Kevin Allred, a leftist professor, wrote on Twitter that he wishes “someone would just shoot” President Donald Trump, creating significant backlash from Trump supporters.
Allred, a former professor at Rutgers University who famously taught a course titled “Politicizing Beyoncé,” wrote on Friday, “Trump is a f***ing joke. this is all a sham. i wish someone would just shoot him outright.” [sic]
Allred then deleted the post, but later seemed to defend his highly controversial comment.
Allred wrote, “saying you wish donald trump was dead is different than making a direct threat against him. just saying.” [sic]
Numerous Trump supporters and concerned Americans heavily criticized Allred for his inflammatory remark and his subsequent defense of his comment.
“@SecretService there yet? Death threats to a sitting @POTUS need to be taken seriously,” one user wrote.
— Cherri (@CherriO_7) July 29, 2017
“Kevin is mentally unstable...needs some serious help!” another user wrote.
Kevin is mentally unstable...needs some serious help!
— Belle (@bestsparklegirl) July 29, 2017
“What is your area of expertise? Applied quackery?” one person replied.
What is your area of expertise? Applied quackery?
— Matthew Newgarden (@newgar) July 29, 2017
“Lets see what @SecretService thinks of that distinction,” another Twitter user said, in reference to Allred’s defense of his original post.
Lets see what @SecretService thinks of that distinction.
— Julia (@JuliaGulia809) July 29, 2017
“To truly wish death upon someone, shows you are severely unbalanced and are in need of psychiatric care... just saying,” wrote another.
To truly wish death upon someone, shows you are severely unbalanced and are in need of psychiatric care... just saying
— Flashback (@USAmericans1st) July 29, 2017
This isn’t the first time Allred has made a controversial comment on Twitter. In November 2016, just days after Trump won the presidential election, Allred wrote, “will the 2nd amendment be as cool when I buy a gun and start shooting atrandom white people or no…?” [sic]
Following that post, as well as an incident in class where Allred brought the American flag to a course so students could destroy it as a way of venting their frustrations about Trump, Allred was put on administrative leave and eventually fired by Rutgers.
Allred has since said he’s a victim of pro-Trump “academic censorship,” which he claims is “especially” a problem “for scholars of color.”