- The Washington Times - Monday, January 15, 2018

A Georgetown University adviser has resigned after he tweeted that he wished a “#metoo moment” on conservative blogger Allie Stuckey.

Georgetown said in a statement Monday that it had accepted Jeff Bernstein’s resignation from the Masters of Science in Foreign Service program advisory board over comments that were “deeply inconsistent” with the school’s values.

“Encouraging, threatening or condoning violence and harassment against another person, in any form and on any format, is deeply inconsistent with the values of the program, our school and our university,” the school said.

Mr. Bernstein deleted his Twitter account after writing to Ms. Stuckey, founder of The Conservative Millennial and former TheBlaze TV host: “Wishing you a #metoo moment. Maybe then you won’t be so insensitive.”

He was responding to a tweet by Ms. Stuckey that said the “MeToo” movement, which calls attention to the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and harassment, is a “symptom of a broken world.”

Ms. Stuckey, and many others, interpreted Mr. Bernstein’s reply as wishing sexual assault on the young conservative. After a heated back and forth, Mr. Bernstein apologized, Campus Reform reported.

“I apologize,” he wrote. “I shouldn’t have said that. I thought you were implying that the fact that this moment is happening meant that the world was not functioning properly, similar to how you have minimized the terrible things Trump has said/done. I would never wish harm on anyone.”

He later said that he was not wishing sexual assault on Ms. Stuckey.

“I meant you need to have a moment of truth Allie,” he wrote. “You have continued to make insensitive comments about refugees; immigrants; pro-choice; people of color; women.”

Mr. Bernstein also apologized in a statement to Campus Reform.

“I apologize for making a stupid and insensitive comment. I would never wish harm on anyone and apologized to Allie repeatedly,” he said. “I feel terribly. I have been a continuous voice against gender bias. As a father of three, I am embarrassed and this is a lesson for me that words have power.”

Ms. Stuckey tweeted “kudos” to Georgetown for “adhering to their values” in denouncing Mr. Bernstein’s comments.

“I really appreciate Georgetown’s statement,” she tweeted.


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