Former UNM professor unapologetic about hanging Nazi banner outside his home
November 08, 2018 10:26 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Neighbors in southeast Albuquerque were upset after seeing a banner, with a swastika on it, hanging outside a house. The banner, which was up on Election Day, said “Vote Republican.”
The homeowner, who eventually took the banner down, said it there to make a point.
"It was an expression of opinion of what I think of the Republican Party under Donald Trump," said Richard Berthold.
The former UNM professor is no stranger to controversy. Following the September 11 terrorist attacks, he made a controversial comment to his class.
"Remember the faculty member on 9/11 who said 'anybody who blows up the Pentagon gets my vote?' that was I," he said.
After the comment gained national attention, Berthold later apologized.
"There is a serious lack of humor in academe, so I didn't get along with a lot of my colleagues," he said.
Berthold felt his neighbors, who were offended by the banner, also lacked a sense of humor.
"Oh come on, yeah that's pretty obvious," he said. "I'm making a point of what I think about what's happening under this particular president."
Berthold said if anyone had a problem with the banner, they were welcome to ring his doorbell.
Updated: November 08, 2018 10:26 PM
Created: November 08, 2018 09:03 PM
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