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San Diego State associate dean refers to GOP as 'extremist terrorist organization' in Facebook post

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Posted at 9:10 AM, Jun 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-02 12:10:22-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego State University is standing behind one of their associate deans after he made a Facebook comment comparing the Republican Party to "extremist terrorist" groups.

SDSU Associate Dean Patrick McCarthy recently commented on a Facebook post: "The Republican Party has become an extremist terrorist organization."

McCarthy's post raised some eyebrows, and Brandon Jones, president of the College Republican Party, took it personally.

"We just got compared to an organization that kills hundreds of thousands of people through terror tactics and bombings," Jones said.

Jones said he wants an apology from McCarthy. If McCarthy doesn't apologize, he said he would push for him to resign.

The university told 10News: "The views and opinions expressed by faculty and staff on their personal accounts are protected by the First Amendment and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of the University."

University of San Diego political science professor Ron Bee agreed McCarthy should keep his job, but because McCarthy works for a public university, Bee said, "Someone should talk to him and say, 'Be careful because this could affect our position with the government and federal funds.'"

McCarthy did not return 10News' request for comment.