After a traveler gave up their seat for a uniformed member of the military, a Drexel professor said he was disgusted by the act.
The internet reacted to the comments with disgust.
George Ciccariello, a visiting researcher at the National Autonomous University of Mexico had a swift backlash against him on Twitter after stating that he had a bad taste in his mouth after witnessing the kind act.
On March 26, Ciccariello tweeted “Some guy gave up his first class seat for a uniformed soldier. People are thanking him. I’m trying not to vomit or yell about Mosul.”
Ben Shapiro, the conservative writer replied: “Because you’re a douchebag?”
Washington Times columnist Madison Gesiotto was blocked by Ciccariello on Twitter, she said “Maybe he’s busy vomiting.”
Not the first time:
Ciccariello was criticized because of his tweets before. In 2015, he wrote “Abolish the White Race” and said Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof “put into practice what many white Americans already think.” While in December 2016, he referred to two men in a viral video as “Racist Crackers.”
Despite Ciccariello’s account being protected but several of the more inflammatory messages have been archived.
In a statement to Fox 29, the professor said “Two days after U.S. airstrikes incinerated an estimated 200 civilians in the Iraqi city of Mosul, I sent a personal tweet in reaction to what I considered a smug and self-congratulatory gesture by a first-class passenger toward a uniformed soldier. Maybe predictably, my tweet has since been fed into and misrepresented by the outrage machine that is right-wing media. Needless to say, my personal views expressed off-campus have absolutely nothing to do with those of my employer, Drexel University.”
The news station was told by a university spokesman that the professor’s comments “are his own opinion and do not represent the University’s views. Drexel is committed to and vigorously supports our ROTC students, student veterans and alumni who have served in the military. Our support for student veterans has helped us create an inclusive campus culture that honors service and Drexel’s deep connection to American military history.”