A visiting assistant professor got his own dose of “instant karma” after tweeting out on Sunday that Hurricane Harvey was “instant karma” for Texas because of the state’s support of Republicans: He lost his job.
In a statement on its Facebook page published Tuesday, the University of Tampa said Kenneth Storey, a visiting assistant professor of Sociology, “has been relieved of his duties at UT.”
“We condemn the comments and the sentiment behind them, and understand the pain this irresponsible act has caused,” the university said. “… As Floridians, we are well aware of the destruction and suffering associated with tropical weather. Our thoughts and prayers are with all impacted by Hurricane Harvey.”
Storey suggested on Sunday that the destruction by Hurricane Harvey, which has caused devastating flooding in southeastern Texas, was karma for those who support the GOP. He has since deleted the post from his Twitter account, but it was up long enough to achieve everlasting-life via re-tweets.
“I don’t believe in instant Karma but this kinda feels like it for Texas. Hopefully this will help them realize the GOP doesnt care about them,” Storey tweeted.
WOW! Professor at U of Tampa says GOP voters and Houston residents DESERVE #hurricaneharvey because of how they voted — SICK!
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) August 28, 2017
The comments were sent to WFLA, a news station in Tampa, and were shared by Charlie Kirk, the founder of the conservative group, Turning Point USA.
Storey, whose account is now private, apologized for his tweet and wished a fast recovery for those impacted by the storm.
“I deeply regret a statement I posted yesterday. I never meant to wish ill upon any group. I hope all affected by Harvey recover quickly,” Storey tweeted Monday.
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