- The Washington Times - Friday, September 22, 2017

A Bridgewater State University assistant professor is expressing regret after his post-election rant slamming President Trump and his supporters made headlines.

Garrett Nichols, an assistant English professor at the BSU campus in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, suggested Trump supporters are KKK members and said they voted in favor of “white supremacy, misogyny, anti-Semitism, transmisogyny, and heterosexism,” according to screenshots posted by conservative news website Campus Reform.

“F– Donald Trump,” and “F– ANYONE who voted for Donald Trump,” a now-deleted Nov. 10 post by Mr. Nichols read.

A Nov. 11 post, which has since been deleted, featured a picture of the Ku Klux Klan and Mr. Nichols‘ comment that read: “Trump voters, you belong in this parade.”

BSU spokeswoman Eva Gaffney confirmed to The Enterprise daily newspaper that the posts were indeed made by Mr. Nichols. The university distanced itself from the faculty member’s comments in a statement Wednesday on Facebook.

“A member of our campus community made statements on his personal social media account that do not represent our institutional values of respect,” the school said. “The success of our students is paramount; we aspire to have all members of our campus community model civility for our students and for each other.”

Mr. Nichols told a local NBC affiliate that he recognizes what he wrote was inflammatory.

“The last people I want to feel hurt or unsafe are my students,” he said in an email. “My original post — however misguided — was motivated by a fierce sense of protection for my students, and my students’ well-being is and has always been my top priority.”

University officials said they have since hired a director of social media and are considering creating a social media policy, NBC reported.

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