U. of Michigan at Ann Arbor Professor Under Fire After Blog About ‘Hating Republicans’ Is Published

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor professor and chair of the communications department, Susan J. Douglas, has landed squarely in the hot seat after letting  her true feelings about Republicans lose in a recent blog post.

In the posts published on the website, In These Times, Douglas wrote the following:

“I hate Republicans. I can’t stand the thought of having to spend the next two years watching Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Ted Cruz, Darrell Issa, or any of the legions of other blowhards denying climate change, thwarting immigration reform, or championing fetal ‘personhood’”

Republicans and some university officials are none to pleased with her comments. In response to the blog post, the university regent, Andrea Fischer Newman had this to say in a post on Facebook, “As a Republican and a member of the Board of Regents, I find Professor Douglas’ column extremely troubling and offensive.” The University of Michigan community rightly supports and defends a wide variety of viewpoints and a diversity of opinion on all subjects. But this particular column, which expresses and condones hatred toward an entire segment of individuals in our society based solely on their political views, fails to observe an equally important value of our University – respect for the right of others to hold views contrary to our own.”

In response to the criticism of her blog posts, Douglas countered with a statement released last week. She wrote, “I used this rhetorical flourish, in fact, to hold myself up as an example of how really bad our political climate has gotten and how so many of us have gotten locked into fixed political positions. The article’s main point is to bemoan this situation.”

Despite the reaction of Newman and other members of the Republican party, the university hasn’t shown much reaction other than a brief statement made by university spokesman, Rick Fitzgerald. He supported the right for Douglas to express herself and noted it as a cornerstone of the schools values. Fitzgerald also mentioned the importance of expressing views without being afraid of consequences as long as it is done respectfully whether the views are coming from faculty or students.

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