It goes without saying that state Sen. Russ Ingalls is an asshole. What might not be obvious at first glance is that he’s also a lily-livered coward.
Ingalls has gotten himself into a well-deserved spot of bother by publicly decrying — and doxxing — Sam Carbonetti, a middle school teacher who had the temerity to ask his class to “introduce themselves using their preferred names, pronouns and interests.” A parent, Ben Morley, posted a complaint on Facebook. Ingalls reposted it along with Carbonetti’s email address, so people could complain to the teacher directly.
Carbonetti posted the incident on Twitter, and quickly got an overwhelmingly supportive response. Including a tweet from Senate President Pro Tem Becca Balint, who vowed to look into possible sanctions against Ingalls.
Ingalls is an asshole because he’s so hot and bothered about nothing at all just as he is over critical race theory, about which he is wildly (and willingly) misinformed. It’s “nothing at all” because Carbonetti merely asked his students to identify themselves. He didn’t say anything about L, G, B, T, Q, I, A, or X. Morley and Ingalls made that inference in their own dirty little minds.
Which brings us back to “coward.”
Ingalls is a coward because he hasn’t, and apparently won’t, take his complaints directly to school officials. He doesn’t want to have a conversation about this, because he knows deep inside that he’d come across as an uneducated buffoon. He’s willing to bullshit on social media and he’s happy to air his grievances before audiences of like-minded people, but Heaven forbid that he should enter into dialogue on an even playing field. He is a wimp. He is a wilting flower. He is a snowflake in the noonday sun. He is a yellow-bellied skitterbrook.
And so is Morley, who has not communicated with school officials and did not respond to two calls for comment from VTDigger. He’s fine with social media blustering, but he doesn’t have the courage to face other points of view or any sort of public scrutiny whatsoever.
Fortunately, school officials appear to have Carbonetti’s back. Because he has done nothing wrong, except to treat his students as human beings with their own identities.
I don’t know what the Senate can do about Ingalls. Not much, I suspect. It’ll be interesting to see how his fellow Republicans deal with this, not to mention the VTGOP. Let’s see if his party condemns his cowardly actions.