Why One Professor's Anti-Trump Rant Almost Got This Student Expelled
Remember when conservatives railed against "safe spaces"? At Orange Coast College, one young Republican was so offended, he Facebooked a teacher's impassioned anti-Trump lecture, which almost ended up costing him "bigly."
“Our nation is divided. We have been assaulted. It is an act of terrorism,” human sexuality teacher Olga Perez Stable Cox told students.
Cox also labeled Trump's election “an act of terrorism.”
“One of the most frightening things for me, and most people in my life, is that the people who are committing the assault are among us,” she added, and went on to discuss Trump's vice cabinet picks and VP-elect Mike Pence.
“A white supremacist and a vice president that is one of the most anti-gay humans in this country,” she said.
One Republican student, Josh Recalde-Martinez, called the lecture "indoctrination,” rather than education. He did not take the video, but posted it to the Facebook page of his College Republicans' group. It went viral, and Recalde-Martinez may have inadvertently spread a very convincing case against Trump.
But the professor was still not pleased. After the video went viral, the professor’s union issued a warning Thursday against Recalde-Martinez and the Orange Coast Republicans:
“This is an illegal recording without the permission of the instructor. The student will be identified and may be facing legal action.”
“They wanted it to be known so that maybe we would get scared and take down the video. But to the union I want to say we are not gonna be doing that,” said Recalde-Martinez, who has since hired a lawyer.
“The unions are acting like thugs, like bullies themselves,” said Recalde-Martinez's attorney Shawn Steel.
“Every student knows.. [if] you stand up to your professor, 90 percent of the time the professor’s going to punish you,” said Steel.
The following day, the union decided that they did not intend to pursue legal action. But for the student who posted the rant, that wasn't enough.
"We want to believe statements that Cox said are not going to be able to happen again," Recalde-Martinez told Fox News in an appearance with his lawyer.