Rhode Island professor defends fatal shooting of ‘fascist’ Trump supporter

Evidence markers are placed on the ground Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, in Lacey, Wash. at the scene where Michael Reinoehl was killed Thursday night as investigators moved in to arrest him. (AP)

The mean corridors, unforgiving offices and cruel classrooms of academia are giving rise to some tough talk from the professorial set, such as the assertion by a Rhode Island professor that a Patriot Prayer supporter who was shot to death during violence in Portland, Ore. last month had it coming, since he was “a fascist.”

Erik Loomis, a history professor at the University of Rhode Island, has a history of pugnacious talk against conservatives from the safety of his quiet Eastern campus. His comment was made in response to another comment on his blog post: “Why Was Michael Reinoehl Killed?”

The post was about whether police deliberately “murdered” 48-year-old Michael Reinoehl, the man who fatally shot Aaron “Jay” Danielson on Aug. 29, a night when Trump backers openly clashed with backers of Black Lives Matter in Portland.

Law enforcement officers investigating Danielson’s death fatally shot Reinoehl on Sept.3 after locating him in Lacey, Wash. Portland police had obtained a second-degree murder warrant for Reinoehl earlier that day in connection with Danielson’s death.

“Michael Reinoehl is the guy who killed the fascist in Portland last week,” Loomis wrote on his Sept. 4 blog post. “He admitted it and said he was scared the cops would kill him. Well, now the cops have killed him.”

In the comments section a reader called out Loomis for defending Reinoehl, writing: “Erik, he shot and killed a guy.”

Loomis responded: “[Reinoehl] killed a fascist. I see nothing wrong with it, at least from a moral perspective.”


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