Thursday, April 13, 2017

Fresno State lecturer faces backlash for ‘Trump must hang’ tweet

Threats of violence are not normally regarded as protected speech

Lars Maischak, an American History lecturer at California State University, Fresno, is facing backlash over a February tweet that declared President Trump "must hang".

“To save American democracy, Trump must hang. The sooner and the higher, the better,” American History lecturer Lars Maischak wrote Feb. 17, linking to an image comparing the president to brutal dictators like Hitler and Pol Pot.

Two days later, he tweeted: “#TheResistance Has anyone started soliciting money and design drafts for a monument honoring the Trump assassin, yet?”

The tweets, which are still live on Mr. Maischak’s account, were first reported by Breitbart News over the weekend, prompting the school’s president to issue a statement condemning the faculty member’s comments.

“Professor Maischak’s personal views and commentary, with its inclusion of violent and threatening language, is obviously inconsistent with the core values of our University,” Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro said, a local ABC News affiliate reported.



Bird of Paradise said...

The jerk has now come to know the meaning of Open Mouth and Insert Foot i just hope he likes the taste of Toe Jam it should go along well with the Humble Pie

Anonymous said...

Time to defund universities until the group think mentality of the left is disbanded and free thinking is encouraged because until free thought is encouraged universities serve no practical purpose other than becoming breeders for socialist upheaval where free speech is not tolerated and the thought police control the campus.

Anonymous said...

Don't 'issue a statement', fire the bastard !

Anonymous said...

Three comments on this post already and two of them are opposed to free speech.
Why are you on this site if you only believe in free speech for your own views?
Financially punishing a University for the private comments of one of its staff is anti-free speech.
Firing someone for their personal opinions is anti-free speech.
I can understand people decrying hypocrisy and pointing out if it had been someone spouting conservative views they would have been sacked.
I can understand people arguing that it is something the Secret Service might be interested in.
I cannot understand someone who is on this site saying this person should be sanctioned for expressing his personal views - no matter they are unpleasant.
Free speech for all - or for none.

Anonymous said...

7:03 Yes this idiot is allowed to have his free speech but does he have the right to propagate it in a public institution at public expense? Does he have the right of his position to drag the institution he is employed by for his personal opinion? Does not institution have the obligation to deny his comments if they are receiving public funds? His personal opinions have no place on any campus. He should lose his tenure immediately. This incident is everything that is wrong with the US education system.

Anonymous said...

To those calling for his firing, that may well happen yet but if they are like most institutions there are procedures to be followed that are designed to allow time for hasty actions to be rethought so it will be a while before that final action can occur. This story is simply too young yet to know how the university decided to respond beyond the initial actions they have taken.

Spurwing Plover the fighting shorebird said...

Anon 2:16 Good idea and we start with U.C. Berkeley and work our way to the rest of these leftists run campuses

Anonymous said...

Threats against a President are taken very seriously by the Secret Service.