Round Rock attorney sends apology to Betsy DeVos about ‘crass’ tweet


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Robert Ranco sends letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos saying his regretted his tweet.

Ranco resigned Monday from the Carlson Law Firm where he was a partner.

A Round Rock attorney who posted an explosive tweet about U.S. secretary of education said Wednesday he has sent an apology letter to Betsy DeVos.

“I made comments directed at you that were absolutely inexcusable, and I am sorry for that,” Robert Ranco said in the letter, a copy of which he gave to the American-Statesman. “I may disagree with your policies,” it said, “but please know that I don’t believe anyone should ever be subjected to a sexual assault.”

Ranco posted a tweet Friday that read: “I’m not wishing for it…but I’d be ok if #BetsyDevos was sexually assaulted. #SexualAssault #TitleIX.”

The secretary of education had recently called for reexamining the federal guidelines for dealing with campus sexual assault.

RELATED: Round Rock attorney resigns following Betsy DeVos tweet

Critics have said the guidelines, from the Obama administration, are unfair to students accused of sexual assault because the rules call on campus officials with little legal experience to act as judges and set the standard of evidence too low.

DeVos also criticized the rules in a speech at George Mason University in Virginia on Sept. 7, saying they relied on the lowest standard of proof. Advocacy groups for victims pushed back against DeVos, saying the message she sent was a step backward.

The letter Ranco said he sent DeVos on Wednesday also said: “I tweeted something mean and crass and completely insensitive to all victims of sexual assault. It was wholly wrong and a direct contradiction of my position that we need to better protect people.”

Ranco apologized for his tweet for the first time in a statement he issued Sunday.

The tweet caught the eyes of national news outlets such as the Washington Times and Breitbart, as well as Twitter users who snapped screenshots before the account was locked and then deleted.



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