A professor at Michigan State University has been relieved of his teaching duties after making anti-Republican comments in front of a college class, the Detroit News reported Thursday.
Writing professor William Penn said in videotaped remarks posted by CampusReform, an organization geared toward young conservative students, that Republicans “don’t want to pay taxes because they have already raped this country and gotten everything out of it they possibly could.” In a nod to his students, he added that GOP supporters don’t want to pay for college students’ tuition.
Penn went on to slam former presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann.
“But Ann Romney a first lady? And remember this if you are just going to be a greedy bastard all your whole life,” he said in the video, which was recorded by a student last week. “In order to be rich like Mitt Romney … you have to be, think about it, Mitt Romney.”
“Anybody here want to be Mitt Romney? Him? Married to her?” he asked the class.
“The dean of the College of Arts and Letters and a representative from the provost’s office met with Penn, who acknowledged that some of his comments were inappropriate, disrespectful and offensive and may have negatively affected the learning environment,” the university said in a statement, as quoted by the Detroit News.
MSU spokesman Jason Cody told the newspaper that Penn will remain employed with the university, although his classes have been reassigned for at least the remainder of the fall semester.