A sociology professor at the University of Tampa wrote a tweet on Sunday afternoon that suggested that Texas residents deserved the devastation and even death caused by Hurricane Harvey. Professor Kenneth L. Storey’s rationale for such a provocative tweet was because Texas voters supported Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.
Professor Storey wrote in his tweet, “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.”
When a commenter noted that Texas was home to “good people” and that the good professor “may want to rethink” the tweet, Storey maintained his ground: “Well, the good people there need to do more to stop the evil their state pushes. I’m only blaming those who support the GOP there,” Storey wrote.
Storey even lumped the residents of Florida in his controversial tweets saying that the Sunshine State’s residents “deserve” the suffering that Texas experienced because they voted for Trump as well.
Professor Storey has deleted his Hurricane Harvey tweets and posted an apology saying, “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.” He also altered his Twitter account so that it no longer includes a photo of himself. Although Twitter has recorded almost 73,000 tweets by Storey in the past, his current account has only four that show up on his page. Additionally, Storey has made his account private and removed his picture from his account. Also, the University of Tampa has relieved him of all duties and stated that Storey’s comments were “way out of line.”
According to Texas officials, nine people have died because of Hurricane Harvey and the death toll is likely to rise as the rivers continue to rise in the storm’s aftermath. Up to 20 more inches of rain will fall on the state this week.
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