A University of California, Merced professor declined to debate conservative author Ben Shapiro, but offered to fight him, according to audio released Wednesday.
Fernando Cortes Chirino, a sociology professor at the school, addressed Shapiro’s upcoming visit to Merced and suggested he would enjoy “ripping this fool’s shoulder out of his socket” in a charity fight, reported Campus Reform.
“I wouldn’t debate him, because being in the same room as that fool is putting this nonsense fascist ideologue on equal footing with me, using my real degree to legitimize garbage politics that are at best nonsensical,” said Chirino.
“Gladiator? You should pass this around,” said the professor to students. “While I won’t debate this fool, why don’t you all set up some sort of an MMA thing between me and him. And then, the winner can take those $40,000 and give them to whatever charity they want…gladiator my ass.”
“The recording of a University of California lecturer stating how they would enjoy inflicting harm upon Ben Shapiro deeply disturbs the College Republicans at UC Merced,” Harry Duran, president of the College Republicans at the school, told Campus Reform. “Shapiro, [along with] all members of the UC Merced College Republicans, were repeatedly called ‘white supremacists’ and ‘fascists’ during Fernando Chirino’s lecture.”
The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to Chirino and the University of California, Merced for comment, but received none in time for press.
Another UC Merced professor, Ross Avila, made headlines in 2016 for insisting that white men account for 90 percent of terrorists in America. The school’s fraternity and sorority life staff coordinator also asserted in 2016 that using the term “Greek life” to describe fraternities and sororities was “cultural appropriation.”
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