A Nebraska state lawmaker apologized after he publicly cited a persistent rumor alleging that schools are placing litter boxes in school bathrooms to accommodate children who self identify as cats. Yes, you read that right.
Sen. Bruce Bostelman, a conservative Republican, repeated the false claim during a public, televised debate on a bill intended to help school children who have behavioral problems. His comments quickly went viral.
“They meow and they bark and they interact with their teachers in this fashion,” Bostelman said during legislative debate. “And now schools are wanting to put litter boxes in the schools for these children to use. How is this sanitary?”
Republicans will stoop to any level to distract their constituents from the important issues of the day. Elections were won in 2021 by unqualified Republicans who used unproven rumors about activities in the schools to win, and once they find something that works, they’ll work it until it’s no longer useful.
Senator Bostelman didn’t bother to research the rumor before repeating it in a televised debate watched by his constituents. For this alone he should be drummed out of office when his next election rolls around. I’m guessing in Nebraska, as long as you’re a Republican, the requirements for office are a little less stringent.
America, we’re in a sad, dangerous place.