What’s going on?
Randa Jarrar, an English professor at California State University Fresno, is under investigation by the university after she tweeted “horrible” and “disrespectful” comments about the late Barbara Bush on Tuesday night.
Catch me up:
After news of the former first lady’s death, Jarrar tweeted, “Barbara Bush was a generous and smart and amazing racist who, along with her husband, raised a war criminal. F*** outta here with your nice words.”
In response to a Twitter backlash, Jarrar said that “as a tenured professor,” she would never be fired. She eventually made her Twitter account private.
What is the school saying?
“We share the deep concerns expressed by others over the personal comments made today by professor Randa Jarrar, a professor in the English Department at Fresno State,” Fresno State President Joseph Castro said in a statement on Tuesday. “Her statements were made as a private citizen, not as a representative of Fresno State.”
Castro hasn’t detailed exactly how the professor is being investigated, but he told the Fresno Bee on Wednesday that "a professor with tenure does not have blanket protection to say and do what they wish.”
While Jarrar has a right to free speech, she doesn’t have the right to be taken seriously when her tweets are so ridiculous.
“All bravado and outrage” was how Glenn summed up Jarrar’s tweets on today’s show. Of course, now she’s locked her account. “That’s how tough she really is,” Glenn said sarcastically.