California State University's chancellor reportedly called leftist professor Randa Jarrar "disgusting" and "unhinged" in response to her disturbing and disrespectful commentary about the late former first lady Barbara Bush, according to emails obtained by NTK Network.
What's the background?
Jarrar, a Fresno State professor, viciously attacked the legacy of the late Barbara Bush upon learning of the former first lady's death in April.
Jarrar fired off nasty tweets about Bush, her family, and Jarrar's own glee that she was dead. She faced heavy criticism for her comments, but boasted that she couldn't be fired because she was a tenured professor at Fresno State.
While the university's president issued a statement condemning her remarks, he ultimately did not fire Jarrar from her teaching position at the university and said that her remarks were protected by free speech despite many calling for her dismissal.
In an interview conducted after the hubbub died down, Jarrar said that she did not regret her remarks and continues to stand by the comments.
So what's in this email?
In an email communication obtained through a public records request, NTK Network reported that California State University Chancellor Timothy White internally addressed the professor's remarks a day after they blew up on social media.
According to the outlet, White wrote, "Joe [Castro, Fresno State president] brought this disgusting and unhinged professor’s behavior to my attention last evening. The accelerant of social media has made this viral, and the campus is getting pounded on social media."
"Joe immediately released a solid and proper statement last night," White reportedly wrote to several Cal State staff members, including Castro himself.
According to NTK Network, "The rest of White’s email included Castro’s statement and a Fresno Bee news story about Jarrar’s remarks."
The outlet noted that the communication was initially sent by a 2008 Fresno State alumnus who took screenshots of Jarrar's Twitter remarks and requested that the university fire her.