A visiting University of Tampa professor of sociology named Kenneth Storey was fired Tuesday after he tweeted Sunday that Hurricane Harvey was karma for Texans who voted for Donald Trump.
Storey tweeted Sunday: “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.”
University spokesman Eric Cardenas said in a statement that Kenneth Storey was fired after the school weathered an outpouring of online outrage over the comments. Officials said other faculty in the sociology department would take over his classes.
The statement read: “We condemn the comments and the sentiment behind them, and understand the pain this irresponsible act has caused,” the school said in a statement to The University of Tampa community. “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.”
Responding to a commenter who pushed back on the tweet, Storey reportedly wrote: “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.”
The commenter asked Storey if Trump supporters in Florida deserved a similar fate.
“Yep, those who voted for him here deserve it as well.”
By Monday he tweeted: “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 regretted the reaction no doubt.
At this point 16 people have died, including a police officer who drowned in his car and a family of six who drowned when their van was swept away by floodwaters.
Houston is a liberal/leftist city where 54% voted for Hillary Clinton.