Associate Dean Patrick McCarthy of San Diego State University (SDSU) equated the Republican Party with ISIS in a posting on Facebook. He said that the party, which currently controls the White House and both chambers of Congress an “extremist terrorist organization.” College Republicans (CR) on campus have asked for an apology.
McCarthy posted the accusation while commenting on a Newsweek article that his Facebook friends had shared with him. The article was titled “Right-Wing Extremists Are a Bigger Threat to America Than ISIS.”
McCarthy wrote, “The Republican Party has become an extremist terrorist organization,” while a Facebook friend concurred, writing that Republicans “would rather save themselves than our country.”
However, another respondent on Facebook was less congratulatory. The poster wrote, “You’re an associate dean at SDSU? I hope your CR chapter is watching your statements and actions closely.” He said if McCarthy was ‘making outrageous statements like this in public I can only imagine what you are saying and doing behind the scenes.”
Eventually, the College Republicans examined the Facebook exchange. CR president Brandon Jones condemned McCarthy for the outrageous comments while calling for an apology. “SDSU College Republicans strongly condemn the comments made by SDSU Associate Dean Patrick McCarthy comparing the right-wing conservatives in America to a known terrorist organization (ISIS)…
“This is intellectually dishonest, especially from an Associate Dean at an institution of higher education. Statements like these inaccurately paint a picture of College Republicans at San Diego State and across the nation,” Jones wrote.
Jones wrote “this incident is not the only time SDSU CRs have faced liberal bias on campus by students or faculty. All too often professors contribute to politically motivated violence towards conservative students in the
Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.