It didn’t take long for the hate mail to flood her inbox.
After Olga Perez Stable Cox, a professor at Orange County College, was video recorded during her class calling Donald Trump’s November 8th win “an act of terrorism,” she’s been met with fierce criticism and haunting death threats. And now, she needs a safe space.
The response may be over the top, but so was Cox’s reaction to Trump’s victory.
In the video posted on social media, the professor called Vice President-elect Mike Pence “one of the most anti-gay humans in this country.”
“We are in for a difficult time,” Cox continued her rant about Trump’s historic upset. “But again, I think we can get past that. We have been assaulted. It’s an act of terrorism.”
Students slammed the professor after the semester was over because what wasn’t included in the video was Cox provoking Trump supporting students and shaming them for their political beliefs.
“She was saying dehumanizing things about Trump supporters,” student Tanner Webb said about Cox wanting Trump supporters in her class to stand up and identify themselves. “And nobody felt like they could stand up. Me, in fear of my grade. And then she said, ‘I bet none of you will stand up because you’re embarrassed for yourselves. The rest of the class should look out for them and know who to protect themselves from.’”
In an interview with the Washington Post, Cox said that after fleeing her home and then returning, life hasn’t yet returned to normal.
“Now, at 66, I’m paranoid,” Cox said. “It doesn’t feel good at all to be looking over my shoulder and wondering when an unfamiliar car pulls up across the street whether they’re going to take a picture of me or something worse — but that’s my life now. I feel like I’ve been attacked by a mob of people all across the country.”
The OCC professor continued, “If they’re telling me over and over again that they want to shoot me in the face, how am I supposed to know if they’re going to do it or not?”
Welcome to the Conservative lifestyle, Ms. Cox. Doesn’t it suck to be ridiculed and threatened endlessly for your political views and beliefs?
It’s sad that you now fear for your safety, but one this all simmers down, you can use this as a valuable life lesson. It hurts your conservative and Republican students when you demonize the leaders they admire and mock their values.
I hate to say it, but sometimes you need a taste of your own medicine to understand the damage of your actions.