On January 31, a Northeastern University professor from the university’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs who served as that school’s founding dean from 2006-2012 told a gathering at a public event that he “wouldn’t mind” seeing President Trump “dead.”
Barry Bluestone made his ill-tempered remarks at an event titled, “The Rule of Law in a Time of Polarization,” part of the university’s 2018 Myra Kraft Open Classroom series, which examines “the definition of the Rule of Law, what it requires, what happens in its absence, and how it has declined and emerged globally,” as well as how the rule of law works in times of “polarization and technological upheaval.”
The January 31 event centered on “Challenges Posed by Economic Inequality & Stagnation.” Journalist Robert Kuttner also served on the panel with Bluestone.
The video had been posted by the university’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs on Monday, but it was later removed from the website.
Bluestone stated, “This president that we have is really out of control…sometimes I want to just see him impeached. Other times, quite honestly—I hope there are no FBI agents here—I wouldn’t mind seeing him dead. But, actually I don’t wa…” Kuttner interrupted, “…of natural causes.” Bluestone got the hint, adding, “Of natural causes. Thank you. Thank you.”
As Sandor Farkas of Campus Reform reported, “Bluestone pointed to the camera and then to Kuttner saying ‘FBI,’ as if to suggest that any FBI agents listening should heed Kuttner’s hasty correction.”
Bluestone also pontificated, “He is risking millions of lives by his reckless global policies, he and his staff have referred to Muslims and Mexicans in terms not unlike Adolf Hitler’s references to Jews, and he now is taking on the militaristic approach of Stalin and Hitler in wanting to have a massive Military Parade showing off our soldiers and weaponry. I refer to him as a Plutocrat because he is doing everything to shore up his own wealth and that of his rich friends. I refer to him as a fascist because of his autocratic behavior with little concern for social justice or democratic process.”
Bluestone told Campus Reform that although he approved of people opposing Trump, he did not advocate violence, adding, “In my opinion, Trump is the most dangerous man on the planet because of his power of using lies and half-truths to galvanize his supporters and his ability to command vast military resources. Would I kill him? No. And I normally abhor violence in all forms.”
Renata Nyul, VP of communications for Northeastern, provided a statement to Campus Reform decrying Bluestone’s remarks. It read:
Professor Bluestone’s comments do not reflect the views of Northeastern University. The university and its leaders steadfastly oppose violence in all its forms. While faculty members are free to express controversial opinions, the university cannot provide a public platform for comments that could be construed to condone violence. As a result, we have decided to take down the video of this event.”