- The Washington Times - Monday, April 10, 2017

A lecturer at California State University, Fresno is facing backlash over a February tweet that declared President Trump “must hang.”

“To save American democracy, Trump must hang. The sooner and the higher, the better,” American History lecturer Lars Maischak wrote Feb. 17, linking to an image comparing the president to brutal dictators like Hitler and Pol Pot.

Two days later, he tweeted: “#TheResistance Has anyone started soliciting money and design drafts for a monument honoring the Trump assassin, yet?”

The tweets, which are still live on Mr. Maischak’s account, were first reported by Breitbart News over the weekend, prompting the school’s president to issue a statement condemning the faculty member’s comments.

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,” Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro said, a local ABC News affiliate reported.

“While Fresno State is committed to state and federal constitutional rights of free speech, the content of statements by Dr. Maischak warrants further review and consideration,” he said. “The review of these and any other statements will be conducted in the context of rights of free expression, but also for potential direct threats of violence that may violate the law.”

Mr. Maischak declined to speak to ABC on camera but said the Breitbart News story has brought on a slew of negative emails and even death threats.

He said his comments have been taken out of context.

“At the moment, based on my conviction that a majority of Americans are committed to Democracy, it, therefore, follows that ‘Trump must hang…,’ with the word ‘must,’ expressing a logical necessity rather than a demand or wish,” he told ABC.

Mr. Maischak continued to tweet about the controversy on Saturday, writing, “To ask for the execution of Fascists - within the framework of due process - is a compelling conclusion.”

“Within the American legal tradition, there is ample precedent for this approach: During Revolution & Civil War, this was common practice,” he wrote. “I am not surprised that Fascists should equate the demand for justice with advocacy for murder or violence. It comes naturally to them.

“To re-state the obvious: I do not intend to harm Mr. Trump, nor do I wish for anyone else to harm Mr. Trump by way of an assassination! … I am, however, convinced, given the nature of his regime, that he will be held accountable for his crimes in a court,” he wrote. “[A]nd that historical precedent suggests that a death sentence is inevitable, if democracy prevails.”

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