A 64-year-old man opened fire on a massive crowd in Las Vegas last Sunday killing nearly five dozen and injuring more than 500 others. Police believe the shooter was a "lone wolf," and committed the crime on his own. However, just miles from where the crime took place, a history professor is pinning the crime on someone else: President Donald Trump.
What did the professor say?
University of Nevada-Las Vegas assistant professor Tess Winkelmann was caught on camera telling her History 407 students that Trump is partially responsible for the crime because he has only "encouraged violence" while in office. Campus Reform published the video.
She said: "When he got elected, I told my classes three semesters ago, some of us won’t be affected by this presidency, but others are going to die. Other people will die because of this. And we've seen this happen, right? I don’t know whether these events would have inevitably happened whether or not he got elected, but he has the same rhetorical powers every president has, to encourage or discourage, right? So far, all he has done is to encourage violence."
Winkelmann also slammed Trump's threats against North Korea, while alleging Trump has threatened nuclear war with the country, saying "words, especially coming from someone who is the president, have consequences."
What did students think?
One UNLV student, who anonymously spoke to Campus Reform, told the publication of the professor's comments:
We just experienced one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history. It’s a mile away, and we don’t know what happened, we don’t know why it happened, and we’re pushing political agendas, and that’s what this is about, taking advantage of the situation for political belief, when we should be uniting, healing as a community.
At every chance the president got, he condemned this violence. The professor is taking away from the dialogue that should be happening to attack the president. Professors are in a position of trust, and they’re abusing it to promote their political ideology or agenda. I think it’s dangerous when you blame the president for a massacre, and basically shut down students who disagree.
A second student echoed that sentiment:
I think it is despicable that a professor at an institute of higher learning, one that is located in the same city in which this attack occurred, would use her platform to spew such hatred and divisive rhetoric.
However, the second student told Campus Reform that the "professor had previously made comments in opposition to Trump."