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Professor's Tweet About Soldier Sparks Outrage

| by Lauren Briggs

Drexel University professor George Ciccariello-Maher was not happy when he saw an airplane passenger give up his first class seat for a person in uniform, so he aired his feelings about it on Twitter.

It was not well received by all.

"Some guy gave up his first class seat for a uniformed soldier," the Pennsylvania teacher, who is a visiting researcher at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, wrote on Twitter on March 26, according to the Daily Mail. "People are thanking him. I’m trying not to vomit or yell about Mosul."

The professor's account is private, but the Daily Mail obtained screenshots of the controversial remark.

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Not all of his followers appreciated the comment.

"[D]rexel [U]niversity should fire Prof George Ciccariello-Maher for his 'tried not to vomit' comment," wrote one Twitter user. "DO NOT SEND YOU KIDS TO DREXEL UNIV."

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Another Twitter user, who identified herself as the mother of a wounded soldier, told the educator to "GO TO HELL!"

"I'm sorry you need attention," said another. "It's adorable, but let's see you say that to a marine's face. Tweet after you do, if you can…."

Another encouraged him to "leave this country anytime," and said they hope he is fired for his words.

The is not the first time Ciccariello-Maher, who specializes in political theory and Latin American studies, as well as issues related to colonialism, social movements and race and racism, has come under fire for making an inflammatory comment, Most notably, he caused a backlash for tweeting in December that he wanted "White Genocide" for Christmas.

Drexel University responded to Ciccariello-Maher's soldier tweet and said in a statement to the New York Daily News that it "vigorously supports … ROTC students, students on active duty and reserve, student veterans and alumni who have served in the military."

"Our support for student veterans has helped us create an inclusive campus culture that honors service and Drexel’s deep connection to American military history," the statement continued.

The controversial professor also released a statement to the media outlet, saying his comment, which was made outside of the school, was "misrepresented by the outrage machine that is right-wing media."

"I respect anyone who makes difficult and dangerous decisions out of economic necessity -- whether they are public school teachers, construction workers, economic migrants, or young soldiers," he said. "What I don't respect is a brutal invasion and occupation of Iraq that has not made our world any safer -- a war that has taken advantage of economically disadvantaged Americans, a war that has given the world ISIS, and a war that has wrought carnage like that seen in Mosul and elsewhere."

Sources: Daily Mail, New York Post / Photo Credit: U.S. Navy/Wikimedia Commons, George Ciccariello/Twitter, Robert Henry/Twitter via Daily Mail, Lisa Smith/Twitter via Daily Mail, Christian Hockley/Twitter via Daily Mail, Shawn Palomo/Twitter via Daily Mail

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