Despite the growing backlash to Harvard's decision, it doesn't seem like the school is going to reverse its decision to rescind the acceptance of Kyle Kashuv, the conservative Parkland shooting survivor. Kashuv had been accepted into the class of 2023, but saw his acceptance rescinded after group chats and a Google doc from years earlier surfaced showing Kashuv and several friends using casually racist language.
Now, Kashuv, who inspires loathing among the left because of his work with the Trump administration on school safety, i being targeted by adult politicos who should know better. The latest member of the chorus is former Republican Rep. David Jolly, who insensitively warned that the language used by Kashuv was 'similar to that used by a school shooter,' according to the Hill.
During an interview with Jolly, MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle asked if he thought Harvard's decision to drop Kashuv was politically motivated, given the fact that 18-year-old Kashuv is one of the few students who advocated for gun rights following the 2018 massacre at his Parkland, Fla., high school.
Jolly said he didn't think it was politically motivated, but that Harvard did the right thing in banning Kashuv.
"I don’t," Jolly replied. “I think this is the perfect story for our time. Within our culture, leaders are given greater permission to racist statements and people with racist feelings. They are given greater equity. It is important for Harvard to say, ‘Not in our community.’”
It's important to remember that these comments were reportedly made while playing a popular first-person shooter.
"kill all the f---ing jews."
The student also reportedly wrote that he would "f---ing make a CSOG map of Douglas and practice," which the outlet noted was likely a reference to the shooting game "Counter-Strike: Global Offensive."
According to Jolly, it doesn't matter that Kashuv was talking about a video game. His language is still deeply suspect.
"And he referred to one of the shoot-‘em-up video games and said they should put a map of that on his high school," Jolly said. "And this was two years before Parkland. And my immediate reaction when I really dug into this, these are the social media postings we see of a shooter and we ask, 'Where were the signs?'"
"See something, say something. We see a shooter and then we go back and look at social media posts and this is exactly what we see," the former congressman continued. "I understand the sensitivity of this man because of Parkland. I’m not a mental health professional to assess him on those grounds."
Ruhle asked if Jolly’s suggestions were “too far” of a leap.
"It is not," Jolly responded. "No, it is not, Stephanie."
Using overtly political terms, Jolly bashed Kashuv's views on gun rights and suggested that maybe Kashuv shouldn't be allowed to carry a gun.
"You have to question how do we promote somebody with these social media posts in their background?” Jolly asked. “The young man deserves redemption. But he also deserves a closer look to whether someone with this profile should be able to purchase a firearm under the gun laws of the United States.”
Kashuv announced on Monday that he was aware of “egregious and callous comments” he had made when he was 16 years old. He added that he was “embarrrassed” by the “idiotic comments” and that they didn’t reflect how he felt.
Watch the interview below: