Drexel professor: 'I tried not to vomit' when passenger gave up seat to soldier

A Pennsylvania college professor took to Twitter to express that he wanted to "vomit" after an airline passenger gave up their first-class seat for a uniformed member of the armed forces.

Drexel University Professor George Ciccariello-Maher, who was criticized last Christmas for saying the only gift he wanted was "white genocide", said he wanted to "yell about Mosul" when he saw the act of kindness on the plane.

"Some guy gave up his first-class seat for a uniformed soldier. People are thanking him," Ciccariello-Maher tweeted, "I'm trying not to vomit or yell about Mosul."

Mosul is an Iraqi city seen as the last major ISIS stronghold in the region. Iraqi troops, with the support of U.S. forces, are trying to oust ISIS from the city. 

He locked his Twitter account in the face of bitter backlash from the public, telling Carlson, “Sometimes you need to protect your Twitter feed from people who go on and on about free speech, but decide to violently threaten people who are using that free speech."

A Drexel University sophomore has started a petition drive urging the university to fire the controversial professor who insulted the military in a recent tweet.

Brett Long says he started the drive on change.org Thursday night, asking that professor George Ciccariello-Maher be relieved of his duties at the University City school.

"I'm still shocked that a professor at Drexel with such an accepting environment would say anything like that," Long told FOX 29's Bruce Gordon.

FOX 29 reached out to  Ciccariello-Maher for comment. Ciccariello provided the below statement.

"I think it's really irresponsible to blindly support, for example, wars that send young people into combat, risk their lives- kill many others as we've seen in Mosul," he said.

A spokesperson for Drexel University released the following statement regarding Ciccariello-Maher's tweets.

"The recent social media comments by George Ciccariello-Maher, Associate Professor of Politics and Global Studies at Drexel, were made outside the classroom, are his own opinion and do not represent the University’s views. Drexel is committed to and vigorously supports our ROTC students, student veterans and alumni who have served in the military. Our support for student veterans has helped us create an inclusive campus culture that honors service and Drexel’s deep connection to American military history."

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