A top aide to Attorney General Ken Paxton of Texas resigned on Thursday after posting a Facebook message that mocked the #MeToo movement against sexual assault and harassment.
The aide, Associate Deputy Attorney General Andrew D. Leonie, had posted on Facebook early Wednesday: “Aren’t you also tired of all the pathetic ‘me too’ victim claims? If every woman is a ‘victim,’ so is every man. If everyone is a victim, no one is. Victim means nothing anymore.”
Marc Rylander, a spokesman for the attorney general’s office, said Mr. Leonie had resigned “effective immediately.” Employees in the Texas attorney general’s office are supposed to “refrain from posting information on the internet that could reasonably be expected to generate controversy and/or disruption at the O.A.G.,” according to The Dallas Morning News, which first reported on the Facebook post.
“The views he expressed on social media do not reflect our values,” Mr. Rylander said in a statement. “The O.A.G. is committed to promoting and maintaining a workplace that is free from discrimination and harassment.”
Mr. Leonie did not immediately respond to requests for comment sent by Facebook and email Thursday evening, and no one answered the phone at his listed home number.
His Facebook post, since deleted, was accompanied by a link to an article in The Federalist titled “Can We Be Honest About Women?” That article — written by a woman, D.C. McAllister — argued that women “love the sexual interplay they experience with men, and they relish men desiring their beauty.”
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