A sociology professor at the University of California, Merced, apparently afraid of a battle of wits with Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro, voiced to his class that he’d rather battle him in “some sort of an MMA [mixed martial arts] thing.”
Campus Reform obtained three unique audio recordings of a professor identified by students as Fernando Cortes Chirino in which he fulminated that Shapiro is “a**hole white supremacist” while bragging that he would enjoy “ripping this fool’s shoulder out of his socket.”
Chirino referred to The New York Times article that called Shapiro a “gladiator,” telling the class, “I wouldn’t debate him, because being in the same room as that fool is putting this nonsense fascist ideologue on equal footing with me, using my real degree to legitimize garbage politics that are at best nonsensical. However, I love how the liberal media is setting this guy up as a gladiator who battles to win young conservatives,” adding that “some of you might be connected with some of the conservatives here” who raised $40,000 for an event sponsored by campus conservatives.
Chirino ranted, “Gladiator? You should pass this around. While I won’t debate this fool, why don’t you all set up some sort of an MMA thing between me and him. And then, the winner can take those $40,000 and give them to whatever charity they want . . . gladiator my ass. I am completely down for this charity match. Oh I am completely down with that. I got all day. I wouldn’t enjoy ripping this fool’s shoulder out of his socket? Oh my god, you all don’t know. You all don’t know. For charity!”
Harry Duran, president of the UC-Merced College Republicans, ripped Chirino, asserting to Campus Reform:
The recording of a University of California lecturer stating how they would enjoy inflicting harm upon Ben Shapiro deeply disturbs the College Republicans at UC Merced. Shapiro, [along with] all members of the UC Merced College Republicans, were repeatedly called ‘white supremacists’ and ‘fascists’ during Fernando Chirino's lecture. This spreading of false and harmful information to the students of UC Merced not only labels Republican club members in a horrific fashion, but destroys the fabric of our intellectual space.
Duran added that universities and public institutions “should remain platforms for open discourse."