A defiant Fresno State University professor slammed Barbara Bush as an "amazing racist" almost immediately after the former First Lady's death on Tuesday — and boasted that she will "never be fired" for her harsh words.
Randa Jarrar wrote on Twitter that Bush was a "generous and smart and amazing racist who, along with her husband, raised a war criminal," according to the Fresno Bee. She later made her Twitter account private.
Bush, the wife of former President George H.W. Bush and the mother of former President George W. Bush, passed away at the age of 92. She had been suffering from congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Tributes poured out for Barbara Bush from both sides of the political aisle. President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump praised her, and former President Bill Clinton tweeted that she "was a remarkable woman."
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Reaction to the death of Barbara Bush
Reaction to the death of Barbara Bush
**Click through the following slides to see the tributes to former first lady Barbara Bush, who passed away on April 17, 2018 at the age of 92.**
(Photo by David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images).
Statement by President George W. Bush on the passing of Mrs. Barbara Bush: https://t.co/PwYs9SHwo3 https://t.co/FZMcRwv0Ve
My grandmother didn't just live life; she lived it well. And the sorrow of her loss is softened by the knowledge o… https://t.co/NzarkFtCHo
.@FLOTUS Melania and I join the Nation in celebrating the life of Barbara Bush: https://t.co/4NzyjxqAFM
Statement by Governor Jeb Bush on the Passing of Mrs. Barbara Bush
Thanks to all the prayers, texts,emails, and notes received - how lucky are we to have had Ganny in our lives! Pray… https://t.co/VnyRGCFmy6
I think my Ganny would have wanted us to remember her by picking up a book and reading to our child, grandchild, or… https://t.co/Wfr0yYhnJs
Our statement on the passing of Barbara Bush: https://t.co/haIPhDS2bd
Our statement on the passing of Former First Lady Barbara Bush: https://t.co/MhTVYCL9Nj
There was no one else quite like Barbara Bush. Jill and I — and the entire Biden family — send our heartfelt condol… https://t.co/Tiia0XYyGq
Barbara Bush was a remarkable woman. She had grit & grace, brains & beauty. She was fierce & feisty in support of h… https://t.co/0kyGOCt32Y
Barbara Bush served her country and led her family with dignity and grace. She made children's literacy a lifelong… https://t.co/8Ui5OPrgvB
Always a friend to Canada, Barbara Bush leaves a legacy of dignity, grace, service and devotion to family. Sophie a… https://t.co/oTa9aWkUZU
Statement on passing of former U.S. First Lady Barbara Bush. https://t.co/rqWuQke0MT
Praying for the entire Bush family as they mourn the loss and celebrate the life of their dear matriarch, Barbara B… https://t.co/Txktiwexhi
One of the greatest First Ladies in the history of our nation has gone to her Heavenly reward.
As the husband of an exceptional woman myself, I know all she meant to President George H.W. Bush & their family. S… https://t.co/hOXpEfH84V
Barbara Bush served her country with class. She served her family with love and compassion. I’m grateful I knew her… https://t.co/59KQJ7jAvg
My prayers are with the Bush family at the passing of their beloved Barbara, an eternal First Lady in the heart of… https://t.co/w0SaSh3RqZ
From her scrappy demeanor and no-frills style to her boundless passion for family, literacy and freedom, Barbara Bu… https://t.co/j2iPlbp78q
Barbara Bush wielded her formidable qualities on behalf of her nation, the family she loved, and the many worthy ca… https://t.co/F6Lu7ln11Q
The U.S. Secret Service expresses sincere condolences to the family of Mrs. Barbara Bush, the epitome of class and… https://t.co/4BWaP2qcjB
When I first met Barbara Bush in 1988 as she entertained spouses of congressional candidates at the @VP Residence,… https://t.co/5rTk2v6afc
Throughout her life, Barbara Bush showed us all the importance of charity, literacy, and love of country. Our thoug… https://t.co/gWRsnRnCzr
A very nice and friendly former First Lady Barbara Bush dies Matriarch of Presidential families and civic leader… https://t.co/6a60ZJnleR
Ohioans join with all Americans to mourn the death of Barbara Bush, a woman of grace, humility, great compassion an… https://t.co/lFIwqaBWMw
What a wonderful life was lived by Fmr. First Lady Barbara Bush. Condolences to the entire Bush family.
