A professor in Iowa stood by his comments supporting far-left extremist group Antifa, which President Donald Trump has said is “evil” and should be designated as a domestic terrorist group.
Jeff Klinzman, an adjunct English professor at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, once said he wanted to beat Trump with a baseball bat.
The “Iowa Antifa” page posted a Trump tweet talking about Antifa, saying that the group consists of “Radical Left Wack Jobs who go around hitting… people over the heads with baseball bats.”
Klinzman responded, writing, “Yeah, I know who I’d clock with a bat.”
Responding to a query from KCRG, which found the posting, Klinzman stated: “I affirm that I am ‘antifa.’”
He said he didn’t want to be interviewed but he does not apologize for his statement about Trump.
The Secret Service told the broadcaster that it is aware of the threat.
Jason Blazakis, a former Director for U.S. State Department specializing in counter-terrorism, told KCRG: “I wouldn’t myself as a professor want to be associated with acts of violence that are attributable to a movement of individuals like Antifa.”
Kirkwood Community College declined to comment on the situation specifically.