Prof Resigns Law Firm Job After Tweeting ‘I’d Be Ok If #BetsyDeVos Was Sexually Assaulted’
A Texas professor resigned Tuesday from his position at a law firm after tweeting the he would “be ok if” Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos “was sexually assaulted.”
Robert Ranco, who serves as a paralegal studies adjunct professor at Austin Community College, resigned from the Carlson Law Firm after speaking with the firm’s founder, Craig Carlson, reported Fox 7.
“I’m not wishing for it… but I’d be ok if #BetsyDeVos was sexually assaulted,” read Ranco’s Friday tweet, according to Campus Reform.
“I wasn’t going to make a rash decision about a member of this family just to appease people on social media,” said Carlson to Fox 7. “That said, I considered the health of everyone in our organization, promised my partners and my employees that we would act according to the values of our firm, and sat down to speak with Mr. Ranco.”
The two individuals purportedly concluded that “even expressing apathy towards sexual assault is [an] affront to all victims and a line that simply cannot be uncrossed.”
After receiving some backlash, Ranco said his statement was “harsh” and he “doesn’t wish harm on anyone.” The professor’s tweet and Twitter account have since been deleted.
“The recent social media comments made by a part-time employee on his personal page do not represent ACC’s vision, mission, and values,” said an Austin Community College spokesperson to Campus Reform. “The college does not condone these comments and their sentiment.”
DeVos gave a speech Thursday in which she argued that the Obama-era Department of Education had not adequately defended the due process rights of accused students. (RELATED: Secretary DeVos Slams ‘Shameful’ Obama-Era Campus Sexual Assault Policy)
The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to Ranco for comment but received none in time for press.
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