America lost a great woman, a great mother and a great wife. Barbara Bush’s life has always been a shining example… https://t.co/YFCP3CjbhQ
Offering heartfelt condolences to the entire Bush family. May you find peace and comfort in fond memories of an inc… https://t.co/p7ofIuK4Dg
Former first lady Barbara Bush has passed away at the age of 92. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jenna and the en… https://t.co/x2Oazcv49x
Mrs. Bush served our country with dignity and grace. Liz and I send our thoughts and prayers to both Presidents Bus… https://t.co/jsWtKpgHL8
Mrs. Bush was feisty, gracious, beautiful, and exemplary in the unique family and societal roles she embraced. I ha… https://t.co/u6ygYzW8QM
Louise and I are sending our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the entire Bush family tonight. Barbara Bush was… https://t.co/0KmRVLW4ha
I send my thoughts to the family of former First Lady Barbara Bush. The wife of former President @GeorgeHWBush and… https://t.co/lrP4PdrDon
Barbara Bush was a great lady and a dear friend. Her passing is a terrible loss for the Bush family, the Sununu fam… https://t.co/XDbD6QLjud
“To us, she was so much more.” Fmr President George W Bush on the passing of his mother Fmr First Lady Barbara Bush https://t.co/1d00Qognv8
Rest In Peace Mrs. Barbara Bush.
You were a beautiful light in this world and I am forever thankful for your friend… https://t.co/af8WDiAjpW
Our dear Barbara Bush. A grand lady, a great friend...she made the White House a brighter place. How we will miss y… https://t.co/3JBjKb0lau
Our prayers go out to the Bush family tonight as we mourn the passing of a terrific woman, former First Lady Barbar… https://t.co/NayRoPU4ni
#BarbaraBush represented everything that America stands for. She was strong willed but full of compassion. A great… https://t.co/t4cxvKmyFt
Barbara Bush, R.I.P.
An angel on her way to heaven.
Adrienne and I want to express our gratitude for a life ded… https://t.co/aGzgYNsMnx
So very sad about former First Lady Barbara Bush...I was so lucky to interview her many times and even so very fort… https://t.co/gmaidy2KbY
RIP Barbara Bush. A truly amazing life. She lived it on her terms until the very end. She was adored by her childre… https://t.co/g38QTk4bHU
With compassion and grace, Barbara Bush inspired generations of Americans. My deepest condolences go to President G… https://t.co/oCRad3vDrf
She was strong, she was tough, and oh, she was passionate, especially about her family.... I admired her so... R.I.P. Barbara Bush..🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
Barbara Bush was a woman of incredible determination, wit, and compassion who embodied America’s best values. My de… https://t.co/G2XheGstyt
Rest In Peace Barbara Bush. You showed us what servant leadership, commitment to family, patriotism, and courage looked like. #MakeItMatter
Barbara Bush was an inspiring and influential First Lady. Becky and I are saddened by her passing, but we know that… https://t.co/40lDLao06N
Our prayers for the family of former First Lady Barbara Bush. She will be missed and we are better off because of her time here on earth.
Thank you #BarbaraBush - you made our nation a better place, Rest In Peace https://t.co/dtuu15DMyt
God bless the soul of Barbara Pierce Bush, First Lady, First Mother, a matriarch and a patriot. Condolences to the Bush family.
Hoy es un día triste. La muerte d Barbara Bush se lleva un gran ser humano. Nuestra nación llora la pérdida de una… https://t.co/SXcwQb3Vcj
Former First Lady Barbara Bush was a pillar of strength for her family and was much admired in our country. Both th… https://t.co/xDmmJzOBlJ
Barbara Bush holds a revered place in the hearts of generations of Americans. She so loved her family and our count… https://t.co/abbVbmy2A1
Our thoughts are with the Bush family as they grieve the loss of former first lady Barbara. She will forever be in… https://t.co/AwBWIdgl9C
I give my best wishes to former first lady Barbara Bush and condolences to the Bush family. For decades, Barbara se… https://t.co/lczbqcpaNl
We're saddened by the loss of former First Lady Barbara Bush. In her honor, here's a pic of her and former Presiden… https://t.co/WafZen6pUm
Barbara Bush was an unrelenting force for decency, community, and patriotism. As First Lady and throughout her life… https://t.co/q7ebaP2RGn
"In her loving memory, the City of Houston and the Houston Public Library Foundation will work to complete the mas… https://t.co/7tuFlF7Luf
Statement by Nixon daughters: "Barbara Bush remains a shining role model for all Americans, most especially our you… https://t.co/00W3kFoxpw
Mrs. Bush personified grace and class as First Lady and throughout her life; she will be missed. I send my heartfel… https://t.co/AlPP17itAu
Separate @FLOTUS statement just issued. https://t.co/VWRk57uAeq
Saddened to learn of the passing of Barbara Bush, a woman of great strength, dignity and good humor, she will be missed.
Sending my sincere condolences and prayers to The Bush family. 🙏🏻 https://t.co/BGb9CLhPIR
It was a pleasure to have met. Thoughts and prayers to the Bush Family. Much beloved. She will be greatly missed. https://t.co/99G7AifPzd
Ann and I send our deepest condolences to the Bush family upon the passing of First Lady Barbara Bush tonight. Main… https://t.co/JojFn4nkRr
Mrs. Bush embodied leadership, public service and loyalty. Sending thoughts and prayers to the Bush family. It was… https://t.co/wJEEtgZn5n
Statement from former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter on the passing of Barbara Bush. https://t.co/OibQmXipao
Our country will be forever grateful & indebted for the impact former First Lady Barbara Bush had on improving lite… https://t.co/VCLjg8F7kr
I'm ever more aware these days of the importance of the example that comes from the White House. I'm so grateful th… https://t.co/rRBJp8lOyn
Prayers with the Bush family tonight. Barbara Bush was an amazing lady and will be missed!
Extending heartfelt sympathy to the Bush family this evening. A few months after I was fired from The View...Mrs.… https://t.co/x3bxiWVBah
Barbara Bush was known for her immeasurable kindness and generosity as First Lady, mother, wife, grandmother, and g… https://t.co/UA8SMiG9ah
First Lady Barbara Bush was dedicated to our state and devoted to our country. I'm joining Texans and Americans eve… https://t.co/P2FOEfWQQu
America just lost a tireless leader for family literacy. Your legacy of public service will live on. May you rest e… https://t.co/7HTur6P57p
Reid Ryan has issued the following statement: https://t.co/sCFRThbdgF
A woman of great dignity, grace, & humanity. Her love of family & country was second to none, and her work to incre… https://t.co/rw6ZoZRo2z
Barbara Bush lived an incredible life. I’m sending my love to her family.
Barbara Bush lived an extraordinary life of devotion, love, and laughter. She was a blessing to the First Family an… https://t.co/cLJjNCikrh
We mourn the passing of Barbara Bush, who believed that the world would be a better place if more people could read… https://t.co/bOAvedosKd
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Jarrar, an English professor who won an American Book Award last year for her story collection "Him, Me, Muhammad Ali," was unapologetic about her stance. She wrote about Bush, according to the Bee: "F--- outta here with your nice words."
"What I love about being an American professor is my right to free speech, and what I love about Fresno State is that I always feel protected and at home here,” Jarrar tweeted, according to the Bee. "GO BULLDOGS!"
Jarrar was heavily criticized on social media after she made her comments. She referred to them in another tweet, writing, "If you'd like to know what it's like to be an Arab American Muslim American woman with some clout online expressing an opinion, look at the racists going crazy in my mentions right now," according to the Bee.
The California university said in a statement that "we share the deep concerns expressed by others over the personal comments" made by Jarrar.
"Her statements were made as a private citizen, not as a representative of Fresno State," the statement by university president Joseph Castro read. "Professor Jarrar's expressed personal views and commentary are obviously contrary to the core values of our University, which include respect and empathy for individuals with divergent points of view, and a sincere commitment to mutual understanding and progress."
The university extended its "deepest condolences" to the Bush family.