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MSU professor who said Republicans 'raped this country' reassigned

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An award winning Michigan State University professor whose political rant was caught on camera has been reassigned and is not teaching this semester.

William Penn's remarks were captured on video by a student and posted online by Campus Reform, which is affiliated with the Leadership Institute, a conservative group based in Arlington, Va.

"If you go to the Republican convention in Florida, you see all of the old Republicans with the dead skin cells washing off them," Penn told students last week. "They are cheap. They don't want to pay taxes because they have already raped this country and gotten everything out of it they possibly could."

Penn also said Republicans have "raped" this country.

MSU President Anna Simon told Grand Rapids ABC News affiliate Penn's comments were "out of bounds."

"At some point in time you get out of bounds in the way things are handled - it affects the learning environment," Simon said. "The judgment was that it affected significantly the learning environment."

Penn was expected to teach at least two classes at the East Lansing campus. He's a full professor with tenure and will still collect an annual salary of approximately $150,000. It's not known whether he will teach during the winter term.

VIDEO: MSU students talk to Fox 2's Andrea Isom about the incident

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