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Former UNM professor unapologetic about hanging Nazi banner outside his home

Megan Abundis
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.”

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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.

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