Conservative activist Charlie Kirk was met with a harsh response on Twitter when he called out professors on college campuses for retaliating against students who espouse right-wing viewpoints.
Kirk tweeted that he gets "countless" messages from students claiming "professors are lowering their grades & penalizing them for being conservative."
I get countless of messages from students who say professors are lowering their grades & penalizing them for being conservative
Leftists dominating higher education represent a grave threat to our country & culture
Conservative students shouldn’t be targeted for disagreeing
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) February 7, 2018
The message triggered an over-the-top response from a liberal journalist. Jesse Farrar, formerly of Deadspin and Vice, tweeted that professors should instead "hold the conservative students heads under water until they stop breathing."
Kirk responded: “I'm sure he is joking, but imagine if conservatives made a joke like that against liberals?”
“I am not joking,” Farrar wrote back, later deleting the tweet.
When contacted about the tweet, Deadspin's editor wrote that Farrar was joking and said the organization "supports his stance of trolling white supremacist-minded" groups.
Kirk, the founder of Turning Point USA, said on "Fox & Friends" he was "stunned" at the comment by Farrar.
"They disagree with us so much and they're so bothered by our worldview and our viewpoint, that they literally want us dead. I hate playing the victim, but this is beyond the pale," said Kirk.