Some liberals have unfortunately seen violence as the solution to their irritations with President Trump, such as James Hodgkinson firing upon Republicans in June.
One individual, Professor Kevin Allred, believed that wishing for someone to assassinate the president was not only acceptable but justified. Unfortunately for him, the university he was slated to teach at disagreed, and he was promptly fired, according to The Daily Caller.
Allred was a professor of women and gender studies, according to his online bio. He received fame for his Politicizing Beyonce class, which he claims received global media attention. Allred’s main focus as a professor is to “promote solutions” to social issues and make knowledge available to everyone.
This would seem to be in stark contrast to the disturbing tweet he sent out and has since deleted, saying “Trump is a f***ing joke. this is all a sham. i wish someone would just shoot him outright,” this according to Twitchy.
According to Fox News, Allred tried to justify his tweet by saying in a second tweet that his comments shouldn’t be considered death threats: “saying you wish donald trump was dead is different than making a direct threat against him. just saying….”
It seems Montclair State University disagreed with Allred’s assessment and fired him for the tweet.
This angered Allred who claimed that he was fired because of Conservative politics, according to yet another tweet he sent out after receiving the news: “So FYI…Montclair State has fired me before I even started teaching there. When universities cave to basic conservative political pressure like this, they’re firmly taking a side.”
The consequence for his statements shouldn’t be a surprise to Allred as he was previously cited for a tweet he posted last year, according to NBC News. Allred posted a video of an American flag being set on fire and then sent out a chilling tweet: “will the 2nd amendment be as cool when I buy a gun and start shooting at random white people or no…?”
This tweet resulted in a massive backlash and led to a request for a psychiatric evaluation of the professor from the local police department. Shortly thereafter, he left Rutgers University, where he was working during the time of that tweet.
It’s also interesting that neither of the latter tweets led to serious criminal charges being leveled against the professor, especially considering others have been arrested for violently worded tweets against presidents. Based on a report by CNN, one example in 2012 saw Donte Sims arrested for posting a series of tweets saying he wanted to assassinate then President Barack Obama.
Obama was scheduled to attend the Democrat National Convention in the same town as Sims, and the Secret Service took notice of the messages which led to his questioning and subsequent arrest. Sims claimed to be high on marijuana at the time but admitted his hatred for Obama did play a factor.
While Allred’s tweet is admittedly not a vow to assassinate the president, it could have incited others to commit violence, and he would be partially responsible. If criminal charges are ever brought against Allred, and he’s found guilty of threatening the president’s life, he could face up to five years in prison as stated in U.S. Code 18.