Texas lawyer who said he’d be ‘ok’ if Education Secretary Betsy DeVos sexually assaulted resigns

On Saturday, the Washington Times reported that Texas lawyer Rob Ranco sparked controversy when he issued a tweet saying he’d “be ok” if Education Secretary Betsy DeVos were sexually assaulted.  On Monday, KVUE’s Jenni Lee confirmed that Ranco resigned from the Carlson Law Firm where he worked as a partner.

“I’m not wishing for it… but I’d be ok if #BetsyDevos was sexually assaulted,” he wrote Friday.

“Perhaps Betsy doesn’t understand how horrible rape is,” he said in another tweet. “She’s made the world more dangerous for my daughters. I need her to understand.”

“Make the world more dangerous for my daughters — intentionally — and your well being is not my concern,” he continued. “Full stop.”

Ranco deleted the tweet and his account, but the message was captured for posterity:

Yeah…

Indeed.

The Carlson Law Firm released the following statement, KVUE said:

For those of you who are wondering why this took so long, let me start by saying that this firm is a family and believe it’s up to me to show the same loyalty that I ask of my people. 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.

In the end, we came to the same two conclusions:
With over 150 employees – 75% or whom are women – anyone in our company advocating or even expressing apathy towards sexual assault is affront to all victims and a line that simply cannot be uncrossed.
This has been an enormous distraction that has taken us away from the mission of our firm, which is to care for and help people.
Understanding and accepting this, Rob is taking full responsibility and choosing to resign.

As a man of faith, believer in forgiveness, and longtime friend, it is my sincere hope that Rob with learn from this experience and go on to have a very successful career. 

If nothing else, he could probably get a gig as a talking head at MSNBC…

“My tweet from Friday was a mistake. I take full responsibility from it. It was my mistake and nobody else’s and I apologize. 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,” Ranco told the station Sunday.

KVUE added:

Ranco’s tweet came two days after DeVos vowed to replace “this failed system” and promised to make sure the rights of all sides involved are respected, according to a report from USA Today.

Every survivor of sexual misconduct must be taken seriously,” DeVos said. “Every student accused of sexual misconduct must know that guilt is not predetermined.”

Scratch a liberal, find a hatemonger…

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