Communist-linked Michigan prof: GOP 'starting to seem like' a 'terrorist organization'
- An associate professor at Grand Valley State University in Michigan said the Republican Party is "starting to seem like" a "terrorist organization."
- The same professor has written op-eds for media outlets owned by the Chinese Communist Party.
- He has shared and liked posts from various Communist social media accounts, including from CCP officials.
Joel Wendland-Liu, an associate professor of Integrative, Religious, and Intercultural Studies at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, says the Republican Party is "starting to seem like" a "terrorist organization."
In an October 9 tweet, Wendland-Liu tweeted, “Is the Republican Party a terrorist organization? Starting to seem like it...especially since so few of them are actually denouncing right-wing terrorists right now who are openly supporting Trump."
Is the Republican Party a terrorist organization? Starting to seem like it...especially since so few of them are actually denouncing right-wing terrorists right now who are openly supporting Trump.— Joel Wendland-Liu (@LiuWendland) October 9, 2020
Wendland-Liu follows multiple Communist Party accounts, many of which describe themselves as Marxist/Lenist organizations. Wendland-Liu has also retweeted the Global Times, a Chinese Communist Party propaganda outlet, and the official Communist Party USA account.
Campus Reform previously covered Wendland-Liu after he published opinion editorials in a Chinese Communist Party-owned media outlet.
Wendland-Liu liked a tweet posted on October 19th by a Chinese government official who denied the communist country's role in the mass genocide of the Uyghurs. On Tuesday, Wendland liked a tweet from another Chinese government official, the Chinese ambassador to the United Kingdom, which also downplayed China's role in the mass genocide of the Uyghurs.
In 2016, Wendland-Liu published The Collectivity of Life, a book that looks to "uncover a recurring critique of meritocratic individualism and reconstruct a counter-mythology that locates social mobility in collectivist experiences."
He is also an author for the People’s World, which, according to its website, "continues to feature Marxist analysis and opinion developed by the Communist Party as well as voices from other currents of the labor and people’s movements."
“The right to free speech and academic freedom allow faculty members to express their own personal view,” Mary Eileen, a member of the GVSU president’s cabinet, told Campus Reform.
Wendland-Liu did not respond to a request for comment in time for publication.
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