A history professor at California State University, Fresno, has advocated for the death of Pres. Donald Trump. Tweets from an account operated by Lars Maischak call for Trump to "hang" in order to "save American democracy," and say the only "cure" for racist people is a bullet to their head.
"To save American democracy, Trump must hang," Prof. Maischak tweeted in February. "The sooner and the higher, the better. #TheResistance #DeathToFascism."
This needs to generate a visit from the US Secret Service. It should also cost this inciter of violence his job. We - all of us, not just people who are for or against a political actor - must demand more from those who seek to be educators for our children. Violence advocating miscreants like Maischak have no place in institutions that are tasked with creating the next generation's critical thinkers.
It is beyond past time that the people - all of us - rise up and engage the administrations at institutions that protect malcontents like Maischak. The institutions themselves need to feel pain so that they cease embracing the extremists who seek educational roles only for ideological purposes.
A good first step is re-evaluating government funding for institutions that harbor assh*les like Maischak.