Prof on leave after saying in class she hopes Trump supporters 'die before the election'
In a clip that surfaced on social media, Jennifer Mosher said, “You can’t argue with them, you can’t talk sense into them...I hope they all die before the election."
A Marshall University professor has been placed on leave after saying that she hopes Trump supporters "die before the election."
Jennifer Mosher, a biology professor at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, has been placed on administrative leave after appearing to suggest that she hopes Trump supporters contract coronavirus and "die before the election."
"Yesterday he held one inside. Nobody wore a mask," Mosher says in a clip that surfaced on social media. Mosher appears to be referring to President Donald Trump's recent campaign rally. “And I’ve become the type of person where I hope they all get it and die."
“You can’t argue with them, you can’t talk sense into them,” she explained. “I said to somebody yesterday, I hope they all die before the election. That’s the only saving hope I have right now. Definitely bootlickers."
@WOWK13News Marshall assistant professor Jennifer Mosher hoping Trump supporters die of covid before election. Unreal!! pic.twitter.com/xsw2ECjRIm
— Eric Kutcher (@herdanesthesia) September 17, 2020
Mosher then said she would "stop talking about politics," acknowledging that "I really should not be talking politics."
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On Friday, the university said the professor has been placed on administrative leave.
"The university does not support or condone the use of any of its educational platforms to belittle people or wish harm on those who hold differing political views. The professor was removed from the classroom yesterday and is on administrative leave," the school said.
The university does not support or condone the use of any of its educational platforms to belittle people or wish harm on those who hold differing political views.
The professor was removed from the classroom yesterday and is on administrative leave... https://t.co/kdj9ojDlBj
— Marshall University (@marshallu) September 18, 2020
The university posted a separate statement on its website, acknowledging that the "overtly political" incident occurred "in a recent virtual classroom session." The school said it is conducting an investigation and that there will be "no further comment" at this time.
Campus Reform reached out to Mosher but did not hear back in time for publication.
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