Nikita Vladimirov of Campus Reform uploaded a shocking video on Thursday. In the video a professor accuses a conservative student of receiving Russian funding.
The video footage shows volunteers at a Turning Point USA booth at the University of Houston, Clear Lake. The volunteers are approached by assistant professor of microbiology, Michael LaMontagne.
Lamontagne has a very odd exchange with the students.
Per Daily Wire:
LAMONTAGNE: ...create division, that you're probably receiving Russian funding.
MALE TPUSA VOLUNTEER: Oh, Russian funding. That is awesome. No, [we're not receiving] Russian funding – that's crazy.
LAMONTAGNE: Are you sure? Are you positive?
The male TPUSA volunteer, as well a a female volunteer, then stated that they are a 501c3 non-profit, to which LaMontagne replied: "[I get] that you're a non-profit, but who is profiting from this?"
MALE TPUSA VOLUNTEER: Who is profiting from this? I guess the employees of it.
FEMALE TPUSA VOLUNTEER: We're here to educate.
FEMALE TPUSA VOLUNTEER: We're here to educate. We're not profiting off of any of it.
LAMONTAGNE: Right, and I'm educating you that this group here is advocating against the very institution that its existing in – public education, higher education, federal funding for research – is advocating against national missions like NASA, right?
MALE TPUSA VOLUNTEER: And we are pro AR-15, pro Glock.
Later in the exchange, LaMontagne challenged the students on gun control:
LAMONTAGNE: I've looked into this, and there is actually absolutely – what we know for sure is if guns were the solution to violence, we would have none in this country. We would have no violence in this country.
MALE TPUSA VOLUNTEER: People are the cause of violence, not firearms. You had an increase in violence in England after they outlawed guns; [they] had an increase in violence in Australia after they outlawed guns.
LAMONTAGNE: You must be out of your freakin’ mind if you believe that.
MALE TPUSA VOLUNTEER: No, I state statistics.
Watch the video:
LaMontagne was asked for comment by Campus Reform. He claimed he was uanaware that he was recorded and that this could potentially be a violation of his privacy. When given the chance to double down on his Russian funding comment, he said, "No, I am not claiming it. I am claiming that a campus organization that is presenting a political viewpoint has to make their donors public."
In this professor's eyes, it's not possible for them to make their own decision to be conservative. They could only be doing this because they are receiving Russian funding. This is absolutely absurd.