Cedar Rapids, IA – A community college professor who has claimed to be a member of antifa is under fire after some people at Kirkwood Community College objected to his rhetoric in social media posts.
“I affirm that I am antifa,” adjunct English Professor Jeff Klinzman told KCRG.
Klinzman refused to do an on-camera interview and said he would not apologize for the social media comments that had offended some in the community.
People calling themselves antifa purport to be fighting fascism and white supremacy, but they are best known for use of black bloc tactics, wearing black masks to conceal their identities and committing violent attacks.
They believe they are literally fighting actual Nazis and justify their violence by comparing their actions with Nazi-Germany opposition groups. However, they are have a history of labeling anyone with right-of-left political views to be a Nazi.
President Donald Trump has threatened to designate antifa as a domestic terror group, FOX News reported.
When somebody posted President Donald Trump’s tweet that called antifa “Radical Left Wack Jobs who go around hitting... people over the heads with baseball bats” on the Iowa antifa Facebook page, Klinzman posted a response.
“Yeah, I know who I’d clock with a bat,” the professor wrote.
The U.S. Secret Service said they were aware of Klinzman’s post but would not say if they were investigating the professor for the threat, KCRG reported.
Sara Riley, an attorney in Cedar Rapids, said that the professor’s comments were protected by the First Amendment.
Riley also told KCRG that it was unlikely the Secret Service would do anything about his so-called threats to President Trump.
"It's so ambiguous that there is just no way that he'd ever be considered a true threat," she explained.
Riley said that because Kirkwood Community College is a public institution there wasn’t much the school could do about Klinzman’s commentary, KCRG reported.
KCRG did a deep dive on Klinzman’s social media to see what else the good professor had posted and learned he was also not a fan of evangelical Christians.
He wrote that he wanted to "stop evangelical Christians" and then included a poem that said, "Kill them all and bury them deep in the ground".
"It's not pretty, and I'm not proud, but seeing what evangelical Christians are doing to this county and its people fills me with rage, and a desire to exact revenge,” Klinzman posted.
When KCRG asked the professor about his comments on Christians, he admitted that he “may have gone too far but he said he would only apologize to those Christians who share his ‘commitment’ to various issues facing the country.”
Kirkwood Community College declined to comment on Klinzman’s anti-Christian social media activity and said it was a personnel matter.
However, they also said that the safety of their students and staff was a top priority.
Hope Christian Fellowship Pastor Dave Doyle told KCRG that he thought the professor should be immediately removed from the classroom.
"This is not something you can just dance around the topic," Doyle said. "You have to confront it, you have to face it, you to deal with it, sometimes very bluntly and I don't see that is what Kirkwood is doing there right now."
An Iowa Open Records request by KCRG revealed that the community college has no policy to prohibit a faculty member from affiliating themselves with a violent group of criminals such as antifa.
However, the school’s policy said "that the public may judge their profession and their institution by their utterances. Hence they... should show respect for the opinions of others.”
"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," Jason Blazakis, a former Director for U.S. Department of State specializing in counter-terrorism, told KCRG.