A self-identified Democratic socialist professor was ridiculed all over the internet after she tweeted about wanting to hug and comfort former President George W. Bush in the wake of his father's death.
What did the professor say?
On Wednesday, professor Claire Potter of the New School in New York City, wrote, "I opposed George W. Bush in all things for eight years. Now, all I can think about is that he has lost both parents in one year, and I just want to hug him."
I opposed George W. Bush in all things for eight years. Now, all I can think about is that he has lost both parents in one year, and I just want to hug him.
— Claire Potter (@TenuredRadical) December 5, 2018
The backlash to Potter's tweet was fast and furious.
One user wrote, "Sounds about white."
Another added, "I mean, he sat his hands while Black people were being drowned by Katrina, but okay. You do you."
"The fact that you are a professor of history is very, very distressing," another user quipped.
Yet another responded, "Now he only has to lose 999,998 other loved ones to understand the impact of his war crimes."
How did the professor respond?
Potter, clearly shocked by the negative blowback from expressing a simple identification with a human emotion — with zero politics in tow — responded with two classy tweets.
In one, the professor wrote, "Re. today's Twitter event: my best advice when involved in a Twitter dispute, or when voicing feelings about others, is from Luke 6:31: 'Do to others as you would have them do to you.' I don't always remember that, but when I do I am never ashamed of my words or actions."
She later added, "And seriously — who would you prefer to be loved by, God or Twitter?"
And seriously -- who would you prefer to be loved by, God or Twitter?
— Claire Potter (@TenuredRadical) December 6, 2018
(H/T: Campus Reform)