Muh academic free speech (to send Trump death threats)!
The unsigned email contained links to a few tweets, as well as to the biographical page of an untenured history lecturer at California State University, Fresno—Lars Maischak.
The author was obscure, but the tweets were explosive. On February 17, Maischak had posted on Twitter about the new president: “To save American democracy, Trump must hang. The sooner and higher the better. #TheResistance #DeathtoFascism.” Two days later, he wrote: “#TheResistance Has anyone started soliciting money and design drafts for a monument honoring the Trump assassin, yet?” And on February 22: “#TheResistance #ethniccleansing Justice = The execution of two Republicans for each deported immigrant.”
Since the initial burst of notoriety, Maischak, who says he received hundreds of death threats on Twitter and email, has declined to speak publicly at length about his tweets, taking the advice of his attorney to lie low. Fresno State administrators put him on leave for the rest of the spring semester and moved him to a non-teaching job this fall; the fate of his job after the spring of 2018, the last semester remaining on his contract, is still unclear.
But now, Maischak is ready to talk. In an interview in August, he told me that he regrets nothing, insisting that his comments were taken out of context by a right-wing media intent on creating a scandal, and fueled by a university administration unwilling to back up what he sees as academically protected free speech.
This, dear readers, is why American universities are a complete farce. As for the sacred tenet of free speech on university campuses, I guarantee this “academic” would flunk any student of his that called him out for being a SJW snowflake and a horrible tweeter. Because free speech at American universities quite simply doesn’t exist.
The fact is that institutions take on the character of those that are employed at them. Most major universities, from tenured professors to the illegal immigrants working the dining halls, are all fantasizing about killing Trump privately, if not publicly. So how is this newest Trump death threat even surprising?
What one must ask themselves is why would anyone want an unhinged liberal teaching their budding young adult about an inherently political topic?
If professors are not at a scholarly level above inundating their twitter feed with “DEATH TO FASCIST DRUMPTF #RESISTANCE,” and similar tweets, then perhaps your son or daughter is better off learning about history from 4chan. Hell, even Reddit allows discussion and a modicum of diversity of opinion.
Of course, the laughable thing is that the media, which took ever Obama “death threat” as an existential threat to American values caused by vitriolic racism, is implicitly supporting this fruitcake. Why wouldn’t they, though, when they’re playing for the same team.
That being said, looking at this guys most interesting tweet, it seems he may have a problem with more than just Trump…
The execution of two Republicans for each deported immigrant.
At the risk of sounding like a crazed right-wing ideologue, I think I am detecting some anti-white sentiment here.