University dean resigns over statements made about Biden voters

A university dean in Virginia has resigned from his role after calling Joe Biden supporters “ignorant, anti-American and anti-Christian” online.

The comments made on his privateFacebook account were made public after someone screenshot and circulated them.

The institution confirmed on its website that Dr Paul Ewell resigned from his post.

Dr Ewell called supporters of president-elect Joe Biden 'anti-American' and 'anti-Christian'
Image:Dr Ewell told his Facebook friends to ‘unfriend’ him if they were fans of the president-elect

He has also left his role as professor of management, business and economics at the Virginia Wesleyan University.

On Facebook he told supporters of the president-elect to “unfriend” him and accused them of corrupting the election, as well as “our youth… our country.”

His recent comments were retweeted by President Donald Trump, who shared an article mentioning the former dean’s comments.

Mr Trump captioned the post with the word “Progress!” as a seemingly show of approval for Dr Ewell’s comments.

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University spokesperson Stephanie Smaglo said last week that the former professor had apologised for his comments.

Mr Ewell is reported to have told the university’s student newspaper – the Marlin Chronicle – that he was upset when he made the remarks and regrets his comments.

US President Donald Trump looks on after delivering an update on "Operation Warp Speed" in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC on November 13, 2020. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Image:US President Donald Trump shared his approval of Dr Ewell’s comments on Twitter

He said: “I have friends and family who are Democrats, and I love them dearly.

“I have apologised on both accounts profusely. I set a poor example in that post of what a Christian should be.

“I know that God has forgiven me and already died for my sins. I hope others will forgive me as well.”

Dr Ewell added: “We all need to be a little less quick to anger and a little more willing to forgive, and that certainly applies to me. I am a Christian work-in-progress for sure.”

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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