A now-fired professor from the University of Tampa indicated that the death, damage, and destruction wreaked upon Texans due to Hurricane Harvey is “instant karma” for President Donald Trump winning the state in the 2016 presidential election.
“I don’t believe in instant Karma but this kinda feels like it for Texas. Hopefully this will help them realize the GOP doesn’t care about them,” tweeted Ken Storey, the former college professor whose comments have garnered national media attention — including at least three segments on Fox News and Fox Business Network today alone.
Storey went on to apologize for his insensitive remarks and deleted the controversial tweet. However, his apology-tweet was not taken well, as it has over 2000 replies and less than 100 likes — reaching “The Ratio” level of poor Twitter form.
I deeply regret a statement I posted yesterday. I never meant to wish ill will upon any group. I hope all affected by Harvey recover quickly
— Ken Storey (@klstorey) August 28, 2017
This apology did not prove to be enough to save Storey from his bad-take, as the University of Tampa posted a press release today stating: “We condemn the comments and the sentiment behind them, and understand the pain this irresponsible act has caused. Storey has been relieved of his duties at UT, and his classes will be covered by other sociology faculty.”
However, the former University of Tampa professor is not the only American whose political opinions block empathy for Hurricane Harvey victims, as a Slate reader wrote to the site’s advice column, “Dear Prudence,” to discuss her partner’s refusal to donate to hurricane victims due to a fear that she may inadvertently help a Trump supporter in need.
The hurricane is responsible for the death of three people so far, and that number is expected to grow in the coming days as local news stations have reported that a number of missing people may have drowned. Additionally, 50 counties in the state of Texas are being reported as flooded and 30,000 of the people living in those areas are now in shelters.
Watch the clip above on Storey’s comments via Fox News.
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