Texas community college professor and lawyer Robert Ranco has reportedly stepped down from his firm after posting a tweet saying he’d ‘be ok” with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos being sexually assaulted.
“I’m not wishing for it… but I’d be ok if #BetsyDevos was sexually assaulted,” the tweet posted by Ranco last Friday reads, which has since been deleted.
According to Campus Reform, Ranco is a Paralegal Studies professor at Austin Community College and associated with the Carlson Law firm.
This tweet was a part of a thread condemning DeVos’s move to examine how Title IX rules pertain to sexual assault cases on campuses, specifically how those accused lack due process rights.
Ranco claims DeVos is in turn, putting girls in more danger, also tweeting, “Perhaps Betsy doesn’t understand how horrible rape is. She’s made the world more dangerous for my daughters. I need her to understand.”
Later, the professor tweeted a response to his attackers, saying, “Yes, @twitter. My words were harsh. I don’t wish harm on anyone. I wish there’s some way #BetsyDevos would understand and care about others.
Fox 7 in Austin reported Monday that the law firm’s founder, Craig Carlson, announced Ranco’s resignation.
According to the outlet, Carlson said in a statement, “I wasn’t going to make a rash decision about a member of this family just to appease people on social media. 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.”
Additionally, a spokesperson for Austin Community College told Campus Reform that the school does “not condone these comments and their sentiment.”
“The recent social media comments made by a part-time employee on his personal page do not represent ACC’s vision, mission, and values,” the spokesperson said.