The majority of colleges and universities all over the country are predominantly against President Trump’s administration and his policies.
And this isn’t exclusive to students who required “safe spaces” to cope with Trump’s win over Hillary Clinton. Professors from Rutgers, Creighton, Hunter College, Harvard, and dozens – if not hundreds – of other schools have been openly hypercritical of Trump.
Worse yet is that a history professor posted a life-threatening tweet aimed at President Trump – which completely crossed the line – and all he got was a slap on the wrist.
USA Today reported:
“Once again, someone learned the hard way that tweets have consequences.
A history professor at California State University Fresno who sent an inflammatory tweet about President Trump agreed with the school to take ‘a voluntary leave of absence’ for the rest of the spring semester, effective immediately, the university announced Tuesday.
Professor Lars Maischak, 47, sent a tweet on Feb. 18 saying, ‘To save American democracy, Trump must hang. The sooner and the higher, the better.’
The tweet didn’t attract much attention until the far right Breitbart News site posted a story about it on April 8, sparking outrage nationwide.”
So, a history professor – a profession where the job description is to mentor, teach, and guide students through ethical education – openly embraced the murder of the President of the United States and nobody talked about it?
Thank Breitbart for efficiently covering this story, because until they did, this dispicable tweet had attracted zero outrage.
Only then, and rightfully so, did Maischak receive blowback.
USA Today continued:
“It’s been a bumpy road for Maischak ever since.
The story touched a nerve with conservatives who have long criticized college faculty for being too left-wing, elitist and out of touch. The Breitbart article said the tweet, along with others from Maischak’s account, demonstrates ‘why universities across the country are now viewed with disdain by average, salt-of-the-earth Americans.’
The tweet drew the attention of the FBI, the Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security and federal investigators contacted Maischak and Fresno State President Joseph Castro, according to the Fresno Bee.
Maischak issued a written apology, published by the Bee, and he deleted his Twitter account. With 29 Twitter followers, Maischak said he ‘never expected’ the tweets ‘to be read by anyone but a close circle of acquaintances who would know to place them in their context.’
The history professor said the tweet was not intended to encourage others to harm anyone. He said he posted the statement out of ‘despair over the actions of the present U.S. government’ and added that it felt ‘cathartic’ to write it.
‘I have deleted my Twitter account, to preclude the possibility that anyone reading my statements in the future would take them as encouragement to act violently or unlawfully,’ Maischak said. ‘I am prepared to take full responsibility for my statements.’”
How is it possible for a professor to be so naïve and delusional that he didn’t think his comments would be read on a public, social media site of all places?
This kind of stupidity has no place in colleges and universities, but the unfortunate reality is there are many who share the same sentiment.
USA Today concluded:
“In a statement announcing Maischak’s leave of absence, Castro said Maischak ‘will no longer have a teaching role, but will be conducting research off campus.’
#FresnoState History lecturer Dr. Lars Maischak on voluntary leave for rest of semester. Pres. @JosephICastro’s update on ongoing review: pic.twitter.com/U62RjOV1Cg
— Fresno State (@Fresno_State) April 18, 2017
Castro said the agreement to place Maischak on paid leave ‘was reached in accordance with provisions in the the collective bargaining agreement with the California Faculty Association.’ Maischak’s classes will be taught by substitute teachers for the rest of the semester.”
Why he wasn’t fired is incomprehensible, but that’s the unfortunate current state of higher education in America.