Drexel University professor George Ciccariello-Maher says he wants to “vomit” when airline passengers give up first-class seats to U.S. troops.
George Ciccariello-Maher, an associate professor at the college, Tweeted the following tweet Sunday morning: “Some guy gave up his first class seat for a uniformed soldier. People are thanking him. I’m trying not to vomit or yell about Mosul.”
His tweet received lots of backlash from the military community and people from both sides of the political aisle. One of the most popular responses on his tweet came from retired colonel and Townhall columnist Kurt Schlichter.
“You tried not to vomit or yell? No, you just sat there quietly like a little bitch.Ignored, irrelevant, wishing you were a man. @ciccmaher,” Schlichter tweeted.
You tried not to vomit or yell?
No, you just sat there quietly like a little bitch.
Ignored, irrelevant, wishing you were a man.@ciccmaher
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) March 29, 2017
Ben Shapiro, a conservative commentator, called him a “douchebag.” Ann Coulter also weighed in, sharing Ciccariello-Maher’s post with her followers in which he fired back calling her a white supremacist.
A self-described “radical political theorist”, Ciccariello-Maher serves in Drexel’s history and politics department. According to the university, he teaches about race, racism, prisons and policing. He previously taught radical theory and politics at the University of California-Berkeley, San Quentin State Prison and the Venezuelan School of Planning in Caracas.
Ciccariello-Maher released a statement to FOX 29 in Philadelphia, in which he not only refused to apologize but actually blamed the media for blowing his statement out of proportion:
Two days after U.S. airstrikes incinerated an estimated 200 civilians in the Iraqi city of Mosul, I sent a personal tweet in reaction to what I considered a smug and self-congratulatory gesture by a first-class passenger toward a uniformed soldier. Maybe predictably, my tweet has since been fed into and misrepresented by the outrage machine that is right-wing media. Needless to say, my personal views expressed off-campus have absolutely nothing to do with those of my employer, Drexel University.
In its own statement, Drexel said Ciccariello-Maher’s comments “were made outside the classroom, are his own opinion and do not represent the University’s views.”
“The recent social media comments by George Ciccariello-Maher, Associate Professor of Politics and Global Studies at Drexel, were made outside the classroom, are his own opinion and do not represent the University’s views. Drexel is committed to and vigorously supports our ROTC students, student veterans and alumni who have served in the military. Our support for student veterans has helped us create an inclusive campus culture that honors service and Drexel’s deep connection to American military history.”
The same Drexel professor earned national media attention after tweeting that all he wanted for Christmas last year was a “white genocide”. Ciccariello-Maher backpeddled after the Associated Press asked him to clarify his remarks. The professor explained that he was trying to mock the idea of white genocide, which he called an “imaginary concept” concocted by racists.
Ciccariello-Maher’s followed up his Dec. 24 tweet by praising the massacre of whites in Haiti during the country’s slave uprising.
His Twitter account has since been protected after he faced a huge backlash following the recent tweet.