Ivy League students ask Rick Perry for anal sex during campus visit
Students asked Perry sexually explicit questions about anal sex.
Governor Rick Perry spoke to Dartmouth College students Sunday about the results of the midterm elections.
A student at Dartmouth College asked Texas Governor Rick Perry Sunday if he would accept anal sex in exchange for $102 million in campaign contributions.
Senior Emily Sellers, a member of The Dartmouth, the official campus newspaper, posed the question to confront Perry’s stance on homosexuality. Another student, Timothy Messen, accused Perry of comparing homosexuality to alcoholism.
The questions, which were written by sophomore Ben Packer and passed out on flyers before the event, were not well received by other students in attendance.
“In 2002, you supported Texas’s anti-sodomy law,” the flyer reads. “Do you (Rick Perry) dislike bootysex because the peeny goes in where the poopy comes out?”
“This particular question occurring in the background of Perry's moral opposition to anal sex, was motivated by the fact that if Perry has any moral boundaries that have not been carefully selected by a team of campaign managers to appeal to specific constituencies, he has almost certainly had to violate those moral boundaries for campaign contributions. You can see the irony, right?” Packer said in an email to Campus Reform.
Another question asked the Republican governor “I know you have been very strong on all foreign policy issues, including Somali pirates, but what is your stance on butt pirates?”
“They were phrased in incredibly insulting ways, and I’m horrified,” Michelle Knesbach, president of the College Republicans told The Dartmouth. “We allow people to ask policy-driven questions, but when they’re phrased in an insulting manner, we try to avoid that, because it just detracts from the overall political discourse we can have on campus.”
Spencer Blair, the president of the College Democrats and a writer for The Dartmouth, also thought the questions were disrespectful to the governor.
“I think it’s really disappointing that anyone would undermine a serious political event with sexually explicit questions, and neither I nor anyone from College Democrats would ever condone such behavior,” said Blair. “We appreciate Governor Perry visiting campus, as we encourage any sort of political engagement and discourse here at Dartmouth.”
However, Packer thought the questions brought up legitimate concerns.
“People that are opposed to this act are opposed to it because they think that it hurts their political discussion,” said Packer. “I think the desired effect was to point out that their political discussion is not meaningful.”
Packer said the questions did not achieve their “desired effect.”
“Since the event organizers knew what we were doing before it happened, they sort of controlled the lens through which the questions were viewed,” said Packer. “The questions – they’re funny, right? I think they’re funny. I think a lot of people think that they’re funny, but since the event had control over the framing of the questions, nobody in the audience laughed. They booed.”
“I don't think much of any politician. Rick Perry has been closing down abortion clinics in my home state and winning elections by playing off of the socially reactionary fears of the racist and sexually traditional poor and middle class, while soliciting mass donations from the rich and crafting economic policy in their favor,” Packer told Campus Reform. “He uses those donations to convince people to vote against their economic interest, broadcasting economic ideology more consistent with class status of his donors rather than his core constituent [sic].
“None of this is really him, though. He is a figurehead,” Packer continued. “He practices his smile in front of focus groups. He has rehearsed his surface-level defense of states' rights in the gay marriage debate (notice the similarity to slavery and Jim Crow) hundreds of times, and I personally was not interested in asking a question that would just have him give it again.”
Perry spoke to students about the results of the midterm election and how it was opportunity for the Republican Party to reestablish itself and confront President Obama’s policies.
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