Jeff Bernstein used to serve as an expert working for Georgetown’s Master of Science in Foreign Service program until his resignation this Monday. This occurred after he sent a tweet about Allie Beth Stuckey, a Conservative blogger, Fox News Commentator, and future Conservative Review TV Host. Bernstein tweeted his wish that Stuckey experience a “#MeToo Moment” because of her political views, implying that he wished that Mrs. Stuckey be sexually assaulted or harassed due to her political beliefs.
This is not the first time Mr. Bernstein has tweeted rudely at Mrs. Stuckey, according to a post on Mrs. Stuckey’s blog, but she believed that it went too far. In response, Mrs. Stuckey tweeted @Georgetown asking for whether the University would allow this type of behavior in their advisors.
Dean Hellman accepted Bernstein’s resignation on Monday saying “Encouraging, threatening or condoning violence and harassment against another person, in any form and on any format, is deeply inconsistent with the values of the program, our school and our university”, in a formal acceptance of Bernstein’s resignation. Solebury Capital, a global advisory firm which employed Mr. Bernstein, also fired him on Monday because of this comment.
Jeff Bernstein deleted his twitter account following this comment. He has also formally apologized to Mrs. Stuckey, which Mrs. Stuckey described as “sincere”.
According to Stuckey’s blog post on the 15th, Mrs. Stuckey did not believe this tweet or incident would become major news. According to her blog, Mr. Bernstein “doubled-down” on his comments, saying that they were appropriate due to his belief that Mrs. Stuckey “disparaged” the #MeToo movement and associated groups whilst refusing to show specific instances of this. Numerous other twitter accounts piled onto Mr. Bernstein condemning his actions, resulting in him taking the tweet down. Mrs. Stuckey expressed regret and guilt that she ruined Mr. Bernstein’s livelihood for his actions on twitter, questioning whether it was the just thing to do.