MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – A University of Memphis Nursing professor is under fire following a weekend tweet that many people are calling tasteless.
On Sunday, Judy Cole replied to a tweet with the following caption, “If she froze to death, she wouldn’t be missed.”
The tweet was a response to Mike Huckabee, who shared an article of his daughter, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. The White House official was given a jacket by an Army pilot because she was cold.
Cole’s chilly tweet caught the attention of Sanders’ father, who called Cole out and tweeted using the University of Memphis’ twitter handle.
Huckabee referred to her as “Nurse Ratched,” a fictional character from the novel “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” He also called into question her professionalism.
Judy Cole is a nursing professor at U of M and has been teaching for over twenty years. Her tweet and the account have since been deleted.
Amid the controversy the University of Memphis issued this statement:
“The University of Memphis has been made aware of personal comments made on social media by a current faculty member of the Loewenberg College of Nursing. These statements do not represent the values of the University of Memphis or the values of the Loewenberg College of Nursing. This matter is being fully investigated in accordance with UofM policies.”
Local 24 spoke to Judy Cole over the phone.
“I really don’t want to talk about this,” she said. “This has gotten blown out of proportion. I talked with my attorney a little while ago.”
When asked if she was concerned for her job, she said she was. People on twitter even demanded she be fired and lose her nursing license.
Local 24 reached out to the Huckabee camp for comment as to why he specifically tweeted U of M and asked what the intent of his tweet was.
In a statement Huckabee said:
“I was stunned that a University nursing professor would wish a young mother of 3 to die, especially when that young mother was my daughter. I know people have strong political views, but that level of hate and vile is shocking, but especially from someone who is educated and supposed to teach healing. I didn’t shame anyone-the person sending the tweet shamed herself, her profession, and her employer with such a vicious and bitter comment.”
U of M nursing students told Local 24 they too were perplexed over the tweet.
“Once you hit, click, post, it’s there forever,” said nursing major Mason Bruno. “It will come back to haunt you. I don’t know why she wrote it. It was just a hurtful comment.”