A University of Illinois graduate instructor has been arrested for assaulting two conservative students at an anti-Tump protest this past Thursday, reports Campus Reform.
Tariq Khan is a 39 year old Fighting Illini PhD candidate with a keen interest in far left causes, including communist and anarchist groups. However, this past week it seems Tarqir took his school's mascot a little too seriously. He attacked two conservative students for simply making mocking comments.
Khan has taught students at the University of Illinois in courses such as “Constructing Race in America” and “U.S. Gender History since 1877.” This past week he was addressing students at an anti-Trump rally. However, his speech turned hostile towards conservative students, specifically the student organization Turning Point USA. In a video provided by Campus Reform, Khan be heard saying “F*ck Trump, F*ck Those Guys," referring to TPUSA.
Upon hearing these remarks Joel Valdez, an executive board member of TPUSA, yelled at Khan, “Don’t you have anything better to do? Don’t you have kids?”
Khan then gets down from his platform and runs up belligerently to Valdez and his colleagues. Khan attempts to punch one of the students and smashes another's cell phone.The video truly has to been seen to be believed.
Khan was subsequently arrested and issued a notice to appear to appear in court for criminal damage to property.
Khan’s actions are not that surprising. Plenty of campus leftwing loons in teaching positions have been fired or reprimanded for harassing and intimidating conservative students. But, the video really does show the threats some students, such as Valdez and TPUSA, have to endure in order to have free speech and productive conversations.
Of course, Khan probably justifies his actions as fighting against a supposedly white supremacist, capitalist, and patriarchal society.
In 2015 he wrote, "In the present-day United States, a shallow idea of “free speech” is often wielded by the privileged as a way to direct attention away from critiques of existing conditions and systems; particularly critiques of capitalism, imperialism, white supremacy, and patriarchy.”
Valdez for his part took to Twitter and called upon the University of Illinois to expel Khan.
It is unclear what steps will be taken next.