EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- An award-winning novelist who teaches at Michigan State University has told his students that Republicans have "raped this country."
The comments were made last week by William Penn and recorded by a student. Michigan State spokesman Kent Cassella says officials are reviewing the remarks. He says the classroom must be a place for the respectful exchange of ideas.
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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