New York Times columnist Bret Stephens just said on MSNBC that he totally didn’t want to get the George Washington professor in trouble when he cc’d the university provost on that email complaining that he got called a bedbug:

Dude, just stop digging. What other reason did he have to copy the guy’s boss?

He went on to compare getting called a bedbug to the dehumanizing language that totalitarian governments have used throughout history: