Dean Who Said Biden Voters Don't Meet His ‘Standards’ Resigns

November 18, 2020

A dean who criticized supporters of Joe Biden as “ignorant, anti-American and anti-Christian” has resigned from his leadership position and his professorship at Virginia Wesleyan University, the institution announced this week. Paul Ewell, former dean of Virginia Wesleyan’s Global Campus and former professor of management, business and economics, made the controversial statements on Facebook, where he asked Biden supporters and Democrats to unfriend him, alleging that they had “corrupted” the recent election, “our youth” and the country. “I have standards and you don’t meet them,” Ewell wrote on his personal Facebook page, images of which were circulated online. “I wouldn’t hang out with you in real life, I don’t want to hang out with you virtually either.”

Ewell apologized for his comments as unbecoming of a Christian and asked for forgiveness in a statement to the college newspaper. An email from Virginia Wesleyan president Scott Miller to the university's governing board, obtained by the local Virginian-Pilot, says, “While we respect Dr. Ewell’s right to free speech, his comments, particularly coming from a dean of the institution, contradict the values and culture that are such a valued part of who we are.”

President Trump retweeted a news story about Ewell's comments, saying, "Progress!"

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