Drexel University has placed one of its professors, George Ciccariello-Maher, on administrative leave after he left a trail of crazy talk on Twitter regarding the Las Vegas shooting.
As TruthRevolt reported, Ciccariello-Maher leapt with joy that the shooter was “a white man.” He blamed the shooting on “white supremacist patriarchy” and ultimately, “Trumpism.” And now, he has lashed out in an op-ed for The Washington Post claiming the fallout is nothing more than “a smear campaign by conservatives aimed at academics.” Ah, the old deflection defense.
Initially, Drexel distanced itself from the outrageous tweets, but a university spokesman now claims in a statement that the leave of absence is for the professor’s safety:
The safety of Drexel’s students, faculty, professional staff and police officers are of paramount concern to Drexel. Due to a growing number of threats directed at Professor George Ciccariello-Maher, and increased concerns about both his safety and the safety of Drexel’s community, after careful consideration the University has decided to place Professor Ciccariello-Maher on administrative leave. We believe this is a necessary step to ensure the safety of our campus.
Ciccariello-Maher defended his tweets saying in no way were they “provocative in tone nor controversial in content.” He added that in the age of Trump, those things needed to be said.
He continued saying leftwing academics are under constant threat by a “coordinated right-wing campaign to undermine our academic freedom – one that relies on misrepresentation and sometimes outright lying, and often puts us and our students in danger.”
“I am by no means the first, and will not be the last target of this kind of smear campaign by conservatives aimed at academics,” Ciccariello-Maher stated. “In every case, it is the same right-wing media outlets leading the charge, and campuses are increasingly the target.”
We here at TruthRevolt are proud to be among those “leading the charge” and we will do so using your own words, professor. So, keep ‘em coming!
H/T Fox News