Rick Perry punched down this week.
The U.S. Secretary of Energy is accused of bully tactics at – of all places – his alma mater.
“It takes a lot of nerve for 67 year old @SecretaryPerry to bully a college junior for fairly winning an election #TXLege,” tweeted Sarah Kate Ellis, president of GLAAD, on Thursday.
In an op-ed published Wednesday in the Houston Chronicle, Perry wrote that he is “deeply troubled” by the election of Bobby Brooks, 21, the first openly gay student body president in Texas A&M history.
Brooks won the election after his opponent, Robert McIntosh, was disqualified for failing to disclose campaign expenses. McIntosh is the son of a prominent Republican fundraiser from Dallas.
“It is difficult to escape the perception that this quest for ‘diversity’ is the real reason the election outcome was overturned,” Perry wrote. “Does the principle of ‘diversity’ override and supersede all other values of our Aggie Honor Code?”
A&M election officials caught McIntosh via a campaign video in which glow sticks were used but never reported on financial documents.
“The desire of the electorate is overturned, and thousands of student votes are disqualified because of free glow sticks that appeared for 11 seconds of a months-long campaign. Apparently, glow sticks merit the same punishment as voter intimidation,” Perry wrote.
Perry went on to question if McIntosh would have been disqualified had he been a “minority student.”
A Texas A&M graduate and former Texas Governor, Perry campaigned for U.S. President in 2012 and 2016. In 2012 he filmed a campaign video blasting the Obama administration’s decision to lift the ban on openly gay people to serve in the military.
Brooks has not responded to Perry's op-ed, but Ellis is furious.
"As a mother who works daily to protect children, I am disgusted that a father like @SecretaryPerry would stoop this low," Ellis tweeted, adding "Some advice for @SecretaryPerry: Kids like Bobby Brooks are the future, and should be encouraged and not harrassed."