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WFU VP of Campus Life Sends Anti-GOP Tweets, Retweets Radicals Linda Sarsour and Michael Moore

From Wake Forest University

Penny Rue, the Vice President for Campus Life and a Professor of Counseling at Wake Forest University, does not hold back any of her political opinions on Twitter. Even though her main responsibility is to promote the safety and well-being of students on campus, the campus administrator tweets or retweets Democratic talking points about President Trump, Speaker Ryan, tax reform, voter suppression, Medicare, and Medicaid. At the time of publishing, her account does not indicate that retweets do not constitute endorsements.

In the past year, Vice President Rue has retweeted factually questionable, left-wing tweets from Linda Sarsour, Michael Moore, Stop the Speaker PAC, UltraViolet Action, Social Security Works, Adam Schiff, Jason Kander and Not ALT WORLD. Just last week, she provided her own hot take, asking whether “is the GOP going to figure out how to take the vote away from women?” in response to a Washington Post opinion piece.

Rue retweeted Linda Sarsour twice over the past year. The first tweet came around the time of the Women’s March leaders to Wake Forest and Carmen Perez, one of the Women’s March organizers. The second retweet was a list of organizations Sarsour encouraged her followers to donate to after Hurricane Harvey. The National Review showed that many of Sarsour’s solicitations were more for leftist community organizing than for disaster relief.

Many of Rue’s recent tweets were highly critical of Republican tax reform efforts. Rue retweeted a cartoon from Michael Moore’s account which portrayed the Senate Republicans saying, “Before we discuss raising taxes on the poor & middle class, adding $1 trillion to the deficit, taking health insurance away from 13 trillion, raising premiums by 10%, defending treason and swearing in a pedophile, let’s begin with a prayer.”

Not only is the statement depicted in the cartoon based on false negative stereotypes of Republicans, but it’s also not factual. According to the Tax Policy Center, middle-income taxpayers (people making between $43,000 and $86,000) would pay around $900 less (roughly 1.6% of after-tax income) in 2018. Furthermore, those making between $20,000 and $30,000 will see a 0.7% boost in after-tax income in 2018.

 Check out some additional tweets and retweets from Rue’s hyper-political Twitter account

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In another retweet, UltraViolet tried to make a statement that the GOP tax plan is bad for women and that slashing taxes for corporations was bad for workers. However, corporate tax cuts have proven to be a boon for both women and American workers in general as a growing list of corporations have provided bonuses to employees and increased investments in the United States.

Rue also retweeted Democrat and former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander’s tweet stating “GOP willing to pass an unpopular tax bill and worsen their terrible standing with the public, because if they don’t, they’ll lose campaign funds. When politicians fear donors more than voters, it’s time to get new politicians who want to change the system.” Public polling, however, has shown that the tax bill has actually become more popular after it was passed.

Rue declined to comment on her Twitter decision making.

As a Vice President at an institution as prestigious and elite as Wake Forest, it’s inappropriate for someone to push a political agenda on the students he or she is representing. Students should be allowed to think freely for themselves, not be misled into thinking the same way that people in power tell them to. While Vice President Rue may be a very kind person, administrators at universities across the country need to take a step back and allow students and other members of a community to think for themselves. Whether your job is in Campus Life or teaching English literature, please stick to your respective responsibilities and do not push an agenda on young people who want nothing to do with your political opinions.

5 Comments

  1. George Little meet Ryan Wolfe.
    How can the same publication object to Penny Rue using her own private twitter account to express her own political views and at the same time criticize the “censorship” of PragerU (which was founded in 2009 by conservative radio talk show host Dennis Prager and radio producer and screenwriter Allen Estrin.- PragerU, like Trump U, is not an academic institution.)
    How can the WFR continually lament that conservative speech is hindered while objecting to an individual expressing her own options on her own twitter account.
    Has WFR come out against free speech? Does accepting a job at WFU mean one gives up the right of free speech?

  2. Ms Rue is entitled to her personal opinions and to share those opinions on social media.

    However, she is doing so not from a personal account, as Tom Daly asserts, but from an account that is associated with WFU (@WFURue). As she is a senior administrator at WFU, this conveys the impression that she is speaking for WFU. This may have a chilling effect on those in the Wake Forest community who may not share here opinions.

    • Anyone acn use the prefix @WFU on their twitter ID– as @wfu_review does, although the review is not supported, associated with, or approved by WFU.
      Anyone can prefix their twitter ID with @WFU as a means of identifying themselves as opposed to others who may have the same name. The prefix does not mean that it is an official WFU twitter account.

  3. Jack Edwards

    This is honestly the most embarrassing article published for any conservative publication EVER. One of the things Wake Forest Review harps on is freedom of speech and respect for other opinions. This is quite the opposite. This is a gross attack on an administrator exercising her political rights on a PERSON account. The writer and editor who wrote and approved this should be removed immediately from the WFR and apologize for this epic hypocrisy.

  4. James Christensen

    I’m interested in the idea that Wake Forest students are “young people who want nothing to do with your political opinions,” because the description clearly doesn’t apply to the author or the other people invested in this outlet. You clearly went out of your way to learn what this woman’s opinions are. You’re clearly heavily invested in what everybody on campus thinks about politics, as much as the average gender studies major or more so. Yet there is the constant pretension that your rivals care about politics too much and you don’t. It’s a pretension that could make sense coming from a conservative student who isn’t actively involved in anything, but it makes no sense at all coming from somebody who is actively getting mad at and writing an essay about a faculty member’s Twitter. It’s very odd and I honestly don’t understand the mentality involved. Do you not have any cognitive dissonance while you write the essay?

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