It’s one thing to make a mistake or use a word social justice warriors don’t like, and quite another to consider and then articulate, in public no less, that you’d be fine with someone being secxually assaulted because you disagree with their politics and policy actions. Especially when you’re a lawyer at a firm that helps “injured victims nationwide.” Yeah, got it.
A lawyer that sparked outrage after tweeting that he’d be “OK” with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos being sexually assaulted has resigned from his Texas law firm.
Robert Ranco, a partner at the Carlson Law Firm who disagreed with the Trump administration’s plan to reform how accusations of sexual assault are adjudicated on campus, wrote in a now-deleted tweet Friday: “I’m not wishing for it… but I’d be ok if #BetsyDevos was sexually assaulted.”
The controversial post immediately sparked calls for Mr. Ranco to be fired. In a statement Sunday, Mr. Ranco called the tweet a mistake.
“I take full responsibility from it. It was my mistake and nobody else’s and I apologize,” he told a local ABC affiliate. “I’ll be working continuously moving forward to make it for my mistake. I hope that Secretary DeVos and anyone else who was offended, impacted, shocked by my actions that they can find it in their hearts to forgive me.”
But that apology apparently wasn’t enough. On Monday, the founder of the Carlson Law Firm, Craig Carlson, announced Mr. Ranco had resigned…
He said that after sitting down with Mr. Ranco, they both agreed that “advocating or even expressing apathy towards sexual assault is affront to all victims and a line that simply cannot be uncrossed.”