A professor at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas spared no time blaming the Las Vegas massacre – which killed 58 people and injured upwards of 500 more – on President Donald Trump, claiming that his presidency was more or less responsible for bringing about the shooting.
UNLV Assistant Professor Tess Winkelmann told students in her History 407 class that a year ago, she predicted dire consequences should Trump win the Oval Office, Campus Reform reported.
“When he got elected, I told my classes three semesters ago, some of us won’t be affected by this presidency, but others are going to die. Other people will die because of this.”
“I don’t know whether these events would have inevitably happened whether or not he got elected, but he has the same rhetorical powers every president has, to encourage or discourage,” she added. “So far, all he has done is encourage violence.”
Winkelmann also blasted Trump’s handling of the Kim Jong Un regime, noting that he has “threatened violence against North Korea, and other places,” and warning that “words, especially coming from someone who is the President, have consequences.”
While some students appeared to agree with Winkelmann’s analysis of the situation, others were outraged at the insinuation that Trump caused the Las Vegas massacre.
“We just experienced the worst mass shootings in U.S. History,” one student told the outlet on condition of anonymity. “It’s a mile away, and we don’t know what happened, we don’t know why it happened, and we’re pushing political agendas, and that’s what this is about, taking advantage of the situation for political belief, when we should be uniting, healing as a community.”
Watch Winkelmann make the inflammatory remarks below: