Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) took to the airwaves on Wednesday to voice his disgust with the college admissions scandal recently unearthed by the FBI, calling it “some of the most odious, vile, repugnant, reprehensible conduct [he’s] seen in a long time.”
Kennedy — the junior senator from Louisiana who serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee — tore into the 50 “chuckleheads” embroiled in a college admissions scandal during a Wednesday appearance on Fox News, saying that he was “not sure there [were] words in English” to describe how he felt before lambasting their “reprehensible conduct” as “odious, vile, [and] repugnant.”
He then added that their actions “made [him] want to scream” and “heave,” asking if it was possible “to scream and throw up at the same time.
The Louisiana Republican then took a shot at “a venture capitalist on the West Coast” who was connected to the scheme and “[held] himself out as the leading voice in Silicon Valley of ethical investing,” slamming him by saying that “the hypocrisy is breathtaking.”
He then added that he “votes federal prison.”
This college admissions scandal is some of the most odious, vile, repugnant, reprehensible conduct I’ve seen in a long time. I don’t care how many movies you’ve made. I don’t care how much money you’ve made. Right is still right, & wrong is still wrong. pic.twitter.com/mMNIlkeS3J
— John Kennedy (@SenJohnKennedy) March 13, 2019
The Louisiana Republican went on to say that there is “a culture of entitlement on steroids.”
“I don’t care how many movies you’ve made, I don’t care how much money you’ve made; right is still right, and wrong is still wrong,” Kennedy said.
The senator additionally called on the universities involved to “explain why the purportedly didn’t know” about the actions in an interview with NBC News:
“Every university involved needs to explain why they purportedly didn’t know. We need to know every single parent, not just the ones named in the indictment but all others who did this. They were all despicable to me. It’s just disgusting. Every one of these people needs to go to jail. Every single one.”
Kennedy’s comments come a day after the FBI announced the allegations against 50 individuals — including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin — in being connected to a college admissions cheating ring in which parents are accused of paying thousands of dollars to have their children designated as student-athlete recruits or to have their standardized test scores inflated.
Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannuli, allegedly paid $500,000 worth of bribes to have their daughters brought before the University of Southern California as recruits for USC’s crew team. A complaint filed said that neither of Loughlin’s daughters had a background competing in crew.