Lehigh University Faculty Vote to Rescind Trump's Honorary Degree
Faculty members at a Pennsylvania university voted overwhelmingly that the school should rescind the honorary degree awarded to Donald Trump 30 years ago.
More than 75 percent of the Lehigh University faculty participated in the online vote, with 83 percent of respondents in favor of a motion calling for the honor to be revoked.
Clarification: 83 percent of *voting* faculty supported the motion. 75.6 percent of total faculty participated in the vote.
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The motion says Trump has made a series of statements that "exhibited behavior antithetical to Lehigh values."
Some of the examples given include Trump's remarks in the wake of the Charlottesville incident, his infamous "grab them by the [expletive]" audio tape, his criticism of a federal judge of Mexican ancestry, as well as his comments about former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina's face.
"These statements are unacceptable and provide strong evidence of an ongoing disregard for the values that are the foundation of this university," the motion reads. "As such the Lehigh University faculty call on the Board of Trustees to revoke Donald Trump’s honorary degree. If the Board of Trustees decides to take no action we request an explanation of how these statements square with our values and the principles of our equitable community, and are consistent with the character and high standards expected of honorees."
The results of the vote will now be presented to the university's Board of Trustees, which considered but ultimately took no action on a similar proposal last year.
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