Gary Maynard, the California professor allegedly behind a number of wildfires raging in Northern California, is an anti-Trumper who said in a November interview that President Trump suffered from malignant narcissistic personality disorder and could become violent and destructive in response to defeat. Federal prosecutors allege Maynard, who was arrested Saturday, intentionally tried to trap fire crews with his fires in rural Northern California.
“Donald Trump’s lack of or unwillingness to self-reflect in order to self-improve, and his lack of empathy while being threatened with his first major, public, political and personal defeat, might activate a sense of the need for the use of violence, violent protests by his supporters or outright sabotage of the nation by locking down the economy or some other major act to damage the nation before he is forced to leave office, if he loses,” Maynard told left-wing journalist Charles Krause, who writes for The Globalist.
The journalist posted his interview of Maynard, accompanied by grotesque caricatures of Trump, on his blog, Art Profiler.
Here's the in depth interview with cult expert & sociologist, Dr. Gary Maynard, we told you was coming. It is a chilling must read.
— ArtProfiler (@Artprofileratx) November 11, 2020
Maynard compared Trump to the maniacal cult leader Jim Jones, who in 1978 ordered the mass murder-suicide of 918 Jonestown commune members, 304 of them children. The cult members died after drinking Flavor Aid laced with cyanide. The accused arsonist said that Trump “may become the first president to be forcibly arrested and removed from the White House.”
“Dr. Maynard explains what to look for in Trump, as the President reacts to his defeat—and how best to avert an irrational act of retribution with potentially far greater consequences and loss of life than Jonestown, between now and Trump’s last day in office two months from now,” Krause wrote in the piece’s introduction.
Maynard, 47, has taught at colleges in New York and California, including as an adjunct lecturer in the sociology department at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California.
Gary Maynard is a college professor who used to work at Santa Clara University and Sonoma State. He's accused of starting the Ranch Fire over the weekend in Lassen County, and could be connected to a handful of other fires in Northern California. https://t.co/qS6OuIwNc2
— KTVU (@KTVU) August 11, 2021
Last fall, Maynard taught in the criminology and criminal justice department at Sonoma State University. His bio on the university website says he graduated from Bowling Green State University, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and Stony Brook University, and one of his specialties is environmental sociology. He has master’s degrees in political science, theater arts, and sociology, as well as a Ph.D. in sociology.
His teaching and research focus on “sociology of technology/social media, social psychology, sociology of health, deviance and crime, sociology of the mass media, youth and adolescence, global sociology, environmental sociology, the sociology of sports, the sociology of drug abuse and alcoholism and quantitative research methods.”
The corporate media have made a point of linking the wildfires—including the Dixie Fire, the second-largest in California’s history—to climate change.
As we now know, at least some of the fires were likely started by Maynard, although authorities have not released any information about his possible motive.
“Where Maynard went, fires started. Not just once, but over and over again,” federal prosecutors said in a court memorandum arguing for Maynard to be denied bail.
While court documents allege that Maynard is connected to more than a half-dozen dangerous fires in Northern California, he is currently charged with starting only the Ranch Fire. That blaze broke out on Saturday morning, in a remote area where, according to court records, Maynard had just camped for the night. It’s one of three fires officials allege Maynard set in recent days—all of them very close to the Dixie Fire’s northeastern footprint.
Prosecutors also say Maynard wanted firefighters to die in the fires he caused.
“He entered the evacuation zone and began setting fires behind the first responders fighting the Dixie fire,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Sacramento stated in court papers. “Maynard’s fires were placed in the perfect position to increase the risk of firefighters being trapped between fires.”
Maynard’s alleged offenses “show that he is particularly dangerous, even among arsonists,” the federal prosecutors said.
Ironically, Maynard in November was concerned about President Trump’s supposed propensity for violence.
“With vain malignant narcissism—if they brood and burn up in quiet desperation as their power slips away, that is when they decide to say ‘Fuck it—let’s go out and take out those who harmed and sabotaged and betrayed me.'” the professor told Krause.
“The QAnon people really, really worry me, that they will see this as the last hour of their movement where they must act to save the world from the communist Democratic party, the one-world government, and the demonic child sex cult that is running the world,” Maynard added.
“Donald will not stay quiet or stay still or play nice,” the criminal justice professor concluded. “The question then becomes will he get violent or spur on violence? Because he does not care if he ruins the peace and safety of the U.S. society.”
In a sickening twist, Krause’s article featured a cartoon by Jim Boden called “Götterdämmerun,” a German word for a turbulent ending of a regime or an institution. The picture shows Donald Trump hovering over a building engulfed in flames.