- Erik Loomis, a history professor at the University of Rhode Island, has defended the killing of Patriot Prayer supporter Aaron Danielson
- Danielson was killed by Antifa supporter Michael Reinoehl in Portland, Oregon
- ‘He killed a fascist. I see nothing wrong with it, at least from a moral perspective,’ Loomis wrote about the August 29th killing
- Law enforcement agents later killed Reinoehl, 48, on September 3rd while attempting to apprehend him
A professor from the University of Rhode Island has come under fire after he suggested the shooting of a far-right Patriot Prayer supporter was morally justified.
Erik Loomis who teaches history made the comments in a blog post entitled ‘Why Was Michael Reinoehl Killed?’
The posting asked whether police deliberately ‘murdered’ 48-year-old Michael Reinoehl.
‘Michael Reinoehl is the guy who killed the fascist in Portland last week,’ Loomis wrote in his blog post from last week.
‘He admitted it and said he was scared the cops would kill him. Well, now the cops have killed him.’
But it was in the comments where controversy erupted after a reader reminded Loomis that a man had lost his life at the hands of another.
Reinoehl had fatally shot Aaron ‘Jay’ Danielson, 39, on August 29, when Trump supporters ended up clashing with Black Lives Matter supporters in Portland.
‘Erik, he shot and killed a guy,’ the online user wrote.
‘Reinoehl killed a fascist. I see nothing wrong with it, at least from a moral perspective,’ Loomis wrote back.
‘I am extremely anti-conspiracy theory. But it’s not a conspiracy theory at this point in time to wonder if the cops simply murdered him,’ Loomis wrote. ‘The police is shot through with fascists from stem to stern. They were openly working with the fascists in Portland, as they were in Kenosha which led to dead protestors.’