Randa Jarrar, a self-described Muslim who's a professor at Fresno State University, gleefully cheered the death of former first lady Barbara Bush, tweeting: "I'm happy the witch is dead and I can't wait for the rest of her family to fall to their demise". "F*** outta here with your nice words", the professor tweeted. "All the hate I'm getting nearly made me forget how happy I am that George W. Bush is probably really sad right now", she cooed. Her Twitter biography identifies her as "on leave from Fresno State". "Can we stop acting like it matters to anyone but a family of war criminals?"
Castro released a statement on the school's website Tuesday evening denouncing Jarrar's comments while extending "deepest condolences to the Bush family" following the 92-year-old Bush matriarch's death at her Houston home.
She went on to she is "happy" knowing former President George W. Bush is "probably really sad right now". Students, other professors, and the broader Twitter community should feel free to vocalize their disapproval of her comments, but Jarrar shouldn't lose her job or be formally sanctioned by Fresno officials. Last June, Jarrar tweeted, "I don't give a single fuck" in response to tweet from Politico reporter Rachael Bade about House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R., La.) fighting for his life after he was shot in the hip.
But this statement has not satisfied the many conservatives on Twitter who want Fresno to fire her. I will never be fired.
"I have always had great respect for Fresno State, but if @randajarrar and the institution value hate speech through the mockery and celebration of Americans dying, I refuse to associate".
Shortly afterwards Jarrar set her Twitter account to private, and shortly after Fresno State President Joseph Castro, who she included in one of the inflammatory tweets, distanced the university from her remarks. She referred to them in another tweet, writing, "If you'd like to know what it's like to be an Arab American Muslim American woman with some clout online expressing an opinion, look at the racists going insane in my mentions right now", according to the Bee.
The statement added: "Professor Jarrar's expressed personal views are obviously contrary to the core values of our University, which include respect and empathy for individuals with divergent points of view, and a honest commitment to mutual understanding and progress".
Fresno President Joseph Castrosaid in a statement that Jarrar's comments were "made as a private citizen, not as a representative of Fresno State", and "are obviously contrary to the core values of our University, which include respect and empathy for individuals with divergent points of view, and a honest commitment to mutual understanding and progress".
In a comment to Breitbart News, Fresno State said that Professor Jarrar has "requested a leave" for the spring semester and will not be teaching classes.
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