Prof. compares Scott Walker to Hitler

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) may be on the right, but not many have compared him to a member of the Third Reich.

That changed earlier this month when Sara Goldrick-Rab, a professor of educational policy studies and sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, likened Walker to Adolf Hitler on Twitter.

Shortly after, Goldrick-Rab tweeted again, labeling Walker and other legislators “fascists” and using the hashtag #SHAME.

Goldrick-Rab continued to tweet about Scott Walker saying, “Mark my words: in order to make an example of me for his campaign, Walker will have me fired within a year. Wish I were wrong.”

She also took a jab at Walker’s lack of a college degree by tweeting, “My 5 year old just busted out with ‘Scott Walker Needs to go to college to get some more knowledge!’ Whoa. She’s way ahead.”

These tweets come in response to the recent passage of Walker’s budget, which he signed into law Monday, which includes removal of tenure for the University of Wisconsin system.

The tweets have several UW-Madison students up in arms.

“I find her comments comparing Governor Walker to Adolf Hitler appalling and reprehensible,” UW-Madison student Anthony Birch said in an interview with Campus Reform.

“Regardless of any personal opinion of Governor Walker, there is absolutely no room in the dialogue surrounding his policies to compare him to a man that was single handedly responsible for the murder of millions of people,” Birch, a senior political science major and chair of the UW-Madison College Republicans, continued.

“While everyone is entitled to their own opinion, it's shameful that a university professor would make this claim about a sitting Governor. Having seen her interactions over the years though I'm sadly not surprised. She continually issues ridiculous claims through her social media accounts but this one has gone way too far,” said Charlie Hoffmann, a senior double majoring in journalism and economics.

“I have no problem with people who disagree with what Governor Walker has done but to compare him to Hitler is out of bounds,” Hoffmann continued.

Campus Reform reached out to Ray Cross, the president of the UW system, for comment but didn’t receive a response in time for publication.

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