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Conservatives rally behind teacher fired for supporting Trump, launch fundraiser

Conservative activist Kyle Kashuv has launched a fundraiser for Justin Kucera, a Michigan high school teacher who was fired for pointing out that Donald Trump is the president.
Libby Emmons Brooklyn, NY

Conservative activist Kyle Kashuv has launched a fundraiser for Justin Kucera, a Michigan high school teacher who was fired last week for pointing out that Donald Trump is the president of the United States. Kashuv brought Kucera on his show to launch a fundraiser.

"It's now illegal to be a Republican in the US," Kashuv said, "it's kind of jokingly, but it's true!" He said that this "was not hyperbole," but it's happening.

Kucera said that there was no warning, no option to right his perceived wrongs, he was simply terminated for his view that Trump is the president.

It was on Twitter that Kucera tweeted the basic fact "Trump is our president." He began, however, by saying he was done being silent, implying that speaking this fact is in some way controversial. Meanwhile, everyone knows that Donald Trump is the American president. He was elected in 2016 and he is running for office again as the incumbent.

Not only were the angry hordes on Twitter ticked off about his note, his employer, Walled Lake Western high school, was as well. He was terminated for this offense. It leaves one to wonder just what good a teachers' union is if a man can get summarily dismissed for voicing an incontrovertible truth.

He was given the option to either resign or be terminated, and he refused to step down. Kucera was a coach and an AP history teacher, and is reported to have a been a favourite among students.

Kashuv tweeted out the link to Kucera's gofundme.

Kucera held a view that, until very recently, was considered estimable. He said that "Agree with [Trump] or not, you should want the president to do well." Whether an individual likes the president or not, there is no reason to wish ill upon the nation he leads.

One former student, Rachel Reising, tweeted out that she was embarrassed to be a graduate of Walled Lake. She noted that there were many teachers who had no issue speaking their mind on their leftist views, and that they were not punished for the offense.

The superintendent of schools Kenneth Gutman of the Walled Lake Consolidated School District issued his own missive about Kucera's termination. He stood firmly on the ground of the "importance of discourse," but claimed that the district would "not stand for speech or actions... that seek to divide or demean our staff, students, citizens."

Facts, according to Gutman, are divisive and demeaning to staff, and students, according to a man who is tasked with supervising an entire Michigan school district.

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