German-born California State University Fresno professor Lars Maischak, 47, got himself into more hot water than he bargained for when he decided to Tweet that the only way to “save American democracy” was to “see Trump hang”.
First, he tweeted: ““To save American democracy, Trump must hang. The sooner and the higher, the better.”
Two days later, he tweeted: “#TheResistance Has anyone started soliciting money and design drafts for a monument honoring the Trump assassin, yet?”
This comes from a so called history lecturer. This history lecturer gets to educate thousands of young adults every year, putting this nonsense into their heads.
Of course, the nation wasn’t about to let this go. Every since, Maischak has received a number of threats and comments setting him straight. He had to issue an apology. The school also had to issue an apology on his behalf.
The Washington Times reports:
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.
“While Fresno State is committed to state and federal constitutional rights of free speech, the content of statements by Dr. Maischak warrants further review and consideration,” he said. “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.”
Mr. Maischak declined to speak to ABC on camera but said the Breitbart News story has brought on a slew of negative emails and even death threats.
He said his comments have been taken out of context.
“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 told ABC.
Mr. Maischak continued to tweet about the controversy on Saturday, writing, “To ask for the execution of Fascists – within the framework of due process – is a compelling conclusion.”
“Within the American legal tradition, there is ample precedent for this approach: During Revolution & Civil War, this was common practice,” he wrote. “I am not surprised that Fascists should equate the demand for justice with advocacy for murder or violence. It comes naturally to them.
“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,” he wrote. “[A]nd that historical precedent suggests that a death sentence is inevitable, if democracy prevails.”