Arizona Schools Chief John Huppenthal Outed as Internet Troll Who Called Poor ‘Lazy Pigs’
Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal trolled liberal Arizona blogs, including Blog for Arizona and Seeing Red AZ, under the screen names Falcon9 and Thucydides over the past few years, posting controversial comments on a variety of topics.
Huppenthal blamed the Great Depression on President Franklin D. Roosevelt and opined that his economic policies gave rise to Adolf Hitler. He also blasted evolution pioneer Charles Darwin for wanting to “eliminate Jews and Africans,” and claimed that Margaret Sanger, founder of the women’s health organization Planned Parenthood, had been “given the job of eliminating African-Americans.”
But the most controversial of all Huppenthal’s comments involved President Barack Obama’s efforts to provide a social safety net for the one in six Americans living in poverty.
“Job creators are being taxed to death,” he wrote on Seeing Red AZ, while “Obama is rewarding the lazy pigs with food stamps (44 million people), air conditioning, free health care, flat screen TVs (typical of ‘poor’ families).”
According to Raw Story, blogger Bog Lord suspected Huppenthal was the troll behind the abrasive posts. Huppenthal then admitted that he was indeed Falcon9 and Thucydides.
“I love talking about public policy, and I have a passion for engaging in debate,” Huppenthal told the Arizona Republic. “I probably have 300,000 words on the Internet, and 100 of them are getting me in trouble. When all of your missteps are there together for people to see, it’s not a pretty picture.”
“I sincerely regret if my comments have offended anyone,” Huppenthal said in a separate statement to the Republic. In the statement, Huppenthal claims the “lazy pig” comment was in reference to the nursery fable Little Red Hen, in which “a fat lazy pig refuses to help the little red hen sow her seeds.”
Huppenthal is a Republican who has previously made headlines for supporting a law banning ethnic studies in the largely Hispanic state. The Tucson Unified School District banned numerous books under the law, which critics have called racist, including William Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
He also raised eyebrows and ire earlier this year after he recorded automated phone messages advocating Arizona’s controversial school voucher program, which allows parents to use taxpayer funds to pay for private school tuition.