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Prof Who Tweeted ‘Trump Must Hang’ Issues Unapologetic Statement

Prof Who Tweeted ‘Trump Must Hang’ Issues Unapologetic Statement

“a right-wing smear campaign”

http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2017/01/politics/trump-inauguration-gigapixel/

A professor at Cal State Fresno who recently tweeted some violent things about President Trump has issued a statement. It’s not much better than his vile tweets.

FOX 26 reports:

Fresno State professor who tweeted ‘Trump must hang’ issues statement

Statement regarding President Joseph Castro’s “Statement regarding lecturer’s social media posts” of 10:25am, today, April 10th, 2017

Lars Maischak

I am appalled that the president of the university is allowing himself to be instrumentalized for a right-wing smear campaign.

Specifically, the suggestion that I had made “potential direct threats of violence that may violate the law” is unwarranted. It constitutes an embrace by the university of the claims made by right-wing propaganda outlets.

I would have wished for an opportunity to explain my views to the university prior to any statement on its part on the substance of the public accusations against me. I was not contacted by them, even though I sent a message to the president on Saturday.

The Breitbart/DailyCaller piece that created a selective collage of some of my weeks-old tweets had the purpose of inciting a campaign of harrassment and intimidation by claiming I had either made a tangible threat against Mr. Trump, or had advocated for violence against either Mr. Trump, or Republicans in general.

The author of this piece has a history of identifying and accusing Liberal and leftist professors of subversive activities.

Prior to publication, he had contacted me with a generic request to identify myself as the owner of the twitter account. The article was published before I had an opportunity to reply.

Neither Daily Caller nor Breitbart asked me for clarification of my opinions and intentions.

It goes on and on like this and he never apologizes.

Read the rest here.

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Comments

Another nutcase soon the be a resident of rural Montana where the building codes allow crates. Hopefully his penmanship doesn’t suffer when he writes his manifesto.

I wonder if cheese comes with that whine?

His statement is reasonable, given his far-left premises. Seen from a radical leftist perspective, Trump does look like someone who will one day end up before a tribunal. If you define “fascism” in the way that the academic left has made standard, he seems to fit. It only seems strange to people who not only haven’t been indoctrinated in this worldview but aren’t even aware of it, and therefore can’t put themselves in the head of someone who truly believes in it, and can’t fathom how the world looks to such a person.

That said, I’m appalled at a university president claiming that his tweets represent “potential direct threats of violence that may violate the law”. Someone in that position needs to be familiar with first amendment law, enough to know the difference between direct actual threats, incitement, and advocacy, and to know that advocacy of criminal acts is protected speech.

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