Kansas State Rep. Mark Samsel, a conservative Christian Republican, kicked a child in the balls while working as a substitute teacher, according to an affidavit filed by the student.
You may recall that Samsel was arrested and sent to jail earlier this month after he allegedly assaulted a child in a classroom. The assault occurred after Samsel was recorded telling students that there was a sophomore who attempted suicide because “he has two parents and they’re both females,” that God knows when you masturbate, that students must follow “God’s rules,” and that those who didn’t obey God would “see how it’s going to turn out.”
Days after his arrest, Samsel released a batshit crazy statement refusing to accept any responsibility for his actions. In it, he argued that “if you think MY behavior in the classroom on Wednesday was inappropriate or even criminal, how about we compare it to YOUR behavior at any given PUBLIC SCHOOL (or private or home school) sporting event?” He also said “Did I intend to hurt a soul or act for a single moment out of rage, animosity, or any other element of battery? Absolutely not.”
That’s not true, based on the student’s testimony.
The deputy’s affidavit, released to reporters Tuesday, said the boy showed him a golf ball-sized “road rash” and a 3-to-4 inch scratch on his back that he said appeared after Republican state Rep. Mark Samsel, of Wellsville, pushed him up against a classroom wall on April 28.
The boy told the deputy that after Samsel pushed him against the wall and kicked him, “his back and testicles were in pain” for approximately 15 minutes, the affidavit said.
The sheriff’s deputy said in the document that he asked the lawmaker why he had put his hands on the boy, and Samsel pointed to the ceiling. When the deputy asked Samsel whether God told him to do so, Samsel answered, “Twice.”
So… God told Samsel to kick the student in the balls. That’s seriously his defense.
That man is an elected lawmaker. You are not. (Please go run for something.)
Samsel is also living proof of how going to church is absolutely useless. This guy, who constantly name-checks Jesus, has now been charged with three misdemeanor counts of battery. And the more we learn about his actions, the worse it makes him look.
And it’s not like Republicans in the State House are going to do anything about this. Samsel is a reliable conservative vote. You think his party gives a damn about assault or insanity? Those are assets for the GOP, not liabilities. Even those Republicans can expel members, there’s no indication Samsel will be punished. Not while they need his vote to override the Democratic governor’s vetoes of their awful bills.
A judge has now ordered a psychiatric evaluation of Samsel before his next hearing on July 12. But there’s no reason to think he’s anything but a typical conservative Christian who, in a more rational country, would never be elected to a position of power.
(Thanks to everyone for the link. Portions of this article were published earlier)