RUTGERS, N.J. — A Rutgers University professor accused of inciting violence against Trump supporters and other supporters of other candidates is facing felony charges of inciting a riot.
Andrew F. Faraone, 59, is being held on $50,000 bail at the Middlesex County Courthouse in Newark.
The university said in a statement Monday that he has been suspended without pay and is prohibited from holding public office for the next seven years.
In a letter to students on the university’s website, Faraon said that he had planned to attend a protest against Trump Saturday and said the “federal government should immediately cease interfering with our elections and the right to assemble.”
“We must stand against the criminalization of our voices, and in solidarity with the people of this country who are refusing to be intimidated by the criminal justice system,” Faraoni wrote.
He urged supporters to attend rallies and marches in support of his cause.
“In the face of this repression, the people will not back down, and we must not allow ourselves to be silenced,” Finaone wrote.
Faraone was one of several professors and administrators who called on students and faculty to attend demonstrations in support the Republican nominee during the first-in-the-nation primary on Feb. 1, the university said.
Several other Rutgers professors have been accused of being in cahoots with the university to promote Trump and other Republicans, including one who told students during a March 1 forum on race relations that the U.S. was a “white country” and “the first nation in the world that has not been colonized by any other nation,” the university wrote in a letter.
The university said Faraona also made a video in which he encouraged students to “go on the streets and attack” protesters.
In the video, Finaon says the protest “is not for us, but for you.”
During his first public appearance, Farroni called Trump’s election victory “a gift to the enemy,” adding that “everybody is on the same side.”
He also criticized a Trump campaign speech in which the Republican candidate encouraged his supporters to “make sure” that Trump’s supporters would vote for Hillary Clinton in November.
The professor also accused Trump supporters of inciting racial violence and called for the resignation of the police chief of New York.
At a rally for Clinton on March 11, Fenno told the crowd that “we’re going to march in the streets to take care of this president, and not just the president of the United States.
And the people who support him, the police officers and the prosecutors and the judges are not gonna be there, because they’re afraid.”
The university also cited a March 14 email Faraoner sent to an employee who said he had asked to be removed from a “safe space” and said that Faraones job was “untenable,” the New Jersey Times reported.
Feraone denied the claims.
The email was later turned over to the police department.
The university says Faraons arrest and arrest warrant were unsealed by a federal judge on Monday and he was charged with two felony counts of inciting property damage and one misdemeanor count of inciting criminal violence.
Furlanoni, who is also a Rutgers graduate, has been a professor at the university for more than 20 years.
He is a visiting scholar at New York University’s department of government and was previously a professor of philosophy at the University of Rochester.