries have been taken completely out of context, our perhaps, misunderstood.” Actually, I don’t think that the comments were misunderstood at all, and that’s the problem. The nature of the comments is very offensive and factually inaccurate.
Additionally, does anyone else think it’s interesting that the Superintendent of Public Education made multiple grammatical errors in his statement?
I’ve written before about elected officials who have done this, and the lesson remains the same: Don’t do this. There is literally nothing to gain, and potentially everything to lose. As an editorial by AZCentral stated, “The anonymous Internet is revealing. It shows us what a person really believes, what he holds deep in his heart. What he dares not say publicly.”