A group of students at Harvard University are demanding that the degrees earned by allies of President Donald Trump be taken away as punishment for their political ideologies.
“Harvard must revoke the degrees of alumni whose incendiary language and subversion of democratic processes—rooted in a history of white supremacist voter suppression—incited the violent insurrection on January 6,” the petition said. “This includes all who have used their platforms to deny the validity of the presidential election. They do not and should not represent a university committed to ‘strengthening democracy’ and ‘the advancement of justice.’”
Harvard University students are now circulating a petition that calls for revoking degrees from Trump supporters and aides who attended the elite Ivy League institution.
The petition singled out Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), and White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, but also claimed, “It’s no secret that over a dozen Harvard graduates worked hard to spread the disinformation and mistrust that created last Wednesday’s insurrection.”
The students said that the university’s decision to remove Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik from the Institute of Politics’ Senior Advisory Committee but noted that “banning someone from a committee or campus because they incited a violent attempt to overthrow the U.S. government is the least the University can do.”
“Accountability is not a partisan demand because the validity of armed insurrection is not a partisan issue,” the letter continued. “Voices from the right and left must always be welcome, but the acceptability of violence in politics should not be up for debate at Harvard.”
The petition began circulating around on Wednesday and is said to be gaining some traction among both current and former students.
“I was surprised how popular this petition is even among mid-career students” one student who says he won’t sign on to the effort and spoke on the condition of anonymity because he’s afraid of reprisals. “It’s one thing for 22-year-olds to sign onto something radical but another thing for 40-year-olds to buy into it.”
The petition argues that a Harvard degree is “a privilege, not a right” and therefore no one is entitled to keep their degree if they violate certain laws and societal norms.
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