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Former MI Gov Backs Out of Harvard Fellowship After SJW Backlash Over Flint Water Crisis

Former MI Gov Backs Out of Harvard Fellowship After SJW Backlash Over Flint Water Crisis

“our current political environment and its lack of civility makes this too disruptive”

This is all about the fact that Rick Snyder is a Republican. Do you think the Democrat mayor of Flint would have gotten the same treatment?

Inside Higher Ed reports:

Ex-Michigan Governor Out at Harvard

Rick Snyder, the Republican former governor of Michigan, told Harvard University he won’t be heading there for a fellowship after all. His announcement Wednesday follows days of vocal opposition to Snyder’s appointment to the Taubman Center for State and Local Government as a senior research fellow.

Snyder’s critics cited his response — or lack thereof — to the Flint, Mich., water crisis during his governorship, from 2011 to 2019.

“It would have been exciting to share my experiences, both positive and negative; our current political environment and its lack of civility makes this too disruptive,” Snyder said on Twitter. “I wish them the best.”

In an email to Harvard’s Kennedy School, Douglas Elmendorf, the school’s dean, wrote that Snyder withdrew from his fall fellowship and that “we and he now believe that having him on campus would not enhance education here in the ways we intended.”

Flint’s population, “especially low-income black residents,” he said, has “suffered acutely because of their poisonous water supply and I have been deeply moved by the personal and thoughtful messages I have received from people in Flint.”

In 2017, Elmendorf made a similar announcement regarding the appointment of convicted Wikileaks source Chelsea Manning as a visiting fellow to the Kennedy School. While Snyder backed out, however, Manning’s fellowship was rescinded. She was still invited to talk on campus, Elmendorf said at the time, but was not right for the perceived honorific of fellow.


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Flint begged the federal government for $100M in water funding, citing emergency. Then it gave the contract to a firm with no experience, threw out the map of where lead pipes are, and let them dig up every single yard w/ an extremely slow, archaic method

— Luke Rosiak (@lukerosiak) May 6, 2019

After a Flint-based, white-owned company w/ extensive relevant experience won the bid, city threw it out. To justify giving work to a company w/ no experience (leaders cited black ownership), they said it would hire a subcontractor w/ qualifications. (Then they stiffed the sub.)

— Luke Rosiak (@lukerosiak) May 6, 2019

Flint is a city (town, really) with 90,000 people, and got 700 MILLION DOLLARS that flowed through a bunch of corrupt, small-time crooks. No one nationally thought to ask where this money was going, just whether there was enough of it. The truth is insane

— Luke Rosiak (@lukerosiak) May 6, 2019

Flint gave its aid $ to an unqualified contractor, bragging that it was black-owned.

It dug holes in the wrong places using comically slow techniques. Its employees allegedly sold drugs on the job. Meanwhile, people with lead pipes waited.

— Luke Rosiak (@lukerosiak) May 6, 2019

Some more tweets by Luke at the link on another democrat rip off of taxpayers for their own personal gain.

I can’t feel too sorry for Rick Snyder as he was the ultimate RINO. He did a good job straightened the state out but did nothing to benefit the state GOP.

Flint had a population of 197,000 in 1960. As 4fun said, it is under 100,000 today. It’s population is mostly black and it has one of the nation’s highest crime rates. About the only positive thing about Flint these days is Bishop Airport.

Flint’s water problems started long before Snyder (its water problems really being an economic problem at its core). Like bw222 said, no love lost on Snyder but dem’s will always find a Republican to blame and taking out a governor, even if now a former one, would be a feather in their cap. If a republican is gonna face this type of environment, you might as well go full on conservative to make it worth the effort. A Republican can never out pander a democrat.