State rep: If protesters try to stop my car with ‘negative intentions,’ I won’t stop. Fury erupts.

State rep: If protesters try to stop my car with ‘negative intentions,’ I won’t stop. Fury erupts.
A Pennsylvania state representative tweeted that if protesters tried to stop his car "with "negative intentions," he would not stop "under any circumstances." (Image source: YouTube screenshot)

On the heels of the violent protests in St. Louis — specifically a news story about demonstrators blocking off streets — a Pennsylvania state representative tweeted that if protesters ever tried to stop his car with “negative intentions,” he wouldn’t stop “under any conditions.”

As you might imagine, some folks didn’t exactly take to kindly to Aaron Bernstine’s declaration:

Another commenter wondered if Bernstine — who represents Pennsylvania’s 10th district — was telling a “sick joke” while another called his tweet “truly shameful” and someone else chalked it up to how things are in “Trump’s America 2017.”

Think Bernstine backed down from the backlash? Not a chance.

Image source: Twitter
Image source: Twitter screenshot
Image source: Twitter
Image source: Twitter screenshot

Not to be outdone, the student newspaper at the University of Pittsburgh — where Bernstine is an adjunct professor at the business graduate school — blasted him in an editorial, saying the university “should not support employees’ speech that directly threatens student safety.”

More from the editorial:

If Bernstine were driving on Pitt’s campus and a demonstration broke out — which has happened numerous times over the past year — his promise to use his vehicle as a weapon would make him a serious threat.

A promise so severe and explicitly violent has absolutely no place on our campus, and our University should not tolerate it.

TheBlaze on Thursday afternoon reached out to Bernstine’s office in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, for further comment on his tweets, but the message was not immediately returned.

(H/T: The College Fix)

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