“only meant to indicate Trump is a threat to democracy.”
You may recall this story from back in February. Another dumb comment brings real consequences.
The College Fix reports:
‘Trump must hang’ professor is relieved of fall teaching duties
The Fresno State University adjunct who back in February had tweeted out “To save American democracy, Trump must hang” and “Justice = the execution of two Republicans for each deported immigrant” will not be teaching this fall.
Instead, history professor Lars Maischak will be busy “convert[ing] two courses to an online format” according to an email from Fresno State President Joseph Castro.
According to The Fresno Bee, Castro said this course conversion “meets [Maischak’s] unit requirement per the faculty collective bargaining unit agreement.”
The FBI and Secret Service had been “in frequent contact” with Castro regarding Maischak’s tweets, and the adjunct accused Castro of “allowing himself to be instrumentalized for a right-wing smear campaign.”
Maischak also said his Trump tweet was “only meant to indicate Trump is a threat to democracy.”
Nevertheless, the professor did apologize, stating “I ask forgiveness of those who felt threatened or offended by them,” and “It was never my intent to harm anyone, nor to encourage others to harm anyone.” He also deleted his Twitter account.
Inside Higher Ed reports that Maischak believes the fact that he’s not teaching this fall is a direct consequence of his tweets — which, in his view, violates academic freedom.
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