“Yesterday we witnessed a violent assault on the foundations of our democracy”
The school was already under pressure to do this. This gave them just the excuse they needed.
CBS News reports:
Lehigh University rescinds Trump’s honorary degree after Capitol assault
Lehigh University has rescinded the honorary degree it awarded to President Donald Trump more than 30 years ago. The announcement came two days after the president encouraged a mob of his supporters who stormed the Capitol, and as lawmakers pushed for his ouster.
“In a special session Thursday of the Executive Committee of the Lehigh University Board of Trustees, the members voted to rescind and revoke the honorary degree granted to Donald J. Trump in 1988,” Lehigh, a private university in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, announced in a brief statement Friday. “The full Board of Trustees affirmed the decision today.”
A spokesperson for Lehigh told CBS News that the university has no further comment beyond the statement.
According to the university’s student newspaper, there have been several recent petitions to rescind Mr. Trump’s honorary degree, the latest of which was created on November 5. One professor, Dr. Jeremy Littau, tweeted that the Board of Trustees has been facing pressure from faculty, staff, students and alumni to revoke the degree for five years.
While the university did not elaborate on its decision to rescind the honor, President John D. Simon said on Thursday that “we have much work to do” to unify the country.
“Yesterday we witnessed a violent assault on the foundations of our democracy — the abiding respect for the will of the people exercised in a free election and the peaceful transfer of power,” Simon said in a statement after the attack. “I sincerely hope we can turn the sadness and anger that the lawlessness in our nation’s capital has evoked into motivation to make our nation ore just. I trust that it will inspire us to redouble our efforts to unite our country and encourage the peaceful pursuit of governance, guided by truth and reason.”
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