The professor from California State University, Fresno who called for President Trump to “hang” now claims he is the victim of a right-wing “campaign of harassment and intimidation.”
History professor Lars Maischak’s tweet in February stating, “To save American democracy, Trump must hang. The sooner and the higher, the better,” was one of many vile and politically charged tweets that caused the university to respond.
Anti-Trump tweets: Professor responds to university review https://t.co/SdL6AtOoq1
— Fox26 News (@KMPHFOX26) April 11, 2017
Fresno State President Joseph Castro issued a statement saying Maischak’s remarks would be reviewed for potential threats of violence, to which the professor responded with his own statement, according to KMPH.
Professor stands by his call for Trump to be hanged.
He still has a job at Cal State – Fresno.
— Mark Romano (@TheMarkRomano) April 11, 2017
Maischak reached out to KMPH FOX26 News in an email, refuting his call for violence against the president and accusing the university of embracing “claims made by right-wing propaganda outlets.”
— Cat Mulmack (@Mulmack) April 11, 2017
According to Maischak’s email:
I am appalled that the president of the university is allowing himself to be instrumentalized for a right-wing smear campaign.
Specifically, the suggestion that I had made “potential direct threats of violence that may violate the law” is unwarranted. It constitutes an embrace by the university of the claims made by right-wing propaganda outlets.
I would have wished for an opportunity to explain my views to the university prior to any statement on its part on the substance of the public accusations against me. I was not contacted by them, even though I sent a message to the president on Saturday.
The Breitbart/DailyCaller piece that created a selective collage of some of my weeks-old tweets had the purpose of inciting a campaign of harrassment and intimidation by claiming I had either made a tangible threat against Mr. Trump, or had advocated for violence against either Mr. Trump, or Republicans in general.[…]
I have explained on twitter, as well as in a statement to several media outlets over the weekend, the context of one of my incriminated tweets, containing the assertion that “Trump must hang.”
It is based on the assessment that the substantial continuity between Fascism and the present Republican Party makes it likely that the deeds of his government will be the subject of court proceedings, or even a tribunal akin to the Nuremburg Trials.[…]
Maischak argued that claims he was advocating murder were “far-fetched.”
“I can see how a malicious observer could twist it to mean an incitement to violence. I would be horrified to learn that anyone would have read this tweet as an invitation to violence. I still do not think, within the context at the time, and within the context of my other statements on twitter, that any reasonable reader could come to that conclusion, however,” he wrote.
— Barry Polis (@BarryPolis) April 11, 2017
Terrible ! No one should have a right to get away with this ! https://t.co/XsF1KyN0gw
— Danielle M (@iwalani2) April 11, 2017
He continued to defend his position, and slam the critics allegedly smearing him, in the rest of his statement.
He concluded with a promise of even more to come.
“I am currently working on a paper laying out my argument for the comparison between the current Republican administration and party, and German Fascism, in more detail and with more differentiation,” Maischak wrote.
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