NEW JERSEY – The New Jersey Republican Party recently issued a statement decrying state Governor Phil Murphy’s silence with regard to hinted death threats made against President Donald Trump Collingswood Democratic County Committeeman Chris Emrich.
Chairman @DSteinhardtEsq: I can’t believe it’s come to this, but NJ deserves a Governor who will condemn calls for the assassination of the sitting President of the United States. https://t.co/yRHPLW9zl6
— New Jersey GOP (@NJGOP) November 6, 2020
While other Democrats in the state have spoken out against these remarks made by Emrich, apparently Governor Murphy has yet to comment on the debacle.
Collingswood Democrat Chris Emrich recently took to Twitter while commenting on a thread pertaining to the Lincoln Project, which the project was an endeavor to sway more moderate Republicans into supporting Joe Biden for president.
When commenting on said thread, Emrich reportedly suggested that the following should be entertained:
“Need a John Wilkes Booth project.”
A New Jersey Democrat from Camden County, Chris Emrich, responded to someone on social media who was bashing the Lincoln project, by saying "we need a John Wilkes Booth project". So even as they are on verge of stealing an election from Trump, they are still wishing death on him
— Stonewall Jackson (@1776Stonewall) November 5, 2020
For the sake of context, John Wilkes Booth was the man said to have assassinated President Lincoln at the Ford’s Theatre back on April 14th of 1865.
Thus, the comment has been interpreted as an endorsement of the idea that President Trump should be assassinated.
Democrats want committeeman who hinted at Trump assassination to resign – New Jersey Globe https://t.co/mLk7BVc9h6
— Louis Cappelli Jr (@LouisCappelliJr) November 4, 2020
Democratic state Senator James Beach, who serves as the Camden County Democratic Chairman, apparently wants Emrich ousted from his position:
“While we do not support President Trump or his disastrous administration, the idea that someone would apparently threaten the life of a sitting President, regardless of party, is unconscionable, dangerous, and antithetical to our democratic values.”
Senator Beach further noted that Emrich’s sort of rhetoric has “no place” within the committee he serves in:
“The disgraceful and dangerous tweet from Chris Emrich below in which he apparently calls for the assassination of Donald Trump exemplifies the dire state of American affairs and has no place in our Democratic Committee.”
— The Hill (@thehill) November 5, 2020
Emrich is reportedly refusing to resign from his position, referring to his comments online as nothing more than a “dumb joke”:
“Like a lot of people, I’ve been stressed out following the election and I made a stupid joke. I’m going to own it. I made a dumb joke on Twitter. I’m embarrassed. It’s something I’m not proud of.”
But the silence coming from Governor Murphy’s office is what has the NJGOP most unnerved. In a statement drafted by NJGOP Doug Steinhardt, the following was noted:
“Governor Murphy is the head of the Democratic Party in New Jersey, so when one of his acolytes calls for the assassination of a sitting President, he has a moral, ethical and professional responsibility to speak out against it.”
Steinhardt’s statement continued from there, alleging that Governor Murphy’s lack of a comment on the matter is tantamount to an act “unbecoming” of the office he holds:
“His failure to do so thus far is shameful, unbecoming of his office, and an obvious sign that he’s been taken captive by the most radical elements of his party.”
Agreed. As much as I believe the Trump administration has been a complete disaster, there is no place for comments like that from our elected leaders. We have to police our own.
— Jami D'Stasio (@iCubist) November 5, 2020
When characterizing the modern Democratic party and the behavior that exists within active party members, Steinhardt’s claims that the fringe elements of the party have assumed roles that essentially conduct what is and is not acceptable behavior within the party:
“These far left groups in the Democratic party are clearly driving his policy agenda, and now anti-Trump fantacism has overcome basic civic decorum. I can’t believe it’s come to this, but New Jersey deserves a Governor who will condemn calls for the assassination of the sitting President of the United States.”
As of November 7th, Governor Murphy has yet to address the comments made by Emrich.
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This sort of rhetoric lodged against President Trump – and often his supporters – is nothing new by any means.
In fact, in West Virginia, a university professor was caught wishing death to Trump supporters back in September while holding a online class for her students.
Here’s that previous report.
HUNTINGTON, WV – A Marshall University professor was recently placed on administrative leave (although it’s unclear whether it’s paid leave or not) after making some rather disparaging remarks about Trump supporters.
More specifically, this professor said she wished they would all die before the election in November.
Prof on leave after saying in class she hopes Trump supporters 'die before the election' https://t.co/LA92dNTPS8
— Campus Reform (@campusreform) September 18, 2020
Jennifer Mosher is described, according to the MU website, as an assistance professor for the university.
In a video clip that surfaced from one of the virtual classroom sessions held where Mosher was speaking, she stated the following:
“Yesterday he held one inside. Nobody wore a mask. And I’ve become the type of person where I hope they all get it and die.”
The clip where Mosher is speaking, she appears to be making reference to President Trump holding some sort of rally and then making reference to the infamous virus tied to the pandemic. Mosher continued said ranting in the video, reiterating the death wishes:
“You can’t argue with them, you can’t talk sense into them. 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.”
— Eric Kutcher (@herdanesthesia) September 17, 2020
After going on said rant, Mosher seemed to have caught herself going a little too deep – but also realized things perhaps a little too late – when she stated:
“Anyhow…okay…I’m going to stop talking about politics. Cause I really should not be talking politics in here.”
It didn’t take long for the university to catch wind of the video in question, and they responded relatively quickly with the following:
“Marshall University this morning announced it is aware of an overtly political statement made by a faculty member in a recent virtual classroom session and widely circulated on social media. 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.”
From there, the university’s statement noted that Mosher was placed on leave and they were looking into the matter:
“The professor was removed from the classroom yesterday and is on administrative leave, pending an investigation. There will be no further comment on this personnel matter at this time.”
The official Twitter account for MU also shared the statement online as well, which some are responding that the professor needs to be fire over the controversy.
Some are also critical on what this “administrative leave” is that the professor has been placed on. One person commented on the actions taken by the university with the following:
“Translation: she’ll be allowed to lay low for awhile and will quietly return to the classroom when the public isn’t watching.”
Sadly, you are probably correct.
— ?? Hoosier 4 Trump ?? (@klowe35) September 18, 2020
Some also noted that there’s hardly anything “scholarly” in engaging in a diatribe where they simply wish death upon those they perceive as detractors from their ideology:
“LEAVE?????? It wished DEATH upon people it disagrees with! How is that scholarly? It should be fired and never rehired. This is disgusting and revolting!”
There are also those that are questioning why there needs to be any sort of consideration with Mosher’s employment status at the school:
“She should be terminated, not just put on administrative leave. Why would the university want to employ someone spewing poison into the minds of students? I wonder how many will reconsider sending their kids there knowing this professor is part of the staff.”
Well I'm sure many that run the school feel the same exact way, that's why they will quietly reinstate her when they think its blown over. Our colleges and universities have turned into liberal cesspools.
— ??Jami Dee B-Constitutional Chick ?? 6% (@BernatDee) September 18, 2020
Another user responded to the aforementioned, thinking that, in reality, the university may actually silently approve of what Mosher stated during the video:
“Well I’m sure many that run the school feel the same exact way, that’s why they will quietly reinstate her when they think its blown over. Our colleges and universities have turned into liberal cesspools.”
Whether this is brushed under the rug or legitimately handled is anyone’s guess at this point.
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