|Orange Coast College students, including those in the Feminist Club, rally in support of instructor Olga Perez Stable Cox during a campus rally in Costa Mesa last month. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)|
A community college teacher who attracted national attention for describing the election of Donald Trump as “an act of terrorism” said her comments were meant to comfort her students, not ignite political controversy.
Olga Perez Stable Cox defended her statements – secretly videotaped by a student in clips that went viral online and made national news last month.
“I didn’t say anything wrong or do anything wrong. I didn’t say anything that thousands of Americans weren’t feeling or saying,” Cox, 66, said in a recent interview at her home. “I don’t regret it.”
To those who demand the Orange Coast College instructor apologize for making statements such as “We have been assaulted,” Cox said no apology would be forthcoming. She also denied telling students to stand up if they voted for Trump.
Instead, Cox repeatedly labeled the secret filming, and what has happened since the video clips ricocheted across television screens and online forums, as an attack on her.