After the passing of former first lady Barbara Bush on Tuesday, April 17th, 2018, many took to social media accounts to express their condolences, and reminisce about the wonderful memories of the former first lady. Even those across the political battlefield (Barack Obama and Bill Clinton) felt the necessity to send their condolences, along with celebrating the tremendous life of an exceptional person.
Our statement on the passing of Former First Lady Barbara Bush: pic.twitter.com/MhTVYCL9Nj
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 18, 2018
Barbara Bush was a remarkable woman. She had grit & grace, brains & beauty. She was fierce & feisty in support of her family & friends, her country & her causes. She showed us what an honest, vibrant, full life looks like. Hillary and I mourn her passing and bless her memory.
— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) April 17, 2018
Shortly after the announcement, it was apparent that not every person in the world wanted to show the same humility for the Bush family.
A California State University of Fresno English professor, Randa Jarrar, ignited extreme backlash from social media after posting a tweet that depicted Barbara Bush as an “amazing racist” and bigot.
Will REPUGNANT Fresno State Prof. Randa Jarrar EVER face the music? https://t.co/xzhLqFPBpM
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) April 18, 2018
“Barbara Bush was a generous and smart and amazing racist who, along with her husband, raised a war criminal,” (Jarrar’s Tweet)
Jarrar’s twitter rant went on to accuse the former first lady of raising a “war criminal.” She eventually ended her twitter escapade with saying “she is happy the witch is dead.”
“I’m happy the witch is dead. can’t wait for the rest of her family to fall to their demise the way 1.5 million iraqis have. byyyeeeeeee.” (Jarrar’s Tweet)
This is how Randa Jarrar, a tenured professor at Fresno State, reacted to the passing of Barbara Bush. These are the same kind of people indoctrinating our youth on college campuses. pic.twitter.com/srz7rq9uMA
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) April 18, 2018
Randa Jarrar’s horrendous comments were made just an hour after Barbara Bush’s passing became official to the public.
Jarrar’s tweets seemingly overnight, drew thousands of responses and interactions from outraged patrons, condemning her awful hate speech, along with calling for her removal from the university. The immense amounts of criticism didn’t stop Randa Jarrar from more disrespect, remaining completely unapologetic over the situation.
She continued to engage those opposing her vile speech, later sending a tweet saying that she will be happy that “George W. Bush is probably really sad right now.”
Her twitter profile was later changed to a private account.
"Our first Canky goes to Randa…Randa someone close to you needs to stage an intervention. You seriously need psychological help." @dbongino gives one of this week's #Cankys to @Fresno_State Professor Randa Jarrar, who spewed vile rhetoric about Former First Lady Barbara Bush. pic.twitter.com/4LzSFjXgVr
— NRATV (@NRATV) April 19, 2018
With the thousands of people continuing to call for the professor’s firing, Jarrar still remained extremely cocky about her current situation. Boasting the fact that she is a “tenured professor” and “can’t be fired” for her political views, along with making it clear to the public that she makes $100,000 a year, and that her University president will agree.
“I will always have people wanting to hear what I have to say.” (Farrar’s Tweet)
“LOL let me help you. You should tag my president @JosephlCastro. What I love about being an American professor is my right to free speech, and what I love about Fresno State is that I always feel protected and at home here,” (Farrar’s Tweet)
— Fresno State (@Fresno_State) April 18, 2018
On Wednesday, university president Joseph Castro spoke on the situation with Randa Jarrar.
“Her comments are beyond free speech. This was disrespectful.”
“A professor with tenure does not have blanket protection to say and do what they wish,” he said. “We are all held accountable for our actions.” Said Castro.
As of right now, Jarrar remains on a leave of absence from the university, and will not be teaching any of her scheduled classes for the remaining of the ongoing semester.
Frankly, a person capable of this much hate should never be able to hold or even be in the position to teach and shape young minds.
FIRE RANDA JARRAR!
This is Randa Jarrar.
She’s a professor at Fresno State. Yesterday she celebrated the death of Barbara Bush.
— I am the NRA (@HBronnenberg2) April 19, 2018