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Fresno State Won’t Condemn Professor Who Rejoiced Over Barbara Bush’s Death

On Tuesday, a far-left professor at Fresno State University cheered the death of former first lady Barbara Bush and then bragged about being immune to any sort of disciplinary action from the school.

Shortly after Randa Jarrar sent out a series of tweets that rejoiced in Bush’s death and celebrated the suffering of her family, Fresno State President Joesph I. Castro released the following statement:

On behalf of Fresno State, I extend my deepest condolences to the Bush family on the loss of our former First Lady, Barbara Bush.

We share the deep concerns expressed by others over the personal comments made today by Professor Randa Jarrar, a professor in the English Department at Fresno State. Her statements were made as a private citizen, not as a representative of Fresno State.

Professor Gerard’s express personal views and commentary are obviously contrary to the core values of our University, which include respect and empathy for individuals with divergent points of view, and a sincere commitment to mutual understanding and progress.

The key line in Fresno State’s statement is: “Her statements were made as a private citizen, not as a representative of Fresno State.” That line most likely signals that the university is not going to take a hard stand over the hateful remarks from this professor who mocked the death of an American icon and rejoiced in the suffering of her family.

Jarrar ignited a firestorm when she tweeted: “Barbara Bush was a generous and smart and amazing racist who, along with her husband, raised a war criminal. F**k outta here with your nice words.”

The full report of the comments she made celebrating the death of the Bush can be viewed here.