Trump Derangement Syndrome claims another victim

It’s time to create a ribbon-of-concern for an affliction that is ravaging the mental health and lives of progressive-Americans, that demographic slice of America that runs practically all of cultural, media, and academic institutions. This minority group is besieged by an illness that – like AIDS a generation earlier – was previously unknown, and receives far too little attention.

That disease, of course, is Trump Derangement Syndrome.

The latest victim resides in Texas, and was hit by TDS when he commented on Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s Secretary of Education, who recently revised policy on dealing with sexual assaults on campus. KVUE TV reports:

A Round Rock attorney is catching backlash after making a controversial tweet about Education Secretary Betsy DeVos this weekend.

Robert Ranco posted a tweet Friday that said, "I'm not wishing for it... but I'd be ok if #BetsyDeVos was sexually assaulted. #SexualAssault #TitleIX."

Ranco has since deleted the tweet and his account.

Wow, you don’t get much more politically incorrect than advocating rape. Ranco clearly was not his normal PC self, and he recognized it quickly:

Ranco sent KVUE the following statement Sunday, in response to the tweet:

"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'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. 

And now, he is paying the price:

KVUE's Jenni Lee has confirmed that Robert Ranco resigned after his tweet from Friday about Betsy DeVos received significant backlash.

Carlson Law Firm released the following statement to KVUE after Ranco's resignation:

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. 

So, what color ribbon do we wear to demonstrate our concern over the threat TDS poses?

Hat tip: David Paulin

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