A professor at the Fresno State University is defending his comments on social media, after calling for President Donald Trump to be hanged.
History professor Lars Maischak wrote a number of outrageous tweets in February, which recently resurfaced and were reverberated on conservative media just last week. Maischak wrote in one tweet, “To save American democracy, Trump must hang.” In another tweet, he suggested that “justice” would only be served if two Republicans were hanged for every immigrant deported.
After the tweets resurfaced, the Daily Caller, Breitbart and other news outlets decried the professor’s inappropriate comments. Fresno State University then announced that Maischak’s statements were under review for potential violation of law.
“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,” the university’s President Joseph Castro said in a statement.
However, Maischak has refused to back down from his stance. He provided a lengthy statement to back his position.
“I am appalled that the president of the university is allowing himself to be instrumentalized for a right-wing smear campaign,” he wrote.
“Specifically, the suggestion that I had made ‘potential direct threats of violence that may violate the law’ is unwarranted,” Maischak argued. “It constitutes an embrace by the university of the claims made by right-wing propaganda outlets.”
Maischak argued that it was “far-fetched” to comprehend his “Trump must hang” tweet as an invitation to assassinate the president.
“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,” he insisted.
Maischak has been using Twitter to defend himself and his inflammatory tweets. The professor has also not hesitated from calling the Trump administration a “terror regime,” and has also slammed people who were critical of his remarks, as Fascists.