- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Georgetown University is standing by the free speech rights of an associate professor who said in a profane Twitter rant that the Republican senators who support Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh “deserve miserable deaths.”

“Look at [this] chorus of entitled white men justifying a serial rapist’s arrogated entitlement,” Carol Christine Fair, an associate professor in Georgetown’s Security Studies program, tweeted Saturday. “All of them deserve miserable deaths while feminists laugh as they take their last gasps. Bonus: we castrate their corpses and feed them to swine? Yes.”

Ms. Fair made the comment in reference to the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which last week listened to the sexual assault allegations against Judge Kavanaugh.

Ms. Fair was suspended from Twitter on Tuesday amid a wave of backlash for several comments she made about Republicans and white men. She later attacked conservative news outlet Campus Reform, accusing the publication of bullying and harassment for reaching out to her for clarification on her tweets.

“My choice of words is intended to make you uncomfortable,” she wrote in a blog post attacking Campus Reform reporter Abigail Marone. “Because I — and tens of millions of women in this country — are uncomfortable with the ongoing war on our lives, our bodies, our fundamental freedoms, and our access to social and economic justice.”

It’s not clear which tweet got Ms. Fair’s account suspended. On Facebook, she refers to President Trump’s supporters as “#MAGAts” and “Trumpanzees.” In her blog, she refers to the GOP as the “CON-servative party” and said it’s become “a party of white, straight-male, Christian supremacy.”

Ms. Fairtold Fox News her public comments are part of her “private speech.” Georgetown University agreed, telling Fox News that the views of faculty members expressed in their private capacities are their own and not the views of the university.

“Our policy does not prohibit speech based on the person presenting ideas or the content of those ideas, even when those ideas may be difficult, controversial or objectionable,” the college said. “While faculty members may exercise freedom of speech, we expect that their classrooms and interaction with students be free of bias and geared toward thoughtful, respectful dialogue.”


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