On Thursday, Campus Reform reported that Charles Hermes, a lecturer at the University of Texas at Arlington, allegedly shared a number of false claims about conservative comedian Steven Crowder, even accusing him of advocating murder.
“According to screenshots obtained by Crowder’s website, Louder with Crowder, professor Charles Hermes quoted the unfounded accusations in a Facebook post on March 5, attributing them to an anonymous ‘friend’ concerned about Crowder’s upcoming appearance at Southern Methodist University,” Campus Reform said.
“There’s a popular alt-right Neo-Nazi to be hosted at SMU McFarlin Auditorium on March 22, sponsored by SMU College Republicans,” the Facebook post — which no longer exists — read. “He calls graphically for murder and extermination of Jews and LGBT people.”
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“This is the second time that despicable Steven Crowder has been invited in the last month, previously hosted by Student Government and the Young Americans for Freedom,” the statement further claimed. “‘I have contacted the Women’s and LGBT Center on campus. They said there was some pushback on the student government for inviting him, but not enough, I was told. They were surprised he is invited back again so soon’”
Writing at Crowder’s site, Courtney Kirchoff said:
There’s a line between pitching a fit because you don’t like what’s being said and engaging in a full-on character attack using misinformation to support your hateful confirmation bias. Charles Hermes, a college lecturer at the University of Texas at Arlington, has his SJW diaper in a twist because our own Steven Crowder is scheduled to appear at SMU on March 22nd (get information here). Rather than act like a reasonable human being by practicing common decency and civility, Mr. Hermes took a more animalistic approach. Flinging his feces like a dancing paint artist at Burning Man.
Posting screenshots of now-deleted posts, Kirchoff said that Hermes is “wrong about… well based on the musings he posts to Facebook, everything.”
Hermes, Kirchoff said, Hermes used “screen captures” of “Steven Crowder” tweets to support his Neo-Nazi claims. But, Kirchoff said, the screen captures he used are obvious fakes which appear to have been made with Microsoft Paint.
There are multiple things, however, that went wrong in Mr. Hermes’ Steven Crowder attack. Not least of which was Mr. Hermes possibly being used as a soccer ball when he was but an infant, swaddled in radioactive rags. Good reasoning should not begin with fake tweets created in Microsoft Paint to tantalize Neo-Nazi mama’s boys on Daily Stormer. Just as a start.
Secondly, calling someone a “Nazi” then demanding that Nazi be threatened or silenced simply because you don’t like what he said (though it’s clear Mr. Hermes is fuzzy on Steven’s actual platform), makes you a fascist. That’s right. I’m calling Charles Hermes a fascist. Rather than disagree with Steven, rather than invite Steven to debate him, rather than encourage others to hear what Steven has to say so they can combat him with their own ideas, Mr. Hermes advocated for the banning and silencing of Steven Crowder. As any good and loyal fascist would.
“The left isn’t interested in debating ideas. They want Nazi-like obedience. The left isn’t interested in hearing ideas. They want verboten ideas banned. Rather than engaging in the arena of ideas, leftist fascists like Charles Hermes and his acolytes, use hateful smear campaigns to attack people opposed to their fascist ways of ‘thinking.’ We just got wind of it this time,” Kirchoff further said.
Crowder, who has been banned from Twitter, is scheduled to appear at SMU on March 22 for a live broadcast hosted by the school’s College Republicans chapter, which bills the “Louder With Crowder” show as a “non-safe-space-friendly program,” Campus Reform said.
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