An award-winning novelist at Michigan State University has been yanked from the classroom after telling his students that Republicans have "raped this country."
The comments were made last week by William Penn and recorded by a student. He says the classroom must be a place for the respectful exchange of ideas.
Michigan State says William Penn acknowledged that some comments were "inappropriate, disrespectful and offensive." In a statement Thursday, the school says Penn's writing classes have been assigned to other instructors.
Penn told his writing students that Republicans are cheap. He says they don't want to pay taxes "because they have already raped this country and gotten everything out of it they possibly could."
Penn says "dead skin cells" were washing off "old Republicans" at the party's convention in Florida. The video was posted online by Campus Reform, a Virginia-based conservative group.
A message seeking comment was left for Penn.
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