Ohio profs label GOP lawmakers 'extremists'

  • Larry and Marjorie Nadler, both former professors at Miami University in Ohio, have a few bones to pick with the "harsh economic views" of Republican lawmakers.
  • One GOP state representative, Candice Keller, has had her house pelted with feminine hygiene products, received death threats, and had fake accounts used to smear her on social media.

Husband and wife Larry and Marjorie Nadler, both former professors at Ohio’s Miami University, have accused State Rep. Candice Keller (R), U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson (R-Ohio), and President Donald Trump of “extremism.”

In an editorial in The Miami Student, the couple cites Davidson’s views on climate change, “lack of inclusiveness,” and “harsh economic views" as evidence that he is an extremist.

"If you don’t agree with their point of view, that’s considered extreme to them."   

They also blast to Trump for a “failure to condemn the KKK/neo-Nazis/white supremacists in an unambiguous and sincere manner” following the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, as an example of his extreme views.

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Keller’s political views appear to particularly irritate them, and they condemn the state representative for everything from her “use of far right imagery” to her use of statistics from the Center for Immigration Studies, which the controversial Southern Poverty Law Center claims is a “hate group.”

According to Amanda Parsley, Keller’s legislative aid, “the Nadlers have been trying to cause fights on [Keller’s] social media pages for over a year now.”

In addition to the Nadlers, protesters have thrown feminine hygiene products at Keller’s home, sent her death threats, and created imposter social media accounts to smear her.

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While Keller has decided not to dignify their “type of dialogue” with an official response, Parsley spoke with Campus Reform about some of the accusations in the editorial.  

“Being in academia, they have their point of view that they believe they have a moral high ground on. If you don’t agree with their point of view, that’s considered extreme to them,” Parsley said, referring to the couple’s mention of Keller’s “support for the utterly uncompromising economic stance of the Freedom Caucus.”

Four of the Nadlers' accusations touch on Keller’s bill, HB179, to penalize local government officials who defy federal immigration law, which the couple refers to as “the possible imprisonment of elected officials in sanctuary cities.”

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“We are a nation of laws. We can’t have elected officials at a local level trying to defy national law,” Parsley told Campus Reform.

The couple also hammered a social media post by Keller equating Planned Parenthood with Nazi eugenics as an example of her extremism, though Parsley said that Keller made the comparison to “elevate both things to a level of disgust.”

The Nadlers claimed in their editorial that officials like Keller prevent the American political system from functioning by exhibiting “political zealotry,” which Parsley dismissed as a form of political intolerance.

“Diversity is supposed to be a beautiful thing in our political system. Sometimes it will be difficult to find common ground,” Parsley said. “The progress the Nadlers are claiming we are preventing is the progress they want to see, not necessarily the progress that’s right for Ohio.”

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Sandor Farkas is a Collegiate Network Fellow at Campus Reform. Prior to starting this fellowship, he was a Tikvah Fellow. Farkas earned a degree in history from Dartmouth College, where he was editor-in-chief of The Dartmouth Review. Farkas also serves as an officer in the Virginia Army National Guard.

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