- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Drexel University is distancing itself from comments made online by Associate Professor George Ciccariello-Maher after he blamed “Trumpism” and the “narrative of white victimization” for Sunday night’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.

“Yesterday was a morbid symptom of what happens when those who believe they deserve to own the world also think it is being stolen from them,” George Ciccariello-Maher wrote in a series of tweets Monday morning. “It is the spinal column of Trumpism, and most extreme form is the white genocide myth. The narrative of white victimization has been gradually built over the past 40 years. White people and men are told that they are entitled to everything. This is what happens when they don’t get what they want.”

Mr. Ciccariello-Maher said liberals are wrong to bring up the gun control debate every time a white man commits mass murder and that they should be more focused on why they commit such atrocities.

His comments came less than 24 hours after 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, a white man, opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, killing 58 people and injuring more than 500 others who were attending the Route 91 Harvest music festival. Police later recovered 23 guns, mostly military-style rifles, from the shooter’s hotel room.

“[L]iberal escapism means talking about easy questions and proposing easy non-solutions rather than talking about who kills and why,” Mr. Ciccariello-Maher continued Monday. “To believe that someone who would shoot down 50 people wouldn’t circumvent any gun law you pass is the height of delusion. But liberals will drown out all discourse with a deafening chorus screeching ‘gun control.’”

The professor also slammed “gun-control fetishism” and argued that “all laws have this huge loophole called breaking the law,” which renders many gun restrictions useless.

Mr. Ciccariello-Maher said news reports on his tweets by Breitbart News and Fox News have led to death threats.

Drexel University told Fox News that the professor’s tweets don’t represent the university’s views.

“The recent social media comments by George Ciccariello-Maher, associate professor of Politics and Global Studies at Drexel University, are his own opinion and do not represent the University’s views,” the university said in a statement. “Drexel is deeply saddened by the tragic shooting in Las Vegas. The thoughts and prayers of the Drexel community are with the families of those affected by this senseless act of violence.”

This isn’t the first time Drexel University has had to distance itself from Mr. Ciccariello-Maher’s tweets. On Christmas Eve, he wrote, “All I Want for Christmas is White Genocide,” prompting a response by Drexel calling his comment “utterly reprehensible” and “deeply disturbing.”

Mr. Ciccariello-Maher made headlines again in March when he tweeted that he wanted to “vomit” when an airline passenger gave up his first-class seat for a uniformed soldier.

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