A San Diego State University professor is facing a lot of criticism after he posted that he was ‘annoyed’ by the good wishes for Arizona Senator John McCain, who was diagnosed with brain cancer last week.
In a nearly 300 word Facebook post, Jonathan Graubart, a professor in political science, called the Republican Senator, who was captured and tortured during the Vietnam war, a ‘war criminal.’
“McCain is a war criminal and, more to the point someone who as a politician has championed horrifying actions and been lousy on state commitment to public health. So dying or not, he’s a visible public figure (I have no idea what he is like on the personal level and don’t care),” Graubart posted.
The controversial remarks are centered around the professor’s belief that society cares more about the elites than ‘ordinary lives’ using Senator McCain’s diagnosis as an example.
“But ultimately what troubles me is the urge to send such well wishes to an utter stranger as it reinforces the notion that some lives are more important than others. There are lots of people with glioblastoma and who have died from it (including my mother twenty years ago),” he added.
Since the post published last Friday, the professor has received tons of backlash. The SDSU’s College Republicans responded condemning his actions and called on the university to end ‘leftist’ culture on campus.
“As an academic authority at SDSU, Dr. Graubart’s sickening lack of respect towards Senator McCain will not be tolerated by our organization and should not be tolerated by university administration.” the College Republicans said.
The university gave this statement regarding the issue.
“The viewpoints expressed by students, faculty and staff on their personal social media pages do not reflect the views of the university. We respect and appreciate Senator John McCain’s service to our country during both his military and public service careers and we wish him the very best in his battle with cancer. ”
The university has a recent history of faculty slamming Republicans. Just last month, the SDSU Associate Dean, Patrick McCarthy, compared the Republican party to an ‘extremist terrorist organization.’