Fresno State Cancels Lecturer’s Classes After Breitbart News Report on ‘Trump Must Hang’ Tweet
by AWR HAWKINS
13 Apr 2017
On Thursday, Fresno State University canceled lecturer Lars Maischak’s scheduled classes for the next week. The cancellation comes amid a Secret Service investigation that followed a Breitbart News report on Maischak’s “Trump must hang” tweet.
On April 8, Breitbart News reported that the tweet, which has since been pulled, said:
To save American democracy, Trump must hang. The sooner and the higher, the better. #TheResistance#DeathToFascismhttps://t.co/DSsV53sbO2
— Lars Maischak (@LarsMaischak) February 18, 2017
Later that same day, the Fresno Bee quoted Maischak dismissing the Breitbart report, saying, “The function of articles like the one produced by Breitbart and affiliates is to whip up a digital lynch-mob of people sending threats and insults to my email and Twitter accounts, with the ultimate goal of silencing dissenters.”
On April 10, Maischak emailed the Bee to say that university president Joseph Castro was “allowing himself to be instrumentalized for a right-wing smear campaign” if he took the Breitbart News report to heart.