Tampa, FL – After University of Tampa Professor Ken Storey called Hurricane Harvey “instant karma” for Texas, the professor is now on the receiving end of some instant karma himself.
When the University of Tampa discovered Storey’s comments, they immediately fired him.
The University released a statement which said:
“On Sunday, Aug. 27, visiting assistant professor of sociology Kenneth Storey made comments on a private Twitter account that do not reflect UT’s community views or values. We condemn the comments and the sentiment behind them, and understand the pain this irresponsible act has caused.
“Storey has been relieved of his duties at UT, and his classes will be covered by other sociology faculty. As Floridians, we are well of the destruction and suffering associated with tropical weather. Our thoughts and prayers are with all impacted by Hurricane Harvey.”
Ken Storey’s initial tweet was made on Sunday suggesting that Houston residents deserved the hurricane and flooding for voting Republican.
It should be noted that Houston residents voted primarily for Hillary Clinton and have sued over the state law which prohibits their sanctuary city policies.
That doesn’t seem to matter to Storey, who tweeted on Sunday, “I dont believe in instant Karma but this kinda feels like it for Texas. Hopefully this will help them realize the GOP doesnt care about them”
In his initial tweet, it wasn’t immediately apparent if he was referring to people who voted for President Trump, or Sentaors Ted Cruz and John Cornyn who voted against aid for Hurricane Sandy.
Both senators stated that they voted against the bill because it included billions in spending that was unrelated to the hurricane.
Ken Storey appeared to have clarified more in a response which suggested that it was directed at Trump voters, saying that Florida voters who “voted for him here deserve it as well.”
After attention was brought to his tweets, Storey has shut down his Twitter account.
Eric Cárdenas, Director of Public Information at The University of Tampa, told Fox News in a statement: “The University of Tampa stands in solidarity with the people impacted by Hurricane Harvey, and our thoughts and prayers are with all involved.
“The comments made by Kenneth Storey were made via his private social media account. They were not made within his capacity as a faculty member, and they don’t represent the University’s views. The University of Tampa condemns these comments and the sentiment behind them. Storey has publicly apologized for his comments.”
Storey reportedly tweeted an apology just before shutting down his Twitter account.