College dean who called Joe Biden supporters ‘anti-American’ resigns

November 17, 2020 

A Virginia college dean who denounced supporters of President-elect Joe Biden as “ignorant, anti-American and anti-Christian” has resigned, university officials said.

Virginia Wesleyan University said in a brief statement Monday that Paul Ewell, whose post-election Facebook message caught the attention of President Trump, had stepped down from his role following the politically charged remarks.

“Last week, Dr. Paul Ewell resigned as dean of Virginia Wesleyan University Global Campus,” university officials said. “Today, the university accepted his resignation as professor of management, business and economics.”

Ewell’s post on his private Facebook page urged Biden supporters and Democrats to “unfriend” him, the Virginian-Pilot reported.

“If you were ignorant, anti-American and anti-Christian enough to vote for Biden, I really don’t want to be your social friend on social media,” Ewell wrote. “I wouldn’t hang out with you in real life, I don’t want to hang out with you virtually either. You have corrupted the election. You have corrupted our country.”

Ewell then urged those who didn’t support his beliefs to go elsewhere, the newspaper reported.

“I have standards and you don’t meet them,” the post continued. “Please remove yourself.”

One day prior to his resignation, Ewell’s story caught the attention of President Trump, who tweeted a one-word message of “Progress!” while sharing an Associated Press story about the ensuing uproar at the private liberal arts college over the dean’s comments.

Ewell previously said he wrote the message in anger and admitted that he “set a poor example in that post of what a Christian should be,” WAVY reported.

Dr. Paul EwellVirginia Wesleyan University

“I have many Democrat friends and I want to apologize for saying that I didn’t want to be friends with them and for calling them names,” Ewell told the station. “I am genuinely sorry for letting my anger get the best of me.”

One former student, Jasmine Paterson, told WAVY Ewell’s comments were just “not right,” especially for a professor and a dean at the college. More than 1,000 comments were also posted to VWU’s Facebook page calling for him to be fired, the Virginian-Pilot reported.

Ewell put up the post on Nov. 6, three days after the election as the outcome was still in question, according to the newspaper, citing VWU’s student publication, the Marlin Chronicle.

A university spokeswoman declined to elaborate beyond Monday’s announcement regarding Ewell, who has taught at the school since 2008 and directed its MBA program, according to the newspaper.

The announcement came 10 days after VWU began to distance itself from Ewell, saying his views were “expressly” his own.

“Civic engagement and religious freedom are at the core of the university’s values, and we remain an inclusive and caring community that empowers meaningful relationships through listening, understanding, and communication,” university officials said on Nov. 6.

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