A Fresno State American History professor faced some major backlash after he tweeted “Trump must hang.”
The university wasn’t so impressed either, it turns out.
Joesph I. Castro, president of Fresno State released the following statement: “While Fresno State is committed to state and federal constitutional rights of free speech, the content of statements by Dr. [Lars] Maischak warrants further review and consideration.”
He continued: “The review of these and any other statements will be conducted in the context of rights of free expression, but also for potential direct threats of violence that may violate the law.”
A spokeswoman for CSU Fresno told The Daily Caller News Foundation that the professor’s social media comments did not represent the university, noting: “Lars Maischak is employed as a lecturer at Fresno State. Statements made on his personal social media accounts are his alone and are not endorsed by or reflect the position of the University.”
The tweet that created such a storm of backlash? Maischak wrote on February 18, 2017: “To save American democracy, Trump must hang. The sooner and the higher, the better. #TheResistance #DeathToFascism.” He included a link to an image comparing Trump to Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, Putin and others.
The image shows Trump smirking with the text: “Do you know who else discredited the media? Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, Castro, Mao, Idi Amin, Pol Pot, Hussein, Assad, Putin, ISIL/Daesh, Boko Haram…Tyrants and Fascists do it.”
Two days later, he tweeted: “#TheResistance Has anyone started soliciting money and design drafts for a monument honoring the Trump assassin, yet?”
Other tweets from Maischak included: “Ethnic cleansing, climate genocide, subversion of voting rights, & propaganda: Trump runs a terror regime.” on April 8.
ABC News reported that the university president also stated: “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.”
He added: “The review of these and any other statements will be conducted in the context of rights of free expression, but also for potential direct threats of violence that may violate the law.”
Maischak would not speak on camera with ABC, but noted that a Breitbart News story about his tweets invited death threats. He believes his comments were taken out of context, however, explaining: “At the moment, based on my conviction that a majority of Americans are committed to Democracy, it, therefore, follows that ‘Trump must hang…,’ with the word ‘must,’ expressing a logical necessity rather than a demand or wish.”
He recently tweeted: “Within the American legal tradition, there is ample precedent for this approach: During Revolution & Civil War, this was common practice. I am not surprised that Fascists should equate the demand for justice with advocacy for murder or violence. It comes naturally to them.”
Maischak further noted: “To re-state the obvious: I do not intend to harm Mr. Trump, nor do I wish for anyone else to harm Mr. Trump by way of an assassination!…I am, however, convinced, given the nature of his regime, that he will be held accountable for his crimes in a court. [A]nd that historical precedent suggests that a death sentence is inevitable, if democracy prevails.”
The professor is now on a voluntary leave. While many are happy he is no longer teacher, people still want him to be fired so he can never teach again.
What do you think should happen to this professor?