Professor Who Declared Support For Antifa, Resigns From Post
English professor had threatened violence against President Donald Trump
Kirkwood Community College English professor, Jeff Klinzman, was on the “Iowa Antifa” Facebook page when he responded to a post saying he wanted to “clock” President Donald Trump “with a bat.”
Klinzman said, “I affirm that I am ‘Antifa.’”
He said that he didn’t want to apologize for his statement about Trump.
Klinsmann regularly attacked conservatives on his Facebook page.
In one post about evangelical Christians, he said: “Kill them all and bury them deep in the ground."
“It’s not pretty, and I’m not proud, but seeing what evangelical Christians are doing to this country and its people fills me with rage, and a desire to exact revenge,” he wrote.
Kirkwood President Lori Sundberg said officials had engaged with Klinzman, and he had resigned from his post.
According to the statement from the school:
“I understand that our decision to remove Mr. Klinzman from the classroom may be supported by some and criticized by others," Sundberg said.
"I also understand that in today’s climate, some may use this decision to support broader arguments about free speech on college campuses. That’s why I want to be very clear with you the reasoning behind this decision,” she said.
“It is Kirkwood leadership’s assessment that the attention this matter has garnered has the potential to create an environment that is disruptive to our mission."
"Our decision to remove Mr. Klinzman from the classroom has nothing to do with the substance of his views or his right to express them. Rather, our decision is based solely on our commitment to fostering a safe learning environment for our students, faculty, and staff.”
Consideration is being given to declaring ANTIFA, the gutless Radical Left Wack Jobs who go around hitting (only non-fighters) people over the heads with baseball bats, a major Organization of Terror (along with MS-13 & others). Would make it easier for police to do their job!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2019
“I also want to be clear that Kirkwood Community College fully supports Mr. Klinzman’s right to articulate his views in whatever forum he chooses."
"This action does not in any way prevent him from continuing to engage in the expression of free speech."
"However, when the expression of views by him or any member of our community is perceived as placing public safety in jeopardy or hampers our ability to deliver on our mission, we will always do what is necessary in service to our students’ pursuit of a higher education,” she added.
Republican, State Rep. Ashley Hinson, was among many officials expressing disapproval of Klinzman’s views:
“Free speech on college campuses is essential to the free exchange of ideas and our democracy. However, the comments and behavior from this Iowa professor in Cedar Rapids are inexcusable. Advocating for Antifa? Really?” she wrote on Twitter.
Following Klinzman resignation, state Rep. Steven Holt, a Republican, wrote: “Looks like the Kirkwood ‘Antifa professor’ no longer has a job.”
Klinzman later told The Gazette that he wasn’t surprised.
“They talked about how this had broken on Fox, and they were getting thousands of complaints. They were getting threats. People were threatening to burn down the college. They said, ‘We can’t have you coming back this semester,'” he said.
But Klinzman claims his First Amendment rights were violated, and he plans to sue.
“They made it clear—you can resign, or we’ll terminate you,” he said.
Klinzman claims he is not affiliated with Antifa, but he’s opposed to fascism.
"The situation really escalated and changed dramatically and very rapidly,” he said.