A former faculty member at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and current professor at Arizona State University, sent a vulgar email to a conservative political group Tuesday after the organization sent him a reminder to vote in an election.
According to the email obtained by TheBlaze, professor Joe Skulan replied to the Americans for Prosperity email by saying, "As soon as you finish wiping Kock [sic] c** off your ass, please take a moment to go f*** yourself."
The Tuesday email sent by Americans for Prosperity, which is funded in part by conservative billionaires David and Charles Koch, did not encourage individuals to vote for any specific candidate, it only directed them to a government website providing instructions on how to vote in elections being held for municipalities and school districts across the state of Wisconsin.
The professor's vulgar message to the conservative group — sent using his official University of Wisconsin email address — was first reported by Media Trackers, a website dedicated to media accountability and government transparency.
A representative for the University of Wisconsin said Skulan no longer works at the school, but forwarded a Facebook post with Skulan's comments about the controversy.
"Had I known that my email would be read I probably would have been more specific: 'Please, after removing the semen that the Koch brothers have deposited in your rectum, take a moment to refill your rectum with your own semen,'" he wrote, according to the Facebook post forwarded to TheBlaze by the University of Wisconsin.
"To be clear, my comment was metaphorical," the post continued. "I have no particular reason to believe that the person at AFP who sent the letter (I forget his name) actually engages in anal sex with the brothers Koch or anyone else, and would not care if he did. The reference to sexual act was meant to imply that AFP and the Kochs have the same relationship to each other that a skanky prostitute has to a lecherous and pustule-ridden old man, or that, say, Tom Tiffany has to Chris Cline and Media Trackers has to its own sugar daddy/daddies."
"I admit the preceding comparison may not be entirely accurate," the post concludes. "It implies that AFP employees are Koch wh*res, but it also is possible that they are Koch sluts — that they are willing participants in their perversion, not just people paid to be perverse."
Skulan, who initially replied to an email inquiry, would not provide comment to TheBlaze.
According to Arizona State University's official website, Skulan is an assistant research professor in chemistry and biochemistry.
The University of Wisconsin, Madison, forwarded this screen grab of a Facebook post to TheBlaze, saying it was the professor's response to the controversy. (Image source: Facebook via the University of Wisconsin, Madison)
Julie Newberg, a spokeswoman for Arizona State University, forwarded the school's policy on diversity and free speech to TheBlaze, saying: “ASU is also strongly committed to academic freedom and free speech. Respect for these rights requires that it tolerate expressions of opinion that differ from its own or that it may find abhorrent.”
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