A San Diego State University administrator used his personal Facebook account to lambast the Republican Party, calling it an "extremist terrorist organization," and now a student-led Republican group on campus is seeking an apology.
Patrick McCarthy, an associate dean of Library and Information Access, was commenting on a Newsweek article titled, "Right-Wing Extremists Are a Bigger Threat to America Than ISIS," which was shared by one of his Facebook friends.
"The Republican Party has become an extremist terrorist organization," McCarthy wrote on his friend's Facebook post.
According to Campus Reform, another Facebook user responded to McCarthy that they were troubled by his comment, based on his position at a public university.
"Your [sic] an associate dean at SDSU? I hope your CR [College Republicans] chapter is watching your statements and actions closely," the other Facebook user wrote. “If your [sic] making outrageous statements like this in public I can only imagine what you are saying and doing behind the scenes."
SDSU College Republicans President Brandon Jones explained in a statement that the organization was no stranger to dealing with liberal bias at the university.
"SDSU College Republicans strongly condemn the comments made by SDSU Associate Dean Patrick McCarthy comparing the right-wing conservatives in America to a known terrorist organization (ISIS) who [sic] has killed hundreds, if not thousands of people across the world," Jones said. "This is intellectually dishonest, especially from an associate dean at an institution of higher education. Statements like these inaccurately paint a picture of College Republicans at San Diego State and across the nation.
"All too often professors contribute to politically motivated violence toward conservative students in the classroom where they continuously preach their views, as opposed to teach the coursework,” he added. "The SDSU CRs ask Patrick McCarthy to apologize to our organization for contributing to violence against Conservatives on campus."
This is the latest in a series of incidents targeting conservatives on college campuses across the United States. Princeton University professor Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor engaged in a verbal barrage of insults toward President Donald Trump during a commencement speech in May. A professor at the Art Institute of Washington also lashed out at Republicans last month, stating on his Facebook that House Republicans who voted for the American Health Care Act "should be lined up and shot."