Kevin Allred, a gender, sexuality, and women’s studies scholar and instructor at Montclair State University, has been fired on Monday after sending out tweets in which he called for someone to shoot President Trump.
In a now-deleted tweet, Allred wrote on Friday, “Trump is a fucking joke. This is all a sham. I wish someone would just shoot him outright.”
Over the weekend, Allred faced some intense blowback from Trump supporters. He then bragged about how many Trump supporters he could block on Twitter.
learning to love and embrace the block button!!! pic.twitter.com/CfOKTCAWYP— Kevin Allred (@KevinAllred) July 30, 2017
Allred apologized on Monday night saying it wasn’t meant to be taken literally.
i regret that my remark out of sheer exhaustion & his admin took away from actual critique i was making. I DON'T WISH ANYONE DEAD. the end.— Kevin Allred (@KevinAllred) July 31, 2017
But it was too late, by late Monday night, Allred announced that he had been fired from Montclair State University before he even had a chance to teach a class.
so FYI...Montclair State has fired me before I even started teaching there. congrats to the Trump trolls. but you're still not special.— Kevin Allred (@KevinAllred) August 1, 2017
He then went on to write, “i’m an amazing teacher–my evaluations & testimonials prove it. if speaking out against Trump’s ‘great America’ keeps me from classrooms…”
won't get my job back but it'll show Trump's minions aren't only folks out there with opinions. and that's a win in my book. LET THEM KNOW.— Kevin Allred (@KevinAllred) August 1, 2017
This is one of the first few cases in which people who hold a lot of animosity for President Trump are facing consequences for calling for violence against him. In May, Kathy Griffin was fired from her New Years hosting gig on CNN for holding an effigy of Donald Trump’s head in an ISIS-inspired photo shoot.
Up until this past month, however, colleges and universities were hesitant to discipline their faculty and staff who are anti-Trump. Instead, they’d punish conservative and libertarian students for any confrontation over speech. The firing of Allred is a sign that professors need to watch what they say about the sitting U.S. President, no matter how much they hate him.