- The Washington Times - Monday, April 27, 2020

An adjunct professor at a community college in Iowa forced to leave his college after uproar over a social media post criticizing President Trump has won $25,000 — or the equivalent of what he’d make over three years of teaching — from the school.

The $25,000 settlement is equal to what Jeff Klinzman would have earned as an adjunct English professor at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, where he had worked since 2010.

His attorneys hailed the settlement Monday as a victory for academic freedom.

“Public colleges simply cannot fire professors because a small, vocal group of people online get upset,” said Greg Harold Greubel, a staff attorney for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, which represented Mr. Klinzman.

In August, a Cedar Rapids TV news outlet focused on Mr. Klinzman’s affiliation with Iowa Antifa.

“I affirm that I am antifa,” Mr. Klinzman said in an interview with the TV station.

On Twitter, he responded to a Trump tweet charging that antifa members attack opponents with baseball bats by writing, “Yeah, I know who I’d clock with a bat …”

The station also aired his hostile remarks about evangelical Christians.

Mr. Klinzman resigned after administrators had asked for him to quit, saying they would be unable to guarantee his safety.

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