Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts has revoked an honorary admiralship from a University of Nebraska-Lincoln associate professor and lecturer after it came to light that they had participated in a protest against the conservative student group Turning Point USA.
Fox News reports that the Republican governor withdrew the “Nebraska Navy” admiralships for Amanda Gailey (pictured above) and Courtney Lawton on January 31, less than a month after granting them. Such admiralships are a joking reference to the fact that the landlocked Nebraska has no navy or sea. The award is granted at the governor’s discretion to Nebraska residents who are retiring, changing jobs, or reaching a milestone in their lives.
Gailey, an associate English professor, and Lawton, a university lecturer, reportedly had been honored for their free speech advocacy, but Ricketts spokesman Taylor Gage said the women had received the admiralships because of a “clerical error,” and that their behavior at the protest disqualified them.
Lawton was filmed protesting an August 25 campus recruiting event for Turning Point USA, a conservative group that maintains a public “watchlist” of professors who exhibit leftist bias in the classroom.
In the video, Lawton drove Turning Point member Kaitlyn Mullen to tears by calling her a “neo-fascist” and accusing her of advocating for the destruction of public schools and universities.
A photo of the incident shows Lawton gesturing obscenely while holding a sign that read, “Just say NO! to Neo-Fascism.” Gailey was photographed with a sign that said, “Turning Point: Please put me on your watchlist.”
“Courtney Lawton’s behavior does not embody ‘Nebraska values,’ which the original request represented,” said spokesman Gage.
But her bullying, totalitarian behavior, and Gailey’s, do embody the Left’s values.