A Texas Tech professor has drawn criticism after an online publication shared an e-mail he sent to colleagues regarding COVID-19 and President Trump.
Campus Reform, which states on its website is a conservative watchdog to the nation's higher education system that exposes liberal bias and abuse on college campuses, reported on the message from Richard Wigmans. Wigmans is a J.F. Bucy Chair Professor at Tech in the department of physics and astronomy.
Wigmans' e-mail to the physics department begins with questions on why the media do not present COVID-19 cases in logarithmic form, better showing the rate of increase.
According to Campus Reform, Wigmans closes with "I am personally an atheist, but if #45 [President Trump] would die as a result of this virus, I might reconsider.
Let me finally give another prediction, which will take a bit more time before it can be verified.
When history will be written about this period, the word "China virus" will be absent. Instead, we will read about
"Trump pandemic", the "Trump deaths" and the "Trump recession".
In its article, Campus Reform quotes Wigmans responding to the e-mail, on whether he wants the President to die form the virus, "I have not expressed such a wish".
Texas Tech issued this statement to FOX34:
Professor Wigman’s personal comments do not represent the views or values of Texas Tech University. This is a personnel matter that will be handled by the department Chair and the Dean of the College. Texas Tech does not disclose personnel actions relating to any of its employees.
We remain focused on the health and wellness of all members of our University community throughout this public health crisis.