Early yesterday morning, an attorney from Round Rock resigned from his position at a large-scale legal firm after posting a controversial tweet. Said tweet was aimed directly at Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who is currently working to overturn Obama-era guidelines that were designed to crack down on sexual assault incidents at college campuses across the country. The tweet in question was quite vulgar and out of place for the professional attorney.
The tweet by Robert Ranco, a partner at the Carlson Law Firm, reads ‘I’m not wishing for it. But I’d be ok if #BetsyDevos was sexually assaulted. #Sexual Assault. #TitleIX.”
TitleIX is a current federal law prohibiting discrimination based on sex within schools and educational programs that receive federal funding, including protection from any form of sexual harassment. DeVos believes these guidelines that are in place to protect victims deny due process for those accused of sexual assault. She announced last Thursday her intentions to overturn the guidelines.
Ranco, with clouded judgment, posted his tweet on Friday of last week. The tweet was condemned by countless right-leaning publications before Ranco locked his Twitter profile and ultimately deleted the account. The damage was done, though. Internet users made screenshots of the original tweet, which lead to Ranco’s boss, Craig Carlson. By Monday, Ranco was forced to resign.
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When you’re in the public eye, it’s best to remain diplomatic and neutral wherever possible. One must stick to their convictions, but also must walk a fine line without crossing.
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