Lars Maischak, a history professor from the Fresno branch of California State University, made national headlines when he posted a flurry of tweets calling for the assassination of Donald Trump and the murder of Republicans and their supporters.
Now, Maischak is being investigated by the Secret Service and has gone into hiding due to fear for his personal safety.
In late February Maischak took to Twitter to state that “To save American democracy, Trump must hang. The sooner and the higher, the better. #TheResistance #DeathToFascism.”
That tweet would appear to clearly constitute a threat to the President of the United States, a Class E felony punishable by up to five years in prison and $250,000 in fines.
Maischak wasn’t done, however. Some of his follow-up tweets (he was definitely on a roll) included the following:
“Has anyone started soliciting money and design drafts for a monument honoring the Trump assassin, yet?”
“Justice = The execution of two Republicans for each deported immigrant.”
“#TheResistance Mercy towards racists was always the fatal weakness of good Americans. 1865, 1965, they left too many of them alive.”
“#WhenCaliforniaSecedes, You Fascist Trump-voting white trash scum can wallow in your filthy hell-holes of flyover states. Enjoy.”
“#TheResistance A democracy must not be tolerant of those who want to abolish democracy. It must vigorously defend itself. Ban the @GOP.”
Maischak’s tweets about saving American democracy and not tolerating those who want to “abolish democracy” seem especially ironic, since it has been Lefties like himself who have refused to abide by the outcome of the 2016 election.
In true weasel fashion, Maischak is now trying to apologize and walk back his tweets.
Maischak, in a written statement, said “I ask forgiveness of those who felt threatened or offended by them. It was never my intent to harm anyone, nor to encourage others to harm anyone.”
“I never expected them to be read by anyone but a close circle of acquaintances who would know to place them in their context,” Maischak continued.
Hmmm. Seems as if Professor Maischak was ready to act the tough-guy when he was making his incendiary remarks to what he thought was a small circle of like-minded friends. Now that his statements have made national news, and with the Secret Service suddenly taking a great interest in him, Mr. Maischak has found a dark corner somewhere to hide.