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Professor Defends Tweet About Flying Soldier's Seat Perk Inducing 'Vomit'

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By    |   Friday, 31 Mar 2017 01:41 PM

A Drexel University professor is defending a tweet where he said he was “trying not to vomit” after a soldier was given a first-class seat on his flight out of courtesy.

George Ciccariello was not happy after he witnessed a man give up his seat to a uniformed service member, according to Fox News.

“Some guy gave up his first-class seat for a uniformed soldier. People are thanking him. I’m trying not to vomit or yell about Mosul,” Ciccariello, a politics and global studies professor at Drexel University, wrote on Twitter.

Ciccariello has received backlash since making those remarks.

Conservative writer Ben Shapiro responded to the professor’s “vomit” reference, saying Ciccariello was only disgusted by what he witnessed because he’s a “douchebag,” Fox News noted.

The “Mosul” reference made by Ciccariello was in response to recent headlines about a U.S.-led military strike that reportedly left as many as 200 civilians dead, despite the fact that the mission was intended to only target Islamic State fighters in Iraq, according to the Toronto Sun.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson had Ciccariello on his show so that the professor could explain to him and to the rest of the world why he feels the way he does.

“I think it’s really irresponsible to blindly support, for example, wars that send off young people into combat, risk their lives, kill many others as we’ve just seen in Mosul,” Ciccariello told Carlson in defending his tweet. “U.S. troops need real support. They don’t need symbolic gestures.”

“Somebody’s trying to be nice to the guy who’s going through all these hardships . . . and that makes you mad. Why?” Carlson asked in response.

Some people want to see Ciccariello lose his job at Drexel, but the professor took to Facebook on Thursday to add to his original statement that started all of the controversy in the first place.

In the post, he made it clear that his remarks had nothing to do with the university.

“I respect anyone who makes difficult and dangerous decisions out of economic necessity — whether they are public school teachers, construction workers, economic migrants, or young soldiers,” he wrote. “What I don’t respect is a brutal invasion and occupation of Iraq that has not made our world any safer — a war that has taken advantage of economically disadvantaged Americans, a war that has given the world ISIS, and a war that has wrought carnage like that seen in Mosul and elsewhere.”

Despite referring to his initial tweet as “misrepresented” by the “right-wing media,” Ciccariello was still bombarded by many angry Twitter users.

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