As I browsed my favorite news websites, the headline “Senator Calls Obama ‘Stupid’?” caught my attention. I read the article and was disappointed that Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley used Twitter to send this message:
“Constituents askd why I am not outraged at PresO attack on supreme court independence. Because Am ppl r not stupid as this x prof of con law”
Really, Sen. Grassley? When did it become acceptable to publicly call the president “stupid”? What happened to statesmanship? What happened to civil discourse? What happened to respect for others?
The fact that your staffers found it necessary to “explain” what you meant, I can only assume that they, too, deemed it inappropriate. To your point, the American people are not stupid. We do not need your staffers to translate. You called President Obama “stupid,” it does not matter what you meant. That verbiage was unnecessary and it implies ridicule and disrespect. As a U.S. senator, I expect more from you.
Sen. Grassley, I respectfully request that you choose your words more carefully. You represent the citizens of this state, and I hope to see the day that you make headlines for reaching across the aisle. I believe that you can disagree without being disrespectful, and I believe that as a U.S. senator you should set the example, not fan the flames.