A professor in West Virginia has been suspended (miraculously) for wishing widespread and universal death on Trump supporters in her virtual class last week. Jennifer Mosher, who teaches biology at Marshall University, apparently thought her lecture was a great place to mention how fed up she is with the president and his voters – although how any of this relates to the study of biology is anyone’s guess. In the lecture, which was recorded and reported by one of her students, Professor Mosher said that she hopes that Trump’s supporters contract the coronavirus and succumb to the symptoms.
“I’ve become the type of person where I hope they all get it and die,” Mosher said. “I’m sorry, but that’s so frustrating — just — I don’t know what else to do. You can’t argue with them, you can’t talk sense with them, um, I said to somebody yesterday I hope they all die before the election.”
Mosher was apparently on a longer tirade about the president’s rallies when she made the comments. Her ire was struck by images of watching people attend the rallies during the pandemic without masks and proper social distancing. We can only assume she was similarly outraged by images of unhinged Black Lives Matter and Antifa “protesters” gathering in the streets, arm in arm, throughout the summer, because it wouldn’t make sense to be angry about one without being angry about the other, right?
Yeah, no one would be that hypocritical.
Ordinarily, we would expect the university’s administration to come out in support of any professor who wished harm on lowly Trump supporters. Why, that’s practically mandated in higher education these days!
So it was to our great surprise that Marshall University took a dim view of Mosher’s remarks and condemned them in a statement confirming her suspension.
“Marshall University this morning announced it is aware of an overtly political statement made by a faculty member in a recent virtual classroom session and widely circulated on social media,” the statement read. “The University does not support or condone the use of any of its educational platforms to belittle people or wish harm on those who hold different political views. The professor was removed from the classroom yesterday and is on administrative leave, pending an investigation. There will be no further comment on this personnel matter at this time.”
Whoa, chalk one up for the good guys. This hasn’t happened in so long, we can barely remember how to react.
Gonna have to go lie down and think about this one…