The Anchorage Daily News reports:
Wasilla Republican Rep. David Eastman sparked outrage online after asking whether there could be economic benefits from the death of abused children.
“It can be argued, periodically, that it’s actually a cost savings because that child is not going to need any of those government services that they might otherwise be entitled to receive and need based on growing up in this type of environment,” he said.
When asked if he just said child abuse deaths could “benefit” society, Eastman replied: “I’m talking dollars.” Eastman has long attracted controversy in the state Capitol. He was censured in 2017 after claiming that women in rural villages try to get pregnant so they can get a free trip to the city for an abortion.
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Eastman first appeared on JMG last year when his membership in the Oath Keepers and attendance at the Capitol Riot spurred a failed attempt to expel him based on a “disloyalty” clause in Alaska’s state constitution.
Rep. Eastman sparks outrage after asking about the potential economic benefits of the deaths of abused Alaska children https://t.co/3iQsyDN1d9
— Anchorage Daily News (@adndotcom) February 22, 2023
Not even sure what to say here. Rep. Eastman says it’s a benefit to society when children who are victims of abuse die “because there aren’t needs for government services over the course of that child’s life” when they die as a results of abuse. #akleg pic.twitter.com/0hV4o7AzTY
— The Alaska Landmine (@alaskalandmine) February 21, 2023
I wrote a piece about the trial to disqualify Alaska Rep. David Eastman, who is an Oath Keepers member and attended the Jan. 6 rally at the Capitol: ‘You Should Not Be Allowed to Run the Government You Tried to Overthrow’ https://t.co/QXGZrJ9T88 via @politico #AKleg
— Nat Herz (@Nat_Herz) February 21, 2023