The Georgetown University professor who tweeted that white GOP senators involved in the hearing of SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh "deserve miserable deaths" told the Washington Post that her disturbing tweet was simply an "experiment."
Twitter temporarily suspended professor C. Christine Fair's account after her words went viral, but Georgetown University defended her right to free speech.
What did she say?
The Post reported that Fair said her tweet was an experiment to trap Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
Fair initially tweeted about the Republican senators on Saturday, writing, “Look at thus [sic] chorus of entitled white men justifying a serial rapist’s arrogated entitlement. All of them deserve miserable deaths while feminists laugh as they take their last gasps. Bonus: we castrate their corpses and feed them to swine? Yes.”
“Maybe this was not my most eloquent attempt [at an experiment],” Fair told the Post of her Twitter remarks in an interview published on Monday. “And I will certainly concede I was attempting to make people feel uncomfortable.”
Fair went on to defend her motives, saying that the “idea I’m somehow calling for actual violence is preposterous.”
“I set this up for Tucker Carlson. He proved my experiment,” she added. “It escalated in a way I hadn’t anticipated. But I knew exactly where it was going.”
This is where it gets interesting, right?
Fair apparently checked enough boxes with her rhetoric that it did, indeed, catch Carlson's attention, and he spoke about her remarks Sunday night. Carlson talked about how the left was beginning to broaden its attacks on white men by calling for white genocide.
Tucker Carlson just warned his viewers about liberals advocating for white "genocide" pic.twitter.com/Te2wbpIjBo
— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) October 2, 2018
One of Fair's apparent aims, according to the Post, was for Carlson to use the very term "white genocide."
By Tuesday, the Southern Poverty Law Center was blasting Carlson for using the term on his show and included his remarks in their "Hatewatch" headlines.
Today's @Hatewatch Headlines: Tucker Carlson warns of ‘white genocide’; Teaming up to track alt-right Bitcoin wallets; Reddit ‘quarantines’ white-nationalist subreddits; and more. https://t.co/vpVcuxSH2L
— Southern Poverty Law Center (@splcenter) October 2, 2018
This did nothing to deter Carlson from his previous stance, however.
In a Tuesday statement, Carlson said, “This is Orwellian. A Georgetown professor publicly calls for killing people based on their race, and then suggests ‘we castrate their corpses and feed them to swine.’ I criticize this and wind up on a ‘hate watch’ list?”
The Post added that Fair said her “rhetoric is designed to cause discomfort, not effect anything as naive as positive change in the world."
At the time of this writing, Fair's Twitter account is up and running — and she's back at her rhetoric again.
The university doesn't appear to have any immediate plans to punish the professor for the remarks.
In a Tuesday statement, Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia said:
Since our founding, Georgetown has been dedicated to the free exchange of ideas and robust dialogue.
We protect the right of our community members to exercise their freedom of expression. This does not mean the University endorses the content of their expression. We can and do strongly condemn the use of violent imagery, profanity, and insensitive labeling of individuals based on gender, ethnicity or political affiliation in any form of discourse. Such expressions go against our values.
While the speech of our faculty members is protected, we are deeply committed to having our classrooms and interactions with students be free of bias and geared toward respectful dialogue. We take seriously our obligation to provide welcoming spaces for all students to learn.
If comments made by faculty members are determined to substantially affect their teaching, research, or University service, we will address them through established University procedures outlined in our Georgetown University Faculty Handbook